Today the Division of Public Assistance was recognized for its outstanding achievements in attaining the highest accuracy rate in the nation in determining food stamp benefit payments for Alaskans.
Today, the Division of Public Assistance is being recognized for its outstanding achievements in attaining the highest accuracy rate in the active food stamp payment category and finishing second in the negative payment accuracy category.
This is a monumental day for the Division of Public Assistance. This morning I was officially informed that, as anticipated, DPA had the best Food Stamp Program (aka SNAP) payment accuracy in the nation during federal fiscal year 2011. Alaska’s active payment error rate reported by FNS was 0.76%; in other words the sampled cases were 99.24% accurate.
For several years the Division has been advocating heavily to replace the Eligibility Information System (EIS) used to determine eligibility for thousands of people and to issue over $25 million in cash and food benefits alone each month. EIS has been a powerful tool and the backbone of our core business. Almost 30 years old, EIS’ cannot keep up with the demands created by growing workloads, changing policies and more and new federal mandates that require states to stand up systems capable of supporting real-time interfaces, online applications, client portals, and other modern functionality.
The CCPO is excited to announce issuance of Grant Awards for the Fiscal Year 2013 – 2015 grant cycle to successful applicants for the administration of the Child Care Assistance Program.
Nation’s Largest Single-Day Food Drive Set for May 12
On May 12, 2012 local communities across America will be asked to join the U.S. Postal Service and its letter carriers to combat one of this nation’s growing problems — hunger.
The following compass piece in the Anchorage Daily News was submitted by Commissioner Bill Streur. Please click the link to go to the Daily News website and see the article:
The Governor’s Denali Peak Performance Award annually recognizes and rewards individuals and teams for excellence in service to the citizens of Alaska and to the State of Alaska Executive Branch. The awards are intended as acknowledgment of service that goes well beyond the norm and demonstrates a unique or significant contribution to the agency’s mission, goals, and objectives.
Alaska among 23 states eligible for bonus
ANCHORAGE— The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $5,660,544 to Alaska as a “performance bonus” for streamlining and improving Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization (CHIPRA) processes.
Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to gather with friends and loved ones to give thanks for life’s blessings. The holiday lends itself to reflection on the things for which one is most grateful. Sometimes just thinking about the subject of gratitude can prompt us to feel more of it. When we are aware of the idea of appreciation, we also become more conscious and aware of our blessings.