The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) doesn’t want to talk about the food stamp situation in South Carolina … and we can’t say we blame them.
After all, if the agency’s objective is to dole out food stamp reward money to state bureaucracies whether they earned it or not … “mission accomplished.”
Last summer, the USDA “rewarded” South Carolina with a grant of more than $2 million – ostensibly for reducing its food stamp error rate. But did South Carolina – specifically it’s Department of Social Services (SCDSS) – actually lower its error rate? Or did it just tell the federal government what it wanted to hear?
FITS readers know the answer to that question …
Anyway, FITS founding editor Will Folks (a.k.a. Sic Willie) popped into the agency’s Washington, D.C. headquarters this week in an effort to speak with someone on the record about various issues related to the Palmetto State’s food stamp program – which doles out an estimated $1.4 billion in annual benefits.
To his surprise Sic – no stranger to trouble with the law in our nation’s capital – was blocked from entering the public facility.
“Admission is restricted to those with a point of contact at the agency,” he was told.
At that point Sic requested the telephone number for the agency’s media relations office.
“All Office of Communications questions must be submitted by email,” he was told.
At that point Sic asked for an email address for the agency’s office of communications.
“You can find that information on our website,” he was told.
And at that point, Sic was politely asked to leave the building. Because, you know … he was clearly being unreasonable asking a bunch of federal bureaucrats to, you know, do what they get paid to do.
Anyway, Sic eventually tracked down a pair of email addresses at the USDA – and rather than firing off a snarky missive about taxpayer-funded employees not doing their damn jobs, he posed his queries respectfully.
Specifically, Sic asked whether the USDA was aware of the allegations against SCDSS – and if so, whether it was investigating them. He also asked about a food stamp waiver requested by S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley as part her recently announced “War on Fat.”
We’ll let you know what (if anything) we hear back …