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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 26, 2020

Arsenal eye Valencia striker Rodrigo Moreno

first_imgReports from in Daily Mirror claim Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has highlighted the Spanish international as an ideal replacement.The 29-year old was linked with a move to Barcelona last summer, prior to Antoine Griezmann’s arrival at the Camp Nou.However, their interest has now subsided, and Arteta will is hoping to lure him to England with the promise of a new challenge.Read Also: Barcelona agree to play without fans until 2021Moreno has a release clause of around £100M at the Estadio Mestalla, however that could be reduced due to the financial impact of coronavirus.Los Che boss Albert Celades may also be under additional pressure to sell his star asset, if his side fail to secure Champions League qualification for the 2020-21 season.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?What Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day Loading… Arsenal have reportedly signalled their interest in a possible summer transfer for Valencia’s star striker Rodrigo Moreno.Advertisement The Premier League side are rumoured to be assessing their attacking options, amid reports Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette could be leaving.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: August 17, 2019

165 million rand security upgrade for South African Airports

first_imgAirports Company South Africa has spent 165 million rand upgrading security across the country’s international airports in the lead up to the FIFA World Cup. The new security measures, which include electronic baggage scanners, have been put to the test this week as 300,000 World Cup fans begin arriving in South Africa. Tebogo Mekgoe, the assistant general manager at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, said the security upgrade would help South Africa’s airports lose their notorious reputation for baggage theft.”Three years ago, we used to have about 40 cases of theft reported per day.”  He also acknowledged the fact that international travellers are often warned of baggage handlers’ sticky fingers. The US embassy website has described theft at OR Tambo as a “serious problem” and encourages travellers to use locks on their luggage, while Britain’s embassy recommends vacuum-wrapping checked bags in plastic. Despite these recommendations, Mekgoe said the airport authority has been able to reduce luggage theft to “almost nothing.” According to Mekgoe, they have achieved this by hiring all new baggage handlers, creating a “baggage reaction team” and switching to electronic scanners that track bags from check-in to loading on the plane.”This new technology has remarkably reduced cases of pilferage,” Mekgoe told reporters. He said OR Tambo had not received a single baggage theft complaint during the 2009 Confederations Cup, which was seen as a warm-up tournament for the World Cup. However, the problem has not been completely resolved. South African Airways, the country’s largest carrier, reports theft from two out of every 1,000 bags, a problem the airline has blamed on organised crime. But the airport authority insisted its security measures are solid.”The technology we use is world-class and our security staff undergo regular, highly specialised training. As a result, well over 700 prohibited items are detected on a daily basis at our airports countrywide,” spokesman Solomon Makgale said.”The reported breach is therefore a rare occurrence,” he added. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/292ce/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more