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Recommendation: The Secretary of Agriculture should take additional steps to collect and disseminate information on promising practices that could help improve data matching processes among state SNAP agencies, including broad and timely dissemination of information on results of recent relevant pilots or demonstrations.
Agency: Department of Agriculture Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) agreed with this recommendation. In August 2019, FNS reported that it is conducting an ongoing study to catalog and describe how states are currently using or planning to use data matching strategies to reduce recipient fraud, payment errors, and administrative burden for both applicants and eligibility workers. FNS expects this study to be completed in early 2020. According to FNS, the study results will assist FNS better understand how state SNAP agencies choose to focus their data matching efforts and determine where to gather more information about promising practices that can be shared more broadly and what additional technical assistance resources may be useful for state agencies. As of August 2019, FNS is also pursuing regulatory actions to implement new requirements to establish an interstate data system by expanding on lessons learned and best practices of the National Accuracy Clearinghouse pilot, among other steps. We will close this recommendation when this study has been completed and its results are disseminated and/or when FNS more broadly disseminates information to states on the National Accuracy Clearinghouse that includes related lessons learned and best practices.
Recommendation: To better monitor agency use of the DNP working system once a strategy has been developed, the Director of OMB should develop and implement monitoring mechanisms--such as goals, benchmarks, and performance measures--to evaluate agency use of the DNP working system.
Agency: Executive Office of the President: Office of Management and Budget Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: OMB agreed with the concept of monitoring mechanisms and will continue to work with agencies to reduce improper payments and encourage agencies to establish goals to improve payment accuracy that will be monitored and evaluated by OMB. In fiscal year 2019, OMB provided us a status update on July 31, 2019, stating that Treasury does this monitoring and reports updates to OMB on a quarterly basis and that monitoring will occur in conjunction with the President's Management Agenda. We are working with OMB currently to obtain the reports that OMB receives from Treasury for our review. As of February 2020, OMB has not provided any new status updates for this recommendation. We will continue to monitor the status of this recommendation.