“A penny saved is a penny earned” is an adage that government accounting officials take to heart when working with the public’s money.
For nearly two decades, innovative technology allows federal and state government personnel to compare records, root out ineligible people on public assistance, redirect eligible clients to appropriate services, and reduce duplicate payments.
The Public Assistance Reporting Information System, also known as PARIS, is a federal-state partnership that provides all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico detailed information and data to assist local government in maintaining program integrity and detecting and deterring improper payments.
Saving Taxpayer Money
Many states have shared their success stories on the PARIS website. Hundreds of millions have been saved, with some amazing numbers posted in recent entries:
Steering People to Better Resources
Along with taxpayers, U.S. Veterans benefit from PARIS each day as more ex-military are being steered toward better, appropriate resources. Veterans who weren’t aware of their eligibility to benefits relied on Medicaid. These veterans are now being identified and are being switched over to monetary and medical benefits provided through the Veterans Affairs. Read about the success in Washington state.
Since 1993, ACF has been working with state public assistance agencies and with other federal agencies to develop information-sharing projects that have proven useful in verifying the income of individuals receiving public assistance. ACF has sought to identify information-sharing opportunities, and to lead and coordinate the activities required to take advantage of these opportunities.
Congress recognized ACF’s successful efforts in this regard by enacting a law to require that states have eligibility determination systems that provide for data matching through PARIS or a successor system. The provision took effect on Oct. 1, 2009.
For more information about PARIS, visit its history page.
PARIS is operated by the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. www.acf.hhs.gov/paris