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Food and Nutrition Assistance Research Database

Project: Identify and Evaluate Methods To Prevent Fraud and Abuse Among Staff and Participants in WIC
Award Year: 1999
Amount of award, fiscal 1999: $225,550.00
Institution: ATMS/Abt Associates, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Dev Chaudhari
Status: Completed
Detailed Objective: This study identifies and evaluates existing tools used by State or local agencies to detect fraud and abuse among staff or participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Identification and evaluation of these tools are necessary to determine the best practices to prevent fraud. Emphasis will be placed on the manner in which existing survey data of WIC agencies, collected through General Accounting Office and Food and Nutrition Service surveys, can be used to achieve the objectives of the study.

Some tools presently in use to indicate possible fraud among staff and participants include a high number of multiple births enrolled; an abnormal ratio of infants to children enrolled in a clinic; an unusual decrease in participant no-show rates; or a rapid increase in voucher redemption rates. Possible new tools will be identified, evaluated, and proposed. Determination of existing or new tools as best practices is dependent on factors including, but not limited to, the geographic location of WIC offices, number of participants in the WIC program, and resources available to implement fraud-prevention methods. Possible new tools will be proposed with the recognition that existing or new tools deemed as best practices will vary among WIC agencies. Once identified, best practices to prevent staff and participant fraud would be made available to all State and local agencies to help manage their WIC programs. A fixed-price contract was awarded to Applied Techno-Management Systems, Inc., for $225,550 in fiscal 1999. The project is expected to be completed by March, 2001.

Topic: Program Integrity, Program Operations, WIC
Output:
Chaudhari, D., V. Shaffer, and C. Logan. Methods to Prevent Fraud and Abuse Among Staff and Participants in the WIC Program: Volume I, Final Report, E-FAN-01-011, USDA, ERS, December 2001.
Chaudhari, D., V. Shaffer, and C. Logan. Methods to Prevent Fraud and Abuse Among Staff and Participants in the WIC Program: Volume II, Site Visits, E-FAN-01-012, USDA, ERS, December 2001.

Last updated: Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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