The Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Card Commission recommended in a report that the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) and the Office of the Inspector General “sign a memorandum of understanding to determine the scope of a study to be conducted by July 1, 2012 … [to] review the eligibility determination in DTA cash assistance programs …”

On April 2, 2012, State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump notified the Commission and the Governor that she had scheduled an audit of DTA’s public assistance programs to commence within the week and asked that the study be delayed.  She noted that any EBT card program study “would be enhanced if it was preceded by an audit … of the DTA’s current system of policies and controls….” 

On April 4, 2012, the Inspector General wrote to the Auditor that he concurs with the proposal to delay any study until after the completion of the audit and a review of any recommendations.

On April 18, 2012, DTA Commissioner Daniel J. Curley wrote to the Auditor also agreeing with the proposal for the audit to be completed prior to the implementation of the Commission’s recommendation for a study.

Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Card Study Delay Correspondence, April 2012 pdf format of    EBT Study Delay Correspondence, April 2012