Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

Welfare Fraud Detection Programs

New York State's public assistance programs (also known as welfare) are administered by 58 local social services districts and are overseen by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. In accordance with federal regulations, the Office developed a number of programs for ensuring that welfare benefits are provided to eligible applicants only. We examined the effectiveness of these programs in five districts (New York City and Monroe, Oneida, Schenectady and Suffolk Counties) and found that improvements are needed. For example, applications for public assistance are not always reviewed as thoroughly as required, and finger images are not always obtained from applicants for public assistance, as is required. We also determined that a number of case records were either incomplete or missing, and reported savings from fraud prevention efforts may have been overstated.

For a complete copy of Report 96-S-50 click here.
For a copy of the associated follow-up report click here.
For a copy of the 90-day response click here.