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January 13, 2014

Feds issue mandate to NC FAST

TARBORO — Federal regulators have warned North Carolina’s Human Services Department to resolve delays in processing food stamp applications, or face losing federal money to run the program.  The warning came a few days after Edgecombe County Commissioners discussed resolving the county's delays in processing food stamp applications. The board directed County Manager Lorenzo Carmon to look into hiring part time employees to assist with the workload that NC FAST program created. A letter from the county's DSS Advisory Board to the county's Human Services Board stated that employees working in the NC FAST system accumulated 1,920.81 unpaid overtime hours.

As of last week 8,830 Food and Nutrition Services cases had been converted to the NC Fast system. Of them 218 applications were pending approval.

Edgecombe County DSS Director Marva Scott wouldn't comment on the proposal that was sent to the county and had very limited comments about the federal mandate imposed on the state.

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