Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack commended certain states for their excellence in administering the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the 2010 fiscal year - the fourth year in a row the program has achieved a historically high payment accuracy rate. The rate for 2010 was 96.19% - a rate that Vilsack says underscores the Administration's ongoing effort to make government more accountable to the American people. Each state agency is required to monitor and improve its administration of SNAP - and through work with USDA - those agencies continue enhancing the integrity of the SNAP program while demand increases in response to national economic conditions.
USDA is investing in process improvement efforts this year and also is interested in funding projects that use technology to achieve procedural changes. SNAP has proved essential to the nutrition and well-being of one in seven people in the U.S. and provides stimulus to the economy - with every $5 in new SNAP benefits generating $9 in economic activity.
USDA provides monetary incentives to the seven states that have the best payment accuracy rates and the three states with the most improved accuracy. This year those states include Florida, South Dakota, Delaware, Illinois, Mississippi, Wisconsin and Georgia with best payment accuracy and Texas, Indiana and Illinois with most improved accuracy.