OIG developing new tools to combat SNAP fraud with help of USDA grant

The OIG continues to enhance fraud detection using funds from a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant to build data-driven methods of identifying Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) fraud.

The OIG’s Benefits Program Integrity (BPI) division was one of nine state agencies across the country to receive a share of the $5 million in SNAP Fraud Framework Implementation Grant funding awarded in September 2020. Agencies received funding for two years to implement innovative concepts and best practices aimed at improving state efforts to detect, investigate and prevent the misuse of SNAP.

Since the award, the OIG has worked with vendors to design a data model using algorithms and visualization tools that can help BPI investigators proactively identify cases with an increased risk of fraud. BPI and its contractor are currently collaborating with the OIG’s data team, Texas Health and Human Services Information and Technology, the Center for Analytics and Decision Support, and Access and Eligibility Services to refine data incorporated into the model, validate and weigh potential risk indicators and secure sustainable infrastructure.

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