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Report: Process of Approving Food Stamps Costs US $1B a Year

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By    |   Wednesday, 25 May 2016 04:40 PM

A recent change in reporting requirements has pushed the cost of approving food stamps to $1 billion annually, according to an analysis by the American Action Forum.

The White House earlier this month approved an adjustment to its Supplemental Nutrition Adjustment Program (SNAP) that led to 100 million hours of paperwork and a "hidden acknowledgement" of the $1 billion in cost, writes Sam Batkins, director of regulatory policy at the AAF.

"For some reason this figure isn’t publicly reported on the administration’s website," Batkins notes. "Instead, it lists the current cost burden as $0."

But, he adds, "Buried on pages 14 and 15 of a supporting document is the acknowledgement that the regulatory cost from food stamps could easily exceed $1 billion and 118 million hours."

That means it would take 59,110 employees working full-time to meet the paperwork requirements, he adds. The SNAP program also is now more than half of the Agriculture Department's paperwork burden.

A total of 14.6 million Americans will have to provide 658 million responses to the Agriculture department every year while costing households, states and local governments $958 million. The portion of burden specific to the federal government is $356 million.

While other federal agencies have seen growth as well, none have seen the paperwork burden imposed by the food stamp program, which has shot up 168 percent since President Barack Obama took office in 2008. In fact, many agencies have actually cut the amount of paperwork despite growth in their departments.

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