Guam – The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP, formally known as the Food Stamp Program] has bounced 5 people from the food stamp rolls.
3 were disqualified for 12 months because they failed to timely report employment or income. 1 was not eligible to receive benefits and another failed to report the correct number of people in their household.
Each has been ordered to pay restitution.
See the DPHSS reprot below:
The Acting Director of the Department of Public Health and Social Services, Mr. James W. Gillan, releases the statistics for the Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2011 (January 2011 to March 2011) relative to the number of clients who were disqualified from participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP formerly known as Food Stamp Program) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program.
These clients were found to have intentionally violated rules under the SNAP and TANF Programs.
PROGRAM NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS DISQUALIFIED AMOUNT OF RESTITUTION
2nd Quarter 2nd Quarter
SNAP 03 $11,853.00
TANF 02 $1,704.20
GRAND TOTAL 05 $13,557.20
Of the five (5) individuals disqualified, three (3) were due to failure to timely report employment and/or income, one (1) was not eligible to receive TANF benefits, and one (1) failed to report household size properly. All were disqualified for 12 months for the first violation.
Individuals who were found to have committed Intentional Program Violation (IPV) through Administrative Disqualification Hearing (ADH) shall be ineligible to participate in the program for:
12 MONTHS for the 1ST VIOLATION
24 MONTHS for the 2ND VIOLATION
PERMANENT DISQUALIFICATION for the 3RD VIOLATION
Effective February 01, 2009, SNAP implemented Simplified Reporting requiring household, to report only when (1) the income exceeds 130% of the federal poverty level and (2) address change. These changes must be reported by the 10th of the month following the month the change occurred. To comply with TANF Program requirements, any change in employment, household members moving in or out, or change of address requires that the household report to the department within 10 days of the date the change becomes known to the household.
Should you have any questions, please contact Mr. Francis L.G. Damian, Program Coordinator IV, Investigation and Recoupment Office at the Bureau of Management Support at 735-7379.