ATLANTA and TALLAHASSEE (March 25, 2014) – LexisNexis® Risk Solutions today announced the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) has saved more than $12 million in cost avoidance by preventing fraud and creating increased efficiencies within its first five months rolling out a statewide program to verify and authenticate the identities of customers accessing public assistance benefits.
For its efforts, DCF was recently named by Florida Governor Rick Scott as a “Governor’s Savings Award” recipient.
The DCF has embarked on an aggressive campaign to eliminate fraud, waste and abuse in public assistance programs, utilizing LexisNexis and the company’s big data platform, HPCC Systems, to verify and authenticate the identities of customers applying electronically for public assistance benefits.
“We are extremely pleased with the savings we’ve already realized in the short time our program has been implemented,” Office of Public Benefits Director Andrew McClenahan said. “We look forward to continuing to protect the identity of our clients and stopping fraud at the front door, making sure only those who truly need help receive it.”
“By verifying and authenticating the identity of the customer before processing the application, DCF isn’t just fighting fraud; it’s actually preventing fraud,” said Haywood Talcove, Chief Executive Officer, Government, LexisNexis. “We congratulate DCF for being honored with this award, being the first social services agency in the nation to take this proactive approach to preventing fraud and – most importantly – for ensuring public assistance benefits go to those who truly deserve them.”
The Governor’s Savings Award “honors those who answer the Governor’s call for increased efficiencies and cost savings in government operations.” LexisNexis identity management solutions are integrated into Automated Community Connection to Economic Self Sufficiency (ACCESS) Florida to help quickly confirm that customers are who they say they are before processing their benefit applications.
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