Head of state welfare agency details reforms aimed at preventing fraud
Stacey Monahan, director of the state’s Department of Transitional Assistance, went before a legislative committee today and offered updates from a broad 100-day plan to reform the embattled agency.
The agency has enduring months of heavy criticism over extensive reports of welfare fraud. Monahan, who was named director last week after serving as interim director since the February resignation of Daniel Curley, detailed new initiatives such as tougher requirements for those who request a fourth replacement of their EBT card.
The department is matching recipient lists with information from the Registry of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Revenue, and various other agencies to ensure recipients do not continue to receive benefits after they die.
The department is also checking recipient lists every week instead of every month, she said.
“It is vital to the credibility of the department that the public and the Legislature know that we are doing all we can to enforce the laws on the books,” she said at the state House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight hearing.
Many committee members commended Monahan for aggressively tackling her mandate for reform.
State Representative Thomas A. Golden Jr. thanked Monahan and her staff for “starting the process of bringing integrity back to the system.”
On Monday, state Senate leaders unveiled a broad overhaul plan that includes a requirement that welfare applicants prove they have sought employment before receiving cash benefits.Javier Panzar can be reached at email@example.com Follow him on Twitter @jpanzar.