OFA Webinar: Strategies for Reducing EBT Card Skimming for TANF and SNAP Programs - Project Improve
Millions of food and cash assistance customers rely on cash transfers each month to meet their family’s needs. Much of today’s benefits available to families are deposited directly onto electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards that are assigned to customers. EBT card skimming is a growing challenge to TANF and SNAP participants, putting them at risk of losing crucial benefits. Challenges related to protecting beneficiaries from theft have taken on significance for human services programs as they seek to improve the level of customer protections similar to those afforded credit card protections.
The Office of Family Assistance Project IMPROVE team hosted a webinar on November 2, 2022 which brought together a panel representing TANF and SNAP programs as well as experts on EBT card skimming prevention. Panelists discussed ways agencies can educate participants on how to protect their benefits from theft, and responded to questions around challenges, best practices, and lessons learned. Panelists included: Michael Cole, Deputy Commissioner for Policy & Programs, Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance; Jennifer Reynolds, Program Manager, Utah Department of Workforce Services; Kristi Manseau, Program Specialist, Utah Department of Workforce Services; and Ernest Baca, Deputy Systems Administrator, Arizona Department of Economic Security.