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DHS Reports Security Boosts Have Yielded Significant Savings

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Officials with the Department of Human Services announced increased oversight for its major programs and said it’s paying off financially.

The department reported Thursday that savings increased by $65 million over the last fiscal year.

As DHS Secretary Ted Dallas explained, its programs can be complicated. 

Things like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, and other state benefits involve a lot of paperwork, and Dallas said administrative errors are relatively common.

But he said the department has made some changes in the last year that have cut down dramatically on payments to ineligible people.

“There are two things: one was we hired some more staff, and that was sort of in a no-brainer category because these folks more than pay for themselves several times over,” he said. “And then, when we make payments, we have made some changes and upgraded the technology we use there and tightened up those data checks.”

Dallas said all told, the savings for this year is pegged at $648 million.