Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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October 20, 2016

South Dakota SNAP Program Earns Top Ranking and Federal Bonus

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota has received a first place ranking and performance bonus from the United States Department of Agriculture for the administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

In September, the South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) received official word the state will receive the Case and Procedural Error Rate (CAPER) performance bonus in the amount of $180,655. South Dakota is one of only four states to receive a CAPER bonus.

The CAPER measures the accuracy of a state’s action to deny, suspend or terminate SNAP benefits, and also measures compliance with federal procedural requirements.

The national average CAPER for FY15 was 23.27 percent. South Dakota’s CAPER for FY15 was 1.91 percent, earning the state the top ranking.

Over the last 32 years, the SNAP program has earned annual federal bonuses. The receipt of these bonuses highlights the tremendous efforts of DSS staff to ensure the integrity of the SNAP program.

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.

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