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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 19, 2020

Cricket News ICC Test Player Rankings: Virat Kohli, Kagiso Rabada end 2018 on top spots

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi : It turned out to be a glorious 2018 for India captain Virat Kohli and South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada as both maintained their respective pole positions in the year-end ICC Test Player Rankings. Kohli dropped three points despite a first innings score of 82 in the third Test against Australia in Melbourne, but still enjoys a 34-point lead over nearest rival Kane Williamson of New Zealand. Kohli, who attained a career-high 937 points during the year, which is the highest ever by an India batsman, scored 1322 runs in all. He overtook Steven Smith in August and has now held the top position for 135 days.Rabada, who split the top ranking with England’s seasoned fast bowler James Anderson during the year, is just six points ahead of his adversary. Rabada, who became the youngest to take top position among bowlers during the year and held the spot for 178 days during the year, grabbed six wickets in the opening match at Centurion that South Africa won by six wickets to finish with 52 wickets in 10 Tests in 2018.Kohli’s compatriot Cheteshwar Pujara has also maintained his fourth position after a first-innings century in Melbourne, wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant has gained 10 slots to reach a career-best 38th position.Debutant opener Mayank Agarwal has also entered the batsmen’s list at an impressive 67th place after scores of 76 and 42 helped his side win by 137 runs for a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.Jasprit Bumrah has moved from 28th to 12th after his match haul of nine for 86, the best-ever by an India seam bowler in Australia. He is now the highest-ranked India fast bowler in the format with Mohammed Shami is next in 23rd position.For Australia, Pat Cummins has been the pick, gaining five slots to reach a career-best third position after finishing with nine wickets in the match. He has also gained 13 slots to reach 91st place among batsmen with some useful runs down the order.Travis Head (up seven places to 56th) has also benefitted in the latest rankings update. New Zealand fast bowlers have a lot to cheer about following their record 423-run win over Sri Lanka in Christchurch.Trent Boult’s nine wickets in the match have helped him gain seven slots to reach the seventh position while Tim Southee (up two places to ninth) and Neil Wagner (up one place to 15th) have also moved up.Century-makers at Christchurch, Henry Nicholls (up two places to seventh) and Tom Latham (up eight places to 14th), and Jeet Raval (up two places to 35th) have also gained in the latest rankings update. Nicholls scored an unbeaten 162 to move up to the seventh place.For South Africa, former captain Hashim Amla (up three places to 11th place) and Temba Bavuma (up four places to 31st) have gained among batsmen while fast bowler Duanne Olivier has gained 17 places to reach 36th position after his player of the match effort of 11 wickets.Pakistan’s Babar Azam has gained nine slots to reach 27th position after innings of 71 and six while left-arm fast bowlers Mohammad Amir (up two places to 34th) and Shaheen Afridi (up 38 places to 73rd) have advanced after taking four and five wickets in Centurion.Meanwhile, New Zealand have leapfrogged South Africa to take third place in the ICC Test Team Rankings after starting the series against Sri Lanka with a chance of going up to the second position with a 2-0 win. last_img read more