Corporate Compliance

Improper TANF payments found in Michigan

Compliance Monitor, December 5, 2007

The OIG wanted to determine whether or not the Michigan Department of Human Services made improper Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) basic assistance payments. The TANF program is a block grant program that gives eligible families opportunities to work and other assistance such as food, clothing, shelter, and utilities.

The OIG found:

  • the state agency made some TANF basic assistance payments that did not adequately document all eligibility and payment determinations
  • 51 of the 150 payments were improper
  • for 38 of the payments, the recipient families were ineligible for TANF basic assistance
  • the state agency paid $36,274,769 for 161, 753 improper payments

The OIG recommended the state agency:

  • use the results of the review to help ensure compliance with federal and state TANF requirements by reemphasizing to recipients the need to provide accurate and timely information
  • use the results to ensure compliance by requiring its district office employees to verify eligibility information and maintain appropriate documentation in all case files
  • determine the eligibility of all recipients listed in the review as improperly enrolled and ensure that further assistance is denied for those who remain ineligible
  • recalculate assistance budgets for all recipients identified in the review as having received improperly calculated payments

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