The Mississippi Department of Human Services is under an “ongoing investigation” over its management of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), according to a demand letter uncovered by the Mississippi Independent.
The state could have to pay back more than $5.7 million in bonuses it received because of improvements in the error rate for the SNAP program from 2011 until 2015.
The letter was dated February 15 and DHS spokesman Paul Nelson says the agency is under an ongoing investigation, which stemmed from multiple contracts between the DHS and Julie Osnes Consulting, which netted her firm more than $463,000.
Nelson says the DHS has terminated the contract with Osnes, which was supposed to run through 2020, has been terminated.
The firm was contracted by the Mississippi Department of Human Services since 2011 to assist with improving error rates with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program administered by the agency.