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
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
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.