This recommendation has been superseded by a recommendation from a subsequent report. See 2015-503 #13.
To expedite the distribution of the $42.1 million in food stamp overpayment collections to the appropriate entities, Social Services should continue to work with the USDA and make its reconciliation of the backlog of overpayments a priority. Further, it should develop procedures to ensure that it promptly reconciles future overpayments. Additionally, Social Services should continue to monitor the counties collection reports to ensure that counties are reporting accurate information.
Social Services indicates that as of June 2010 all overpayment collections were recovered. The total overpayment collections changed from $42.1 million to $39.8 million due to adjustments and revisions. As for the interest that counties earned while holding these funds, Social Services indicated it collected and forwarded $465,000 to the federal government and that it is working with counties to collect the remaining interest earnings. Social Services also reports implementing a process to ensure the quarterly reconciliations are done timely and accurately. Finally, during the IEVS reviews, Social Services indicates staff are reviewing the accuracy of counties collection reports. (2011-406, p. 213).
Subsequent to the original publication of this response, the state auditor considered this recommendation to be fully implemented.
Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.