Duplicate Welfare Payments in New York Jurisdictions

HRD-78-133: Published: Jun 21, 1978. Publicly Released: Jun 21, 1978.

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Data from the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program rolls in New York City were compared with data from Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties using social security number (SSN) as the sole identifier.

Computer comparisons were made of these jurisdictions' rolls to determine whether individuals received duplicate payments and, if so, whether the duplicate payments were received from more than one jurisdiction. A number of AFDC recipients' SSN's appeared on more than one jurisdiction's rolls or more than once on the same roll; however, the jurisdictions identified only a limited number of recipients who were receiving duplicate payments. Many recipients' case files had missing or incorrect SSN's; a number of the matches occurred because of incorrect SSN's. There was no standard format for storing recipient information in the agencies' data files.

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