DPHSS: 8 Disqualified From Food Stamp and Temporary Assistance Programs in Q3

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Guam –  8 people were disqualified from the food stamp and temporary assistance programs in the third quarter of this fiscal year.

DPHSS Director James Gillan reports that 5 people were disqualified from the food stamp program, now known as SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program].  And 3 people were disqualified from the TANF program [Temporary Assistance Top Needy Families].

He says the clients were found to have intentionally violated SNAP and TANF rules.

Of  the eight disqualifications, two were the result of failing to report the loss of household members. Five were disqualified for failing to report their employment in a timely manner. And one client was penalized for exchanging benefits for cash.

7 of those disqualification are for a period of 1 year.

The 8th person has been permanently disqualified “as a result of trafficking” states the release from DPHSS.

Penalties for Intentional Program Violations are:

* 12 MONTHS for the 1ST VIOLATION
* 24 MONTHS for the 2ND VIOLATION
* PERMANENT DISQUALIFICATION for the 3RD VIOLATION
* PERMANENT DISQUALIFICATION for TRAFFICKING over $500.00

PROGRAM RULES:

* Under the Simplified Reporting on SNAP, households are required to report only when the income exceeds 130% of the federal poverty level. This change 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 from 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 735-7379/7344.