Amendment #41 to H.3514

an act to assist DTA in program management,operations and fraud assistance

Representatives Orrall of Lakeville, Jones of North Reading, Peterson of Grafton, Hill of Ipswich, Poirier of North Attleborough, deMacedo of Plymouth and O'Connell of Taunton move that the bill be amended by striking out SECTION 11 and inserting in place thereof the following:–

“SECTION 11. Paragraph (D) of said section 2 of said chapter 18, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after clause (f) the following clauses:—



(g) the termination of benefits to any recipient, who has failed to notify the department of a change of address, and who the department has attempted to contact by certified mail, but whose mail communication has been returned to the department as undeliverable;



(h) the termination of benefits to any recipient who has failed to provide the department with a social security number within 3 months of application for assistance, pursuant to section 16 of chapter 6A; and



(i) the analysis and review of electronic payment processing information control reports such as those provided by the department’s electronic benefit transfer card vendor including, but not limited to: reports on even dollar transactions, out of state card activity, manual card entry, full supplemental nutritional assistance program balance withdrawal, and multiple transactions within one hour. Such reports shall be used to assist the department in program management, operations, performance, and in identifying and investigating likely cases of fraud.”;



and further, by striking out SECTION 65 in its entirety and inserting in place thereof the following section: –

“SECTION 65. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the director of the bureau for program integrity shall review the management and operations of the department of transitional assistance, including any reports conducted by external consultants, and recommend whether the current organizational structure is effective for ensuring that only those persons who are eligible receive public benefits. In examining the organizational structure, the director shall study and report on whether the department would benefit from additional investigators to work with caseworkers to identify cases of waste or abuse. In particular, the director shall make recommendations regarding whether or not more investigators or a third party contractor is required to analyze and review electronic payment processing information control reports provided by the department’s electronic benefit transfer card vendor including, but not limited to: reports on even dollar transactions, out of state card activity, manual card entry, full SNAP balance withdrawal, and multiple transactions within one hour. The director shall also make recommendations on a standardized filing system for case file organization to be implemented throughout all of the department’s offices. The director shall make a report to the general court on the director’s recommendations by filing the same with the clerks of the senate and house of representatives on or before March 1, 2014.”