Category Archive: Social Services


Social Security Fraudster Captured in Honduras

Social Security Fraudster Captured in Honduras

December 13, 2017

Several months ago, we wrote a post about the self-proclaimed “Mr. Social Security”, Kentucky attorney Eric Conn, who fled prosecutors in the face of a 12-year prison sentence. Conn had concocted a scheme where he bribed a judge and a psychologist to defraud the Social Security Administration out of $550 million. The colorful Mr. Conn […]

Read more

A Reminder of Government’s Important Role in Helping Americans

October 30, 2017

Regular readers of this blog know that we often focus our comments on the fraud and abuses in government subsidy programs. Our intent is almost always to point out solutions that can make these programs more effective, rather than to question the existence of the programs altogether. In fact, most Pondera employees worked for government […]

Read more
Two Interesting Cases of SNAP Fraud

Two Interesting Cases of SNAP Fraud

August 17, 2017

It has been an interesting few weeks for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp program, with two high profile busts. Both cases illustrate common schemes used to defraud the SNAP program, which distributed over $70 billion in food-purchasing assistance last year to 44 million Americans. In Georgia, two convenience […]

Read more
New Data on Problematic Government Programs

New Data on Problematic Government Programs

May 3, 2017

One of my favorite websites, paymentaccuracy.gov, has received a number of updates which may provide some insight into the current administration’s priorities. If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to visit the site as it provides improper payment information on the government’s high-priority programs: those that report over $750 million of improper payments […]

Read more
Congress Turns its Attention to SNAP Trafficking Fraud

Congress Turns its Attention to SNAP Trafficking Fraud

March 13, 2017

A few months ago, I wrote an article offering our support to the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) as it rolls out a new program offering online access to groceries for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. My main concern with the new initiative was that FNS cannot provide an accurate SNAP fraud rate […]

Read more
Online access to groceries for SNAP recipients

Online access to groceries for SNAP recipients

January 18, 2017

The USDA recently announced a pilot program, starting this August, to offer online access to groceries for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients in seven states. Groceries will be delivered to the recipients’ homes by seven participating retailers including familiar names such as Amazon, Safeway, and Shoprite. For many SNAP participants, this is both a […]

Read more
Funding Donald Trump’s Child Care Program

Funding Donald Trump’s Child Care Program

September 26, 2016

Donald Trump recently announced plans for a new child care and paid family leave plan. While I will not be offering any opinions on the plan or on Donald Trump as a candidate, I was interested to see that the announcement sparked discussion of government fraud, waste, and abuse. In this case, the discussion surrounds […]

Read more
SNAP Fraud Testimony

SNAP Fraud Testimony

September 20, 2016

On June 9th of this year, Mike Carroll, the Secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families provided powerful testimony to the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations. Secretary Carroll outlined some of the many successes Florida has achieved in fighting SNAP fraud. He also clearly articulated a point that we […]

Read more
Provider Screening and Program Integrity in Medicaid Managed Care

Provider Screening and Program Integrity in Medicaid Managed Care

June 13, 2016

Medicaid expenditures have nearly doubled over the last decade [1] and states have increasingly looked to a capitated reimbursement model utilizing managed care organizations (MCO) to ensure continued access to quality health care services. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) estimate that roughly 80% of all Medicaid recipients currently receive healthcare services via […]

Read more

Welcome to the new Pondera Blog

February 20, 2016

We’re all in this together. You may work in Medicaid, Unemployment Insurance, Integrated Eligibility, SNAP, WIC, TANF, or any of the other important government programs that so many Americans depend on. Regardless of the program though, we all share the common goal of fighting fraud, waste, and abuse to make sure that our programs help […]

Read more