Electronic Publications from the Food Assistance & Nutrition Research Program No. (EFAN-04003) 78 pp
Simplified Reporting and Transitional Benefits in the Food Stamp Program-Case Studies of State Implementation: Final Report
This study examines the experiences of four States (Arizona, Louisiana, Missouri, and Ohio) that use the simplified reporting option of the Food Stamp Program; Arizona also uses the transitional benefit option. With simplified reporting, States lengthen the certification period for most food stamp recipients, minimize reporting requirements between recertifications, and reduce exposure to quality control errors. With transitional benefits, States automatically continue benefits for up to 5 months for most families that leave the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. The options were introduced in 2000 and expanded under the 2002 Farm Act. The States reported reduced staff workload, improved client access, and reduced quality control errors with simplified reporting but faced some operational challenges that made realizing the option's full potential difficult. Transitional benefits were considered a valuable support for families but required substantial planning and staff resources. The primary sources of information for the study were indepth in-person interviews with State Food Stamp Program administrators and field office staff.
Keywords: Food Stamp Program, simplified reporting, transitional benefits, Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Program, FANRP
In this publication...
- Entire Report
- Abstract, Acknowledgments, Contents, Executive Summary
- Chapter One: Introduction
- Chapter Two: State Policy Design and Implementation
- Chapter Three: The Operation of Simplified Reporting in the Field
- Chapter Four: Simplified Reporting Findings
- Chapter Five: Transitional Benefit Alternative
- Appendix A