Iowa agrees to pay half of $1.8M SNAP error rate fine

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DES MOINES — Iowa struck a deal with the federal government to only pay half of a $1.8 million fine for mismanagement of their SNAP program.

Local 5 obtained a letter Tuesday outlining the settlement between the Iowa Department of Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services.

In a settlement signed Monday, Iowa DHS agreed to pay $896,856 to USDA.

Instead of paying the remainder of the fine, DHS agreed to use that money to improve how they administer SNAP benefits in the state.

Local 5’s Chief Investigative Reporter Rachel Droze first broke news of the fine in August.

The USDA fined Iowa for over and underpaying SNAP benefits during Fiscal Year 2018.

“The Department looks forward to working with our federal partners to improve program operations and will be submitting a plan as outlined in the agreement,” DHS said in a statement to Local 5 Tuesday.

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