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.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.