This study is evaluating the accuracy of the school meals benefit determination process nationwide by updating and expanding on work Mathematica completed in 2004.
Managing nutrition assistance programs in a way that ensures public confidence and maximizes the impact of the federal investment is a key priority for the government. Strong management ensures that those most in need of nutrition assistance receive it, and that scarce resources are used efficiently and not wasted through error or abuse. Our work helps improve stewardship of federal money by reducing fraud, ensuring accurate eligibility determinations, and minimizing improper and erroneous payments.
Ensuring the Integrity of the School Meals Application Process
Evaluating Program Integrity and Fiscal Responsibility in WIC: Food Package Costs and Cost Containment
This study is providing a national picture of WIC cost containment practices employed by the 90 WIC state agencies.
Reducing the Risk of Online Sales of WIC Infant Formula: An Assessment of State Agency Practices
This study is examining the potential sale of WIC infant formula through online e-commerce websites. Mathematica is working to monitor e-commerce websites and provide insight into online sales of infant formula.
Estimating Improper Payments for School Meal Programs: Access, Participation, Eligibility, and Certification II (APEC)
Using data from school year 2012-2013, APEC-II produced updated estimates of improper payments, including for districts and schools participating in the Community Eligibility Provision.