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Newsroom SRS receives award for high performance in food stamp program

Topeka – On June 27 the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the award of two high performance bonuses for the Food Assistance Program in 2007 to the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS). The Program helps low-income households supplement their food purchases, providing a critical safety net for hungry families. 

Kansas is being recognized as one of three states with the most improved payment accuracy for federal fiscal year 2007, and one of five states with the most improved negative error rate.  Kansas’ error rate was 3.7% in 2007 for payment accuracy and 1.59% for the negative error rate, compared to a national average of 5.64% and 10.94% respectively.  Low error rates indicate the state is determining benefits correctly and providing good customer service. 

“These awards are an acknowledgement of the hard work and commitment of SRS staff to serving the citizens of Kansas,” said SRS Secretary Don Jordan.  “Ensuring Kansas families have access to this very important program while providing excellent customer service continues to be a top priority for SRS.”

The bonus awards total $1,516,250 and will be used to continue improvements in the food assistance program. 

“No Kansans should ever have to go to bed hungry,” said Governor Kathleen Sebelius. “By efficiently administering this program, SRS has improved results without increasing expenses. We’ve accomplished more with less and we will continue to help feed Kansas families.” 

A formal check presentation from USDA is planned for early fall 2008.