The federal government has slapped the state of Georgia with an ultimatum: Fix the food stamp program in 30 days or else.
The government threatened to cut $15 million in funding to the program unless it delivers significant improvement by May 14.
The U.S. Food and Nutrition Service issued a letter to the program delivered Monday stating that it failed to amend several cases of overdue food stamps, and noted that the number of cases continues to grow.
This is a much lighter threat than its previous one, in which the federal government threatened to remove all $75 million of its funding. It conceded that the program did make some improvement and lowered the total to $15 million.
"This letter serves as a formal warning that (the state Department of Human Services) may be subject to suspension of administrative funds,” Robin Bailey Jr., the regional administrator of the U.S. Food and Nutrition Service, said in the letter.