Reducing Welfare Fraud in the State of Michigan Analytical Essay by meh31488

Reducing Welfare Fraud in the State of Michigan
An analysis of policy recommendations for the problem of welfare fraud within the state of Michigan.
# 153074 | 6,945 words | 23 sources | APA | 2013 | US

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The paper reveals the expenditures associated with welfare programs and illustrates how the threat of welfare fraud is undeniable and well documented in recent years. The paper discusses the varying levels of fraudulent behavior and shows how Michigan's long-term economic stability and future monetary allocations for welfare programs depend on a policy that addresses the problem at the core. The paper explores the constraints on policy options that include budget cuts, organizational conflict and time management issues, and details several policy options that can reduce the welfare fraud, that include additional training for workers within the Department of Human Services, improvements to database systems, increased funding appropriations to investigative services within the police, and diversion programs for first time offenders. The paper reviews the methods of assessing policy options, selects the ideal options and discusses potential policy implementation problems and unintended effects and how they can be addressed.

Table of Contents:
Statement of Problem
Constraints on Policy
Description of Policy Options
Method of Assessing Policy Options
Comparison of Policy Options on Criteria
Recommendation of Best Option
Method of Identifying Potential Implementation Problems
List and Describe Potential Implementation Problems and Unintended Effects
Plan for Avoiding Potential Implementation Problems and Unintended Effects

From the Paper:

"These statistics provide a preamble into the significance of the United States' network of welfare and the fundamental purpose of such programs. In order to understand the scope of the problem that is welfare fraud, it is important to examine the enormous costs associated with its continued implementation at such a staggering rate. However, in order to address the problem of welfare fraud from a perspective that is concise, this analysis will concentrate on the State of Michigan in recommending policy changes.
"As we can see from Figures 1 and 2, the expenditures associated with welfare programs are daunting. However, we must understand the majority of welfare recipients that live in poverty are working hard to survive and thrive in a globalized capitalist economy that continues to struggle. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, the State of Michigan has an unemployment rate of 8.9% (2013) and the U.S. Census Bureau reports the poverty level to be a record-high 15.5% (2011). As a result, welfare programs are being utilized in Michigan by more than 2.5 million residents; more than 25% of the state's population. With such a tremendous burden of welfare recipients on the Department of Human Services, concerns regarding proper enforcement and oversight by case workers are amplified. Unfortunately, this issue is compounded by the continued increase of unemployment and poverty within the state. This has lead to further dependence on welfare programs and more strain on case workers, increasing the risk of welfare fraud as a result of an overburdened system."

Sample of Sources Used:

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