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Webinar:

University of Maryland School of Public Policy Secretary's Innovation Group

Implementing the SNAP Pilot Projects
to Reduce Dependency and Increase Work Levels

April 10, 2014
Co-Sponsored by the
University of Maryland School of Public Policy and the Secretary's Innovation Group
Hosted by Mathematica Policy Research

View a video of the entire webinar here. View slides for the presentations by clicking on speakers' names below.

View the conference transcript by clicking here.

Welcome and Introductions

  • Douglas Besharov, Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy; Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
  • Jason Turner, Executive Director, Secretary's Innovation Group
  • Reggie Bicha, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Human Services; President, APHSA Board of Directors

The Challenge Before Us

  • Douglas Besharov, Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy; Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

Legislative Background

  • Brandon Lipps, Counsel & Senior Professional Staff, U.S. House Committee on Agriculture
  • Lisa Shelton, Minority Professional Staff, U.S. House Committee on Agriculture

SNAP Overview

  • Jason Turner, Executive Director, Secretary's Innovation Group
  • Stacy Dean, Vice President for Food Assistance Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Job Search and Related Work First Strategies for State SNAP Pilots

  • USDA/FNS: Moira Johnston, Chief, SNAP Program Design Branch, Food and Nutrition Service
  • New York City: Robert Doar, Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies, American Enterprise Institute; former Commissioner, NYC Human Resources Administration
  • Arizona: Clarence Carter, Director, Arizona Department of Economic Security
  • Utah: Kathy Link, Food Stamp Program Manager, Utah Department of Workforce Services
  • Florida: Chad Poppell, Chief of Staff, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
  • Texas: Larry Temple, Executive Director, Texas Workforce Commission
  • Abt Associates: Howard Rolston, Principal Associate, Abt Associates

Workforce Development Strategies for State SNAP Pilots

  • Colorado: Reggie Bicha, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Human Services; President, APHSA Board of Directors
  • Washington: David Stillman, Assistant Secretary for the Economic Services Administration, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
  • Washington, D.C.:
  • Mathematica Policy Research: Sheena McConnell, Vice-President and Director of Human Services Research

Possible Approaches to Evaluating SNAP Pilots

  • USDA/FNS: Richard Lucas, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Policy Support, Food and Nutrition Service
  • Abt Associates: Jacob Klerman, Principal Associate/Scientist, Social and Economic Policy
  • Mathematica Policy Research: Peter Schochet, Senior Fellow and Senior Economist
  • MDRC: Richard Hendra, Senior Associate, Low-Wage Workers and Communities Policy Area

Conclusions and Next Steps

  • Douglas Besharov


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