Oklahoma’s food stamp overpayments totaled over $29 million in Fiscal Year 2011

In fiscal 2011, Oklahoma compiled $29,413,913 in food stamp overpayments, according to the annual Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Quality Control Report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service.

On the flip side, the same year brought an estimated $7,899,856 in SNAP underpayments in the Sooner State.

Oklahoma’s overpayment error rate was 3.97 percent, while the underpayment error rate was just under 1 percent (0.97). Put another way, Oklahoma’s food stamps payments were correct 95.06 percent of the time. The 4.94 percent error rate in payments was much higher than the national error rate.

SNAP spending in Oklahoma in FY 2011 reached $947,338,484.

That year, National SNAP sending was $71,813,402,544, with a payment error rate of 3.42 percent (2.77 percent in overpayments; .65 percent in underpayments).

Final spending data is not yet available for Fiscal Year 2012. Food stamp program participation has continued to increase dramatically over the past few years. And, total spending has continued to increase.

The number of Oklahomans receiving food stamps went from 419,038 in FY 2008 to 614,947 in FY 2012, according to the SNAP report.

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