Welfare Anti-Fraud Measures Earn Gold Medal

The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare received an award for its recent efforts to curb waste and fraud.  The Council of State Governments gave DPW a 2012 Innovations Award for its Enterprise Program Integrity Initiative. 

The program includes: identifying abuses in the use of EBT cards, improved auditing of welfare providers and cross-checking benefits across state and federal programs.

As a result of this effort, taxpayers have already saved millions in reduced welfare fraud and abuse:

While reductions in welfare spending are often attacked as “heartless,” Pennsylvania’s officials earned a well-deserved spot on the medal stand for their efforts to reduce abuse of the system in order to preserve the safety net for the truly needy.