SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Facing recent scrutiny, the Department of Transitional Assistance is stepping up its enforcement to try and improve its reputation.
The DTA oversees the state's welfare system. The DTA has hired an independent agency to conduct an internal audit. It is now charging $5 for replacement EBT cards. In October, it should be able to block cash withdrawals at certain liquor stores and it has started monitoring people who are taking out cash or using EBT cards at prohibited establishments.
Interim Commissioner Stacey Monahan told 22News she wants to ensure taxpayer dollars are being used as intended.
"There are restrictions on what you can use your cash benefits for and the Department is watching if you are using your benefits for something that is illegal," said Monahan.
The DTA is also working with the RMV and Department of Revenue to screen its clients.