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2004 Florida Statutes

Public assistance overpayment recovery program; contracts.
Section 414.36, Florida Statutes 2004

414.36  Public assistance overpayment recovery program; contracts.--

(1)  The department shall develop and implement a plan for the statewide privatization of activities relating to the recovery of public assistance overpayment claims. These activities shall include, at a minimum, voluntary cash collections functions for recovery of fraudulent and nonfraudulent benefits paid to recipients of temporary cash assistance, food stamps, and aid to families with dependent children.

(2)  For purposes of privatization of public assistance overpayment recovery, the department shall enter into contracts consistent with federal law with for-profit corporations, not-for-profit corporations, or other entities capable of providing the services for recovering public assistance required under this section. The department shall issue requests for proposals, enter into a competitive bidding process, and negotiate contracts for such services. Contracts for such services may be funded on a contingency fee basis, per fiscal year, based on a percentage of the state-retained share of collections, for claims for food stamps, aid to families with dependent children, and temporary cash assistance. This section does not prohibit districts from entering into contracts to carry out the provisions of this section, if that is a cost-effective use of resources.

(3)  The Economic Self-sufficiency Services Program Office of the department shall have responsibility for contract management and for monitoring and policy development functions relating to privatization of the public assistance overpayment recovery program.

History.--s. 1, ch. 95-305; s. 38, ch. 96-175; s. 3, ch. 96-235; s. 48, ch. 97-98; s. 215, ch. 97-101; s. 28, ch. 97-173; s. 70, ch. 2000-139; s. 45, ch. 2000-165.

Note.--Former s. 409.2562.