State Auditor to Review SNAP Administration

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Celia Cole /(512) 320-0222 x110

January 12, 2010

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Last month, Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Tom Suehs asked the Texas State Auditor to review the agency’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) operations and recommend changes to address the persistent and severe backlogs and delays in application processing, among other performance problems. The audit presents a critical opportunity to investigate the root causes of the problems facing our eligibility system and identify solutions.

This Policy Page outlines the problems, summarizes recent efforts to resolve them, identifies areas for further investigation, and offers potential solutions.