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Overpaid But Underfed

The Revised Regulations Regarding Overpayment Collection in the Federal Food Stamp Program

By Jonathan Givner & Gary F. Smith

In the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, Congress made a number of changes in the federal Food Stamp Program. The first of the final regulations of the Department of Agriculture implementing the statutory changes concerns the establishment and collection of Food Stamp overpayments. Legal challenges are available to several of the more significant changes that are unfavorable to food stamp recipients.

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