Law: Working While on Welfare

The right hand finds out what the left hand is doing

For the past three months, computers in Washington, D.C., have been comparing a list of 1.8 million civilians on the federal payroll with another list of welfare recipients in 21 states. So far, Project Match has come up with 26,334 "hits" —names that appear on both lists.

A pilot program last summer, involving the Department of Health, Education and Welfare's 6,000 Washington employees, produced 216 raw hits. Of these, 77 were found to be totally ineligible for welfare, 39 more were receiving excessive payments, and the remaining 100 were...

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