The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Georgia spent around $138 million in overpayments to food stamp recipients in 2013. Since the program is federally funded, outside intervention is possible because of the overpayments.
The paper reports the error rate in 2012 was 3.8 percent, in 2013 it was 4.99 percent, and one month of data for 2014 shows the error rate is 5.5 percent.
Several factors may be contributing to the overpayments. A Georgia Division of Family and Children Services spokeswoman says the agency doesn't have the staff to deal with the applications for assistance, which have been on the rise since the economic downturn. The newspaper reports that some people have even received underpayments because of those overpayments.