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S.C. DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES: A Limited Review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Child and Adult Care Food Program
August 2021


Members of the S.C. General Assembly requested that we conduct an audit of the S.C. Department of Social Services’ (DSS) Division of Economic Services.


  • Determine if DSS is effectively using program data to identify potential misuse of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
  • Review the staffing, retention, initial training, performance improvement strategies, and salaries of economic services workers, and DSS’ organizational structure for economic services to determine the effect on the agency’s ability to administer food assistance services.
  • Review the consistency, timeliness, and effectiveness of DSS’ investigation and appeal processes regarding alleged misuse of benefits and adverse decisions on eligibility and claims in the administration of food assistance programs.
  • Determine the efficiency and effectiveness of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) monitoring and reimbursement processes and DSS’ compliance with laws and agency policies.