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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Subcommittee to Examine Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in Child Nutrition Programs

On Tuesday, May 19 at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, chaired by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), will hold a hearing entitled, “Addressing Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in Federal Child Nutrition Programs.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

In Fiscal Year 2015, it is estimated the federal government will invest approximately $21 billion in child nutrition programs that are intended to provide low-income students and families access to healthy meals. Recent reports from the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Agriculture and the Government Accountability Office examined waste, fraud, and abuse in the administration of these programs, raising concerns about whether the programs are effectively serving those most in need.

As Congress works to strengthen these programs, Tuesday’s hearing will give members an opportunity to examine possible solutions for preventing waste, fraud, and abuse in federal child nutrition programs. To learn more about this hearing, visit www.edworkforce.house.gov/hearings

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WITNESS LIST

Mr. Gil H. Harden
Assistant Inspector General for Audit
Office of Inspector General
Department of Agriculture
Washington, D.C.

Ms. Zoë Neuberger
Senior Policy Analyst
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Washington, D.C.

Ms. Kay Brown
Director
Education, Workforce, and Income Security
Government Accountability Office
Washington, D.C.

Ms. Jessica Lucas-Judy
Acting Director
Forensic Audits and Investigative Service
Government Accountability Office
Washington, D.C.