For Immediate Release
November 22, 2016
Contact: Thomas Mills
Feds Award Department of Transitional Assistance with $3.3 Million in SNAP Performance Bonus
BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) was awarded an approximately $3.3 million performance bonus from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for maintaining the integrity of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Quality Control (QC) system.
“I am thrilled that Massachusetts and DTA have been recognized by our federal partners as not only maintaining an effective and reliable QC system, but also for our high performance,” said DTA Commissioner Jeff McCue. “DTA works diligently to ensure those eligible for SNAP benefits receive them timely and the program is administered with the upmost integrity.”
FNS conducted nationwide SNAP QC integrity reviews between April 2015 and September 2016. Massachusetts received the bonus because the state SNAP QC system operated within federal guidelines allowing FNS to validate the state’s error rate of 5.25 percent.
In a letter to Commissioner Jeff McCue from the USDA, the federal agency thanked Massachusetts for maintaining QC integrity. The letter also notes that the $3.3 million bonus must be used to bolster Massachusetts SNAP system through investments in benefit delivery, program integrity, or technological enhancements.
DTA’s mission is to assist and empower low-income individuals and families to meet their basic needs, improve their quality of life, and achieve long-term economic self-sufficiency. One in nine Massachusetts residents receive SNAP benefits, and every dollar of SNAP spent generates approximately $1.70 in economic activity.