Project: Food Stamp Program Certification Costs and Errors, 1989-2005
Award Year: 2006
Amount of award, fiscal 2006: $130,000.00
Institution: Abt Associates Inc.
Principal Investigator: Christopher Logan
Status: Completed
Detailed Objective: The effectiveness of Food Stamp Program (FSP) expenditure levels is an important issue. FSP administration represents a significant share of USDA’s expenditures, with $2.6 billion in Federal funds spent on FSP administration in FY 2005. About an equal amount of State and local funds was spent as well. This study will examine the relationships of State certification error rates to State expenditures or effort on certification-related activities, program policies, caseload characteristics, and economic conditions. Using new data for 2002-05 along with the 1989-2001 data used in a previous study, this study will focus on recent declines in error rates and whether recent options for program simplification and an emphasis on access have changed the relationships from the previous analysis. For this analysis, multivariate cross-sectional time-series models will be estimated using several alternative methods to control for State effects, autocorrelation of errors, and lagged effects of the dependent variable.
Topic: Program Integrity, Program Operations, SNAP/Food Stamp Program
Logan, C., R. Kling, and W. Rhodes. Food Stamp Program Certification Costs and Errors, 1989-2005: Final Report, Contractor and Cooperator Report No. 45, USDA, ERS, June 2008.