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Posted by: | Posted on: October 17, 2020

BLOG: Governor Wolf Announces Avoided Costs, Waste Prevention as Result of Significant Reduction in SNAP Error Rate (ROUND-UP)

first_img Economy,  Efficiency,  Round-Up,  The Blog Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf joined the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) to announce a significant reduction in the error rate of the administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This is the latest success in the Wolf Administration’s “Government that Works” effort to spearhead initiatives that save costs, reduce waste, improve efficiency, and reform government programs.Nationally, the SNAP payment error rate was 3.66% in 2014. Since coming into office in January, the Wolf Administration has reduced the food stamp error rate by 58% to 2.01%, which is well below the national average. Furthermore, this reduction represents the largest percentage decrease in the SNAP error rate in a single year in the 29 years that these records have been kept. The change in error rate is estimated to equal a cost avoidance of nearly $35 million.Check out the coverage of the announcement below:Reading Eagle: Gov. Wolf says reduced fraud, errors cut cost of food stamps.“The state’s efforts to modernize the food stamp program and root out fraud has resulted in big savings for taxpayers, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday at a press conference surrounded by food security advocates. The governor said his administration has avoided handing out $35 million in erroneous payments by reducing the percentage of Pennsylvanians mistakenly receiving too much or too little under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. He credited case workers for the success… ‘This is really a win-win for everyone involved,’ [Joanne Glover, a special assistant in the department of human services,] said shortly after the press conference. ‘Being accountable to those we serve and to the taxpayers was our mission when we started these initiatives.’… Wolf touted the success as one of the many ways his administration is cutting costs and improving efficiency.” [01/20/16]WITF: Food stamps program cutting errors, says Wolf.“The Wolf administration says the state’s food stamps program is making fewer mistakes, marking its lowest error rate in 29 years of keeping records. ‘We’re not giving anything to the wrong people and we’re doing this the right way,’ said Governor Tom Wolf on Wednesday. The lower error rate is estimated to save as much as $35 million in federal money for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Computer system updates have helped drive down instances of overpayment, underpayment, and fraud. Regular bureaucratic check-ups have also helped administrators avoid the most common errors.” [01/20/16]WTAJ: PA reports millions in food stamp savings.“Governor Tom Wolf  says a reduction in errors in Pennsylvania’s food stamp program has saved $35-million dollars this year. The governor says erroneous payments in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have dropped by 58 percent , thanks to better training of staff. The administration says the state’s Department of Human Services implemented a bi-weekly “Knowledge Check” for staff who work on food stamps to ensure they’re well-versed on  issues that account for the highest number of errors. DHS also provided in-depth training to staff in areas of the state with higher error rates.” [01/20/16]Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: State says error rate for food stamps drops to lowest recorded level.“The state has reduced its food stamp error rate to what officials say is the lowest ever in the 29 years it has been keeping records, to just slightly over 2 percent. Department of Human Services staff credited the improvement to improved technology and better staff training. ‘People from time to time need help … we’re trying to do our best to make this program work for the people who need it,’ Mr. Wolf said. ‘We’re also trying to do our best to make it work for the people who fund it, the taxpayers who fund this program.’” [01/20/16]FOX43: Governor: Pennsylvania SNAP error rates well below national average.“‘Today, we are thrilled to announce that the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services is administering SNAP at historically accurate levels,’ said Governor Wolf. ‘This is an exciting announcement, as it shows success in our work to combat hunger and food insecurity in our state, as well as in our push to create a government that works in Pennsylvania… What all of this means is that not only are the people of Pennsylvania who are eligible for assistance the ones receiving it – and in the correct amount — but we are avoiding $35 million in federal costs by appropriately allocating the funds… This is no small number, and we are proud of the improvement in accuracy and efficiency this represents in a system that Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable populations truly need.’” [01/20/16]LNP: State saves $35 million by cutting errors in food assistance program.“Pennsylvania has cut errors in the administration of the federal government’s main food assistance program by a record amount, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday in Lancaster… Wolf said cutting the error rate saved taxpayers about $35 million, while ensuring that the Pennsylvanians who receive assistance eligible and that the dollar amounts they receive are correct.” [01/20/16] January 21, 2016 By: Sophie Stone, Deputy Press Secretary BLOG: Governor Wolf Announces Avoided Costs, Waste Prevention as Result of Significant Reduction in SNAP Error Rate (ROUND-UP)center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 24, 2020

EPL clubs briefed on proposed hotel lockdown ahead of return

first_imgPremier League stars are being briefed on detailed proposals for a return to action with a hotel lockdown plan. Mirror Sport understands a number of clubs are now discussing the different ideas on the table with their players who believe they are gearing up to try and get games underway again. They believe the most likely is the hotel plan revealed in Mirror Sport last month where players are put into lockdown in nominated hotels for up to six weeks while the fixture list is finished. The home team will occupy one half of the hotel, the away team will then check in to play their game and that section of the hotel will be deep cleaned after they check out. They have been working towards using their Premier League stadiums but playing games at club training grounds and nominated training centres – like St George’s Park – is also an option. Most teams have got nine Premier League games left, four have ten games and it would mean squeezing them into a short space of time, organising hotel and stadium lockdown. England’s St George’s Park base could be used for matches But players believe the clubs are gearing up towards a return to training next month and Arsenal indicated that could be the case after revealing plans for first team stars to return under strict guidelines from Monday. It is also understood that clubs are expecting a further update from the Premier League this week from the Government who have begun detailed planning under their “Project Restart” programme. They are looking at plans across all sports about how they can return and football is firmly on the agenda even though at this stage it remains a discussion about how rather than when because no-one can be sure of any date amid the coronavirus crisis. Loading… Promoted ContentThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThe Most Stunning Wedding Looks From Around The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTarantino’s Latest Effort Will Probably Be His Best To DateFrom Enemies To Friends: 10 TV Characters Who Became Close17 Rare Churches Underground That Still Exist5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks However, the Premier League’s best case scenario is to restart formal training on May 18, games then resuming from June 8 and the season completed in six weeks. UEFA want domestic seasons completed by mid-August to clear the way for the Champions League final to be played on August 29 after a mini tournament from the semi final and possibly quarter finals onwards. There is a Premier League meeting on Friday which will involve all 20 clubs and the hope is the Government will provide some further advice before then to allow them to step up planning. Premier League teams will be involved in another meeting with PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor next week They believe players will need at least three weeks’ training – as a mini pre-season – before they can return to games so they are still hoping that will be in May but even if it was in June they could still start in July and finish in August under the hotel lockdown plan. Clubs are also telling players that they must be ready to return to training within 48 hours’ notice as it was revealed last week many have gone abroad to be with their families but then may face difficulties in getting back to England. Arsenal are the first Premier League team to allow their players to return to training Read Also: Arsenal to miss CL spot as UEFA opt for points system if season cut short The lockdown plan would see games played almost every day which the authorities recognise would go a long way to keeping football fans happy, it would help with the lockdown and the Government have made it clear they want games free-to-air. That is unlikely to be an easy process as showing most games for free would cause serious issues for Sky and BT Sport as many armchair viewers have postponed or cancelled packages and may therefore be reluctant to return if they suddenly do not have to pay. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: August 11, 2019

Go back to the enewsletter Brand USA – the destin

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterBrand USA – the destination-marketing organisation for the United States – hosted its first ever sales mission to China from 24 February to 4 March 2016.More than 30 representatives of Brand USA’s American travel-industry partners participated in the nine-day itinerary, which included three-day stops in each of the three Chinese cities, Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai.Along the way, members of the Brand USA delegation met with Chinese travel agents, tour operators, meeting and incentive planners, and media at a variety of planned events and functions.“This mission allows us to provide a platform to showcase the United States as the premier travel destination for international travellers,” said Christopher Thompson, Brand USA’s president and CEO. “As outbound travel from China steadily surges, we’re finding that the Chinese are looking for new tourism experiences. In response, we want to show how the US offers limitless options for travel.”Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more