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SP28-2008: Additional Administrative Reviews and State Retention of Improperly-Paid Funds in SY 2008-09

Last Published: 12/05/2013

The recently-published Access, Participation, Eligibility and Certification (APEC) Study has made available to local, State, and Federal administrators, troubling information on erroneous payments in the school meal programs. Specifically, the APEC data indicates that erroneous payments (including both under- and over-payments) totaled $935 million in certification errors, and $860 million in non-certification errors nationwide in SY 2005-06, alone. These findings underscore the need for FNS and State agencies to utilize available program oversight authority as effectively as possible toward the goal of reducing these errors.