|Posted:||December 27, 2018 12:39 PM|
|From:||Representative Ryan Warner|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Electronic Benefits Transfer Card Management Program (Prior HB1577)|
|Pennsylvania taxpayers deserve nothing but absolute certainty that their tax dollars are being used wisely by state agencies and the Commonwealth is being a watch dog over those dollars.
There has been an ongoing problem now with the management of EBT cards that has gone unaddressed. Two reports by two different Auditor Generals have pointed out the issue and yet since 2012, the process the department uses has not been revised. Without updating the system, the department could be potentially missing the opportunity to detect fraudulent use costing millions of taxpayer dollars.
According to the last Auditor's report, Auditors analyzed out-of-state activity in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and found activity each year exceeded $70 million, which is about 2 percent of the approximately $3.4 billion distributed through EBT cards each year. Over the three year period, Pennsylvania EBT cards:
Please join me in cosponsoring this legislation.
Introduced as HB2181