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Estimating Improper Payments for School Meal Programs: Access, Participation, Eligibility, and Certification II (APEC)

2011-2016
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U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service

The Food and Nutrition Service has developed policies and initiatives designed to ensure that meal benefits from the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) reach eligible students as intended and that districts receive their correct reimbursements. The first Access, Participation, Eligibility, and Certification (APEC-I) study provided the first reliable national estimates of improper payments due to certification error made to school districts in 2005–2006 for the NSLP and the SBP. It was also the first national study to examine the amounts and rates of improper payments arising from the process of counting meals and obtaining reimbursements from state agencies after students were certified.

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