The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has issued a reminder to counties that management of eligibility determination and program integrity investigation must be separate.
County Special Investigative Unit (SIU) staff is responsible for preventing and discovering fraud by applicants and recipients. SIU staff must investigate fraud allegations. County eligibility workers are responsible for referring cases to the SIU.
The SIU must be a separate organization, independent of organizations performing eligibility and benefit determination functions. Counties must ensure separate and independent operation of eligibility and investigation activities. SIU staff cannot dictate CalWORKs or CalFresh eligibility determinations but can make recommendations. (All County Welfare Directors Letter May 1, 2019.)