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Food stamp error rates provide more evidence for welfare reform

If you need additional evidence to support welfare reform, look no further than the latest quality control report on the food stamp program. While the report boasts improved reporting measures, the findings are not as encouraging — 80 percent of improper food stamp payments are overpayments at taxpayers’ expense.

The new report released by the Trump administration measures error rates in the food stamp program, and is the first report of its kind during this administration. The U.S. Department of Agriculture postponed error rate reports after concerns were raised about their accuracy in 2015. At that time, the national error rate for the food stamp program was measured at 3.66 percent.

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