The USDA will soon publish a proposed rule strengthening sanctions and penalties for retailers who commit SNAP fraud, and our new Fighting SNAP Fraud website (www.fns.usda.gov/fightingsnapfraud) helps raise awareness of the issues and provides a direct portal to report suspicious activities.
Our ultimate goal is to eliminate fraud, and we will continue to crack down on individuals who violate the program and misuse taxpayer dollars. Americans deserve nothing less.
Kevin Concannon is undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services at the Department of Agriculture.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.