Expunged food stamp benefits are automatically used to reduce food stamp claim balances. The expunged benefit file is run against the CARS database monthly. Benefits that are expunged each month are applied to the claim balances the next month. Expunged food stamp benefits that exceed the balance of the claim only have the amount of the balance reduced. Negative balances and refunds due to expunged benefits are not given. After this process runs each month, food stamp claim reductions are posted on the OVPT screen. Transaction code 14 is used to identify these claim balance reductions.
If benefits have been expunged prior to establishment of the claim, contact the Food Stamp Program and Policy Unit regarding thepossibility of applying the expunged benefits to the claim balance.