The Department of Human Services implemented an Income and Eligibility
Verification System (IEVS). However, some aspects of this system do not
comply with federal regulations. We also identified significant control
deficiencies that could impact the department’s ability to validate
eligibility data completely and accurately.
- The department lacked effective controls to validate social security numbers.
- The department did not use IEVS to validate eligibility data for many federal program recipients.
- The department has not clearly defined how IEVS discrepancy data impacts the eligibility of Medical Assistance recipients.
|The audit report contained seven findings relating to income and eligibility
data validation weaknesses.
Selected Audit Areas:
As of December 2004
- Income and Eligibility Verification System Controls
- Social Security Enumeration Controls
This information technology audit assessed the adequacy of income and eligibility
data validation controls. Federal regulations require all states to maintain
an Income and Eligibility Verification System. IEVS is a series of computerized
file matches used to validate the accuracy and completeness of data provided
by applicants and recipients of public assistance. The department used IEVS
to validate data for the Medical Assistance, Temporary Assistance for Needy
Families, and Food Stamps programs.