NH DHHS - Awarded $891,494 in High Performance Bonuses

Concord, NH – Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas today announced that the New

Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has received two

federal high performance bonuses from the US Department of Agriculture

(USDA) for its quality administration of the Food Stamp Program in Federal

Fiscal Year 2013.

Awarded on September 25, 2014, the first bonus of $314,141 was given in

recognition of accurate determination of eligibility for food stamps. More

specifically, DHHS excelled at ensuring food stamp recipients and

applicants were not closed or denied benefits for inappropriate reasons. A

second bonus of $577,353 was awarded on October 1, 2014, in recognition of

DHHS’ work to ensure that families at risk of hunger are connected to food

benefits through food stamps. Currently 52,222 households in the State

receive food stamps.

"The Food Stamp program provides critical assistance to some of our most

vulnerable citizens, and I applaud the New Hampshire Department of Health

and Human Services for their efficient administration of this important

program," Governor Maggie Hassan said. "New Hampshire runs a program that

is nationally recognized as outstanding for accountability and accuracy,

while also ensuring that our children and families receive assistance to

access healthy food if they need it."

“It's gratifying to be recognized for quality administration of this

important program,” said Commissioner Toumpas. “I am pleased to say that

receiving such bonuses is not unusual for us. This is the 12th food stamp

high performance bonus award in the past 11 years.” According to

Commissioner Toumpas, the awards reflect the excellent teamwork of DHHS

staff on behalf of the citizens of New Hampshire. “Our eligibility workers

perform accurate eligibility and our Food Stamp Program staff ensures

proper adherence to policies so we can be successful in helping those in

need in our State.”

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