Performance Audits: Recent Reports

Performance Audits : Recent Reports : EBT Cards

Controls over EBT Cards and the Eligibility of Card Users (pdf, 875kb)
November 2014

The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) administers large federal food and financial assistance programs, which provide nearly $2 billion in annual benefits to low–income Washington residents. These program benefits can be abused or paid to persons who do not qualify to receive them. Recent legislation required DSHS to make efforts to address these risks an agency priority.

Our audit concluded that DSHS’ efforts are effective in those areas examined. We did identify a few areas where DSHS can further improve that effectiveness: using data to more quickly identify program participants who have moved out of state, earned more income than allowed, or died while receiving benefits.

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