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.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.