Overview and Perspectives on the Food Stamp Program

RCED-85-109: Published: Apr 17, 1985. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 1985.

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GAO reviewed five major Food Stamp Program issues, including: (1) program accountability and integrity; (2) program simplification; (3) nutritional adequacy of the program; (4) the interrelationship of the program with other food assistance programs; and (5) program coverage and eligibility requirements.

GAO found that program errors continued to sap program resources causing about $1 billion in overissued benefits. GAO found that, in spite of legislative and related administrative measures, substantial amounts of over- and underissuances of program benefits continued to occur. GAO has previously reported that different administrative rules, funding systems, and operating procedures have resulted in program inefficiencies and losses. GAO noted that the rapid growth of food assistance programs has created a need to examine and consider the interrelationships and overall effectiveness in providing food assistance.

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