ERIC Number: ED484315
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Preliminary Report on the Feasibility of Computer Matching in the National School Lunch Program. Nutrition Assistance Program Report Series. Report No. CN-05-PDM.
Cole, Nancy; Logan, Christopher
US Department of Agriculture
The USDA provides reimbursement for meals served under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) to millions of children each school day. Children in families with income at or below 130 percent of the Federal poverty level are eligible for free meals, and children in families with income between 130 and 185 percent of the Federal poverty level are eligible for reduced-price meals. The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 (PL 108-265) directed the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a study of the feasibility of using computer technology (including data mining) to reduce overcertification, waste, fraud and abuse in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Prior to enactment of this legislation, USDA?s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) contracted with Abt Associates, Inc. to study the feasibility of expanding computer matching for certification of school meal benefits. This study draws on experts in data matching and privacy issues, and will survey State Child Nutrition Directors, State Education officials, and State Medicaid officials to learn about current computer matching capabilities and issues involved in expanding matching. To meet the requirements of the Act, FNS asked Abt Associates to prepare a preliminary report on the feasibility of computer matching in the NSLP. This report summarizes the results of an expert panel on computer matching, and exploratory interviews with three states. This document discusses the certification of the NSLP and the feasibility of computer matching for the NSLP. (Contains 8 exhibits.)
Descriptors: Computers, Eligibility, Databases, Poverty, Lunch Programs, Information Utilization, Family Income, Wages, Federal Programs
Office of Analysis, Nutrition, and Evaluation, USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, VA 22302-1500. Web site: http://www.fns.usda.gov/oane.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Food and Nutrition Service (USDA), Washington, DC. Abt Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.