Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Rooting Out EBT Fraud Is More Complex Than It Seems

Like most things in DC these days, the case of misuse of EBT and government-sponsored EBT cards is becoming politicized. Those on the right want more prohibitions enshrined in law, tougher enforcement and penalties. Those on the left take the cost-benefit approach and say additional enforcement isn't justified by the relatively small amount of money that would be saved from diversion to misuse.

Kevin Miller of the Maine Morning Sentinel had a nice piece out on January 12 laying out the problems and issues in enforcing Congress' February 2012 law prohibiting the use of Tanf benefits in casinos, liquor stores and adult entertainment venues.

You can click here to read the Miller article. I urge you to read it.

Mr. Miller takes a deep dive into the issues facing state agencies who are trying to comply with the federal law, as well as the myriad of state laws that the federal law from Washington has spawned.

We're pleased that Mr. Miller's well-researched article relied in good measure on the work of the eGovernment Payments Council. Most notably, he bases the article on an interview with eGPC, our  White Paper Restricting Access to Tanf Funds at Specific Merchant Locations, and our followup Spring 2013 Survey of state agencies.

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