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Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Inspector General -- AUDIT

"Review of Emergency Assistance Eligibility Determinations," (A-01-95-02507)

November 1, 1995

Complete Text of Report is available in PDF format (709 kb). Copies can also be obtained by contacting the Office of Public Affairs at 202-619-1343.


This final report points out that four of the six States included in our review were not verifying all eligibility information for individuals applying for emergency assistance (EA). Three States did not require either gathering and/or verifying eligibility information. In the fourth State policies and procedures for verification were acceptable, but were not followed for 56 percent of the cases tested. Further, some EA case folders were missing at two States in our review. As a result, there was no assurance that (1) all recipients were eligible for EA, and (2) EA claims and resulting expenditures were appropriate. We recommended that the Administration for Children and Families notify the States involved to ensure eligibility determinations are made in accordance with Federal regulations.