Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Fraud

Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Affairs
Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Affairs
Subcommittee on Healthcare, Benefits, and Administrative Rules
Subcommittee on Healthcare, Benefits, and Administrative Rules
Hearing Date: September 26, 2018 10:00 am 2154 Rayburn HOB

PURPOSE:
  • To discuss how to combat Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) fraud from both a federal and state perspective.
  • To explore how Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) can more effectively assist states in the program’s administration.
BACKGROUND:
  • SNAP is a federal aid program administered through the Department of Agriculture’s FNS division that offers nutritional assistance to eligible, low-income individuals and families. In Fiscal Year 2017, SNAP spending totaled $68 billion for 42.1 million recipients, funded fully by federal taxpayers.
  • In 2016, states conducted more than 963,000 recipient fraud investigations, determining these cases cost SNAP nearly $593 million in program loss. FNS determined retailers trafficked more than $3 billion in SNAP benefits between 2012 and 2014 – equivalent to roughly 1.5 percent of total SNAP benefits redeemed.
  • SNAP was last authorized in 2014, and is set to expire in September 2018. Proposed legislation for the 2018 Farm Bill includes various reform proposals for SNAP, including changes intended to reduce errors and fraud.

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Ann Coffey Assistant Inspector General Investigations USDA Inspector General Document
Tarren Bragdon President and CEO The Foundation for Government Accountability Document
Thomas Roth Director, Fraud Investigations Unit Maine Department Health Human Services Document
Dr. Craig Gundersen Soybean Industry Endowed Professor in Agricultural Strategy University of Illinois Document