Specific Estimate of Any Savings. The programs impacted are under the auspices of the Department of Health and Human Services (i.e., CMS’s Medicaid program and ACF’s TANF program) and the Department of Agriculture (i.e. SNAP program administered by FNS), which are administered by the States (i.e., by SPAAs and their sister agencies). Each SPAA collects information on the costs and benefits related to its state’s use of VA’s information. All savings resulting from PARIS matching program data are in state program dollars, because no costs are paid by SPAAs to either ACF or DMDC to participate. Additionally, GAO, in its 2001 report Public Assistance: PARIS Project Can Help States Reduce Improper Benefit Payments, projected that if States included PARIS data from the TANF, Medicaid, and SNAP programs in their matching activities, the benefit to cost ratio would be approximately 11:1 (GAO 01-935, pp. 14, 15). Recent data received by ACF from states continues to suggest that the PARIS is a cost- effective program. See Attachment D: Cost Benefit Analysis for PARIS Computer Matching Programs, including section “Recent PARIS Success Stores,” for more details.
Specific Estimate of Any Savings. In federal fiscal year 2020, the Office of Family Assistance conducted the cost-benefit analysis based on information provided by state agencies from the NDNH match outcomes pertaining to federal fiscal year 2018. See Appendix A. After verification of previously unknown earnings, state agencies collectively reported 6,607 cases that were either closed or benefits were reduced and collectively avoided approximately $1.1 million in costs. The cost-benefit analysis demonstrates that the matching program is likely to be cost effective and will likely continue to help states reduce benefit payments.