Researcher(s):Deanna T. Schexnayder, Jerome A. Olson, Daniel P. O’Shea, Davy Norris, Daniel G. Schroeder, and Christopher T. King
Date Published: August 1997
Publisher(s): Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, The University of Texas at Austin
Abstract: The Texas Department of Human Services has been conducting a welfare reform demonstration project entitled “Lone Star Image System” in Bexar and Guadalupe counties. This project uses electronic finger-imaging to detect and deter duplicate applications for Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and Food Stamp benefits.
The evaluation of the LSIS demonstration consists of both impact and cost analyses over the first seven months of its operation. The purpose of the impact analysis is to measure the effect of the LSIS demonstration on Food Stamp and AFDC caseloads and to explain changes in the rates at which persons enter and leave the two programs. The cost analysis examines the cost features of the LSIS demonstration and the potential benefit savings resulting from the program. Findings are based on an analysis of administrative caseload and cost data from October 1995 through May 1997, as well as interviews with Food Stamp and AFDC recipients who have recently exited from at least one of the programs.