Overpayments and Intentional Program Violations With a Focus on SNAP
As a result of the pandemic, OTDA and local districts implemented a host of new SNAP program options and initiatives, including emergency allotments, SNAP waivers, and online purchasing. At the same time, there was a dramatic increase in the number of people applying for benefits as many households faced greater food insecurity. Lastly, many programs were changed in significant ways, including unemployment insurance, resulting in changes on SNAP eligibility. As a result of these challenges, it is expected that many SNAP households may have been issued incorrect benefit amounts, either through agency errors or inadvertent household errors. Collection of overpayments is regulated under federal law at 7 CFR 273.18, and pursuant to local Claims Plans, where flexibilities regarding thresholds for collection, available waivers, and compromises are identified.
Saima Akhtar, National Center for Law & Economic Justice
Abby Biberman, New York Legal Assistance Group
- October 20, 2022
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