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South Dakota SNAP Program Earns Top Ranking
South Dakota Ag Connection - 10/11/2018

South Dakota is among four states leading the nation in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program administration, according to a recently released USDA report. The Department of Social Services will receive over $1.2 million in bonuses for the recognition which is based on the state's exceptionally low error rates.

On Sept. 28, 2018, the U.S Department of Agriculture released the official Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Quality Control case and procedural error rates for federal fiscal years 2016 and 2017. South Dakota will receive $226,917 for FY16 and $978,090 for FY17. South Dakota's error rate for FY16 was 2.5 percent, compared to the national rate of 23.27 percent. The state's error rate for FY17 was 2.32 percent, compared to the national rate of 28.55 percent.

"We are very proud of the exceptional job DSS staff do to administer the program and help eligible low-income South Dakotans meet their food needs," said Department of Social Services Secretary Lynne Valenti.

The report measures the correctness of a state agency's action to deny an application, suspend or terminate benefits. It also measures compliance with procedural requirements such as timeliness of the action and customer notification regarding the action.

"This is the 34th consecutive year South Dakota has received federal award bonuses," said Valenti. "The award affirms South Dakota's commitment to ensure program integrity."

According to federal rules, the state's performance bonus must be reinvested in SNAP related activities such as technology, improvements in administration and distribution, fraud prevention or other eligible activities.

The SNAP program helps low-income South Dakota families buy the food they need to stay healthy while they regain financial independence. For more information about the SNAP program, please visit

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