TESTIMONY ON FRAUD AND PROGRAM INTEGRITY IN THE FOOD STAMP PROGRAM
September 26, 2018
Tarren Bragdon, President and CEO, Foundation for Government Accountability
The recent history of massive expansion and associated fraud problems in the food stamp program is alarming. The program grew unchecked for nearly two decades, and that growth has only just begun to level off in large part thanks to the improvements in the economy under President Trump and this Congress. In 2000, there were just 17 million people on food stamps. Today, there are nearly 40 million. Half are able-bodied adults. This comes at a time when there is a record number of job openings and record, or near-record, low unemployment in states across the country. There are 6.9 million open jobs in the country.