District Of Columbia Saves Millions with PARIS Hits

The District of Columbia has saved $4.7 million utilizing the Public Assistance Reporting Information System (PARIS) since its inception in DC. This has been accomplished by matching District of Columbia Federal benefit data with other states twice a year. Each February and August we scrutinize the match for actual hits by requesting corroborating documentation from other states. Our neighboring states, Maryland and Virginia, supply 75% of the necessary documentation required to process these matches. The Interstate Match supplies customer information concerning the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and Food Stamps programs, while the Veteran's and Federal Employee matches supply information concerning income received by our customers. Our savings delineated below are based on twelve month projections.

Interstate Match

After examining all possible hits from August 2000 through May 2003, we identified 2,060 TANF and Food Stamp households that possibly were receiving benefits in another state while also receiving benefits in the District of Columbia. These matches resulted in 1,375 case closures and 53 grant reductions. The resolution of these cases resulted in the identification of $1,093,824 in TANF and $1,023,110 in Food Stamp savings, plus $272,506 in TANF and $271,696 in Food Stamp overpayments.

Veteran's Match

The Veteran's Benefit match is equally successful with 885 matches during the period August 2000 through May 2003. Sixty-five percent (65%) of the cases were recommended for corrective action including 97 closings and 378 grant changes. The resolution of these cases resulted in the identification of $32,640 in TANF and $1,477,764 in Food Stamp savings, plus $30,967 in TANF and $251, 347 in Food Stamp overpayments.

Federal Employee Match

The Federal match results from August 2002 through May 2003 yielded 264 individuals on the Federal payroll while receiving benefits in the District of Columbia. Corrective action included 92 closings and 154 grant reductions. The resolution of these cases resulted in the identification of $121,812 in TANF and $130,884 in Food Stamp savings, plus $10,883 in TANF and $57,360 in Food Stamp overpayments.

Summary

The use of the PARIS match is instrumental in saving the District of Columbia millions of dollars in future benefits and in recovering overpayments. This proven tool in combating fraud is a prudent and cost effective method for States to maximize the use of Federal and local dollars in improving the lives of their residents while saving taxpayer dollars.