Public Assistance Reporting Information System (PARIS)

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Project Overview

PARIS is a data service for states to match the records of recipients of public assistance to check if they receive duplicate benefits in two or more states. PARIS matches help identify improper payments and minimize fraud and abuse. Participating PARIS programs include: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid, Worker’s Compensation, Child Care, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The PARIS website contains federal and state contacts, system and state information, memoranda of understanding, and examples of states’ use of PARIS data.

The Division of Data and Improvement (DDI) in ACF’s Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation oversees PARIS. The Department of Defense’s Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) provides computer resources to support PARIS development and operation, producing a quarterly match file for the states.