Enhanced detection and data analytics for food stamp fraud
saving taxpayers’ money
The arrest of a Little Rock, Arkansas, woman charged with 17
counts of fraud is the culmination of a multi-state and federal investigation
initiated by Utah’s Department of Workforce Services Eligibility Services
In early March 2016, the Eligibility Services Division
investigations unit and data analytics specialist uncovered an extensive
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or food stamps) fraud case
centered in Arkansas. The team acted quickly to notify Salt Lake City’s special
agent with the United States Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector
General (USDA/OIG), and identified possible suspects and began gathering
Most people associate the Department of Workforce Services primarily with workforce development and job service programs. What many don’t realize is that we do far more than supporting job seekers and employers. One of the programs administered by the department is the Permanent Community Impact Fund. The Community Impact Board (CIB) oversees this fund and provides loans and grants to counties, cities and towns that are impacted by mineral resource development on federal lands. More...
In the 2016 Legislative Session, House Bill 325 was
passed that required the transition of the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation
to the Department of Workforce Services. On June 1, 2016, the final transition
plan was submitted to the Legislature and posted online for public viewing at jobs.utah.gov/usortransition.
Jon Pierpont, executive director of Department of
Workforce Services, also submitted a letter to Legislators describing the
department’s priority of a successful transition and the steps taken to create
the plan and execute it by October 1, 2016.
Read Jon’s letter: More...