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NH Department of Health and Human Services Awarded $891,494 in High Performance Bonuses
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October 10, 2014

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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