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USDA Letter

USDA Letter

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TheHonorableRobertDoarCommissioner
New
York
Human
Resources
Administration
180
Wafer
Street
NewYork,
NewYork
10083
DearCommissionerDoar:
This
letterwas
sent
to
New
York
Stateseveraldays
ago.
Thepurpose
of
theletter
is
to
share
with
you the
same
information
about
fingerimaging
*u,l
sent
to
all
State
commissioners
for
the
Suppiemental
Nutrition
AssistanceProgram
(SNAP)
in
a
letter
dated
May
7,2010'
Mindful
of
the
responsibilityto
make
sure
thattheSNAP
properly
serves
all.people
who
are
eligible,we
stronglybelievethat
in all
States
SNAPmust
beaccessible
toalleligiblehouseholds.
In
thischallenging
economy,governmentsmust
review
programpractices,
deviseand
implement
appropriate
itra:tegies
baseiupon
their
fesources'
and
do
so
in
order
to
meet
the
growing
needs
of
low
income
people.
A
prominent
and
continuing
area
of
concern
to
manyregarding
access
toSNAP
for
eligible
persons
has
becomecertainStates'
use
offingerimaging
systems
as
a
method
to
deter
duplicate
participation.
While
theFood
and
NutritionActof
2008
does
require
States
toimplement
systems
that
deter
duplicate
participation,
there
areseriousconcerns
that
fingerimaging
requirementsmaybe'a
barriir
toparticipation
amongmany
of
thehard
to
reach
eligible
populations
whowishtoenrollin
the
Program.Furthermore'
some
government
sponsored
ituOi.t
have
shown
thesesystems
are
not
cost
effective'As
States
lookfor
ways
toprovide
needed
public
services
in
difficult
fiscal
times,the
costsassociated
with
finger
imagirrgshouldbeexamined
and
reconsidered.Most
States
satisfutherequirement
to
establish
a
system
toprevent duplicate
participation
bymatching
names
with
socialsecuritynumbers,
*hi"tt
is
failess
costlythan
fingerimaging
yetis
equallyeffective
at
detectingduplicate
participation.
We
need
to
makeevery
public dollar
countbymanaging
resources
in
themost
efficient
and
effective
manner
porribi..
Wemust
alsoensure
thafwe
are
not
creating
unnecessaryand
harmful
barriersin the
application
process,
so
we
can
assure
fair
andreasonable
access
tothis
essential
nutrition
Program.
I
recognizethe
need
for
a
critical
balance
betweenencouraging
participatiolby
alleligible
households,ensuringprogram
integrity,
and
being
fiscallyresponsible'To
thatend'
USDA
continues
tomonitor
andevaluate
howfingerimaging
systems
may
impact
cost
and
eligibleclientparticipation.

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