Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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November 23, 2016

South Dakota SNAP Earns Second Federal Performance Bonus

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) will receive its second bonus for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2015 for administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) from the United States Department of Agriculture.

South Dakota will receive a SNAP performance bonus for payment accuracy in the amount of $410,982. In FFY15, South Dakota had a 99.25 percent payment accuracy rate of providing SNAP benefits to low-income South Dakota families. DSS works diligently to ensure families receive the correct amount of benefits based on their circumstances and program eligibility standards.   

“This performance bonus highlights the integrity of the SNAP program, and our staff’s ability to accurately provide our customers with the services and supports they need,” said state Department of Social Services Secretary Lynne Valenti.   

The performance bonus funds are to be used only for costs associated with SNAP program activities. Those activities include technology upgrades and maintenance, improvements in administration and distribution and actions to prevent fraud, waste and abuse.

In October 2016, DSS received $180,655 for the Case and Procedural Error Rate (CAPER) review, and was one of only four states to receive bonus funds.

The SNAP program helps low-income South Dakota families buy the food they need to stay healthy while they regain financial independence. For more information about the SNAP program, please visit