Trump budget plan to eliminate LIHEAP through zero funding

ELIMINATION: LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Department of Health and Human Services

The Budget proposes to eliminate the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in order
to reduce the size and scope of the Federal Government, and better target resources within the Department
of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families.
Funding Summary
(In millions of dollars)
2017 Enacted 2019 Request 2019 Change from 2017
Budget Authority……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 3,390 0 -3,390
Justification
LIHEAP is a Federal program that has been known to have sizeable fraud and abuse, leading to program
integrity concerns. Specifically, a 2010 Government Accountability Office (GAO) study concluded that the
program lacked proper oversight, which resulted in a significant number of improper payments. In particular,
the report highlighted a number of incidents in which program funds were distributed to deceased or
incarcerated individuals. In addition, the report determined that LIHEAP application processors did little
to prevent awards from being provided to individuals with fake addresses and fake energy bills. Since the
report, States have taken steps to work toward improving the verification of identify and income.

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And other programs eliminated in the budget: Agricultural Department’s rural water and wastewater grants, the Education Department’s student support and academic enrichment grants, the Labor Department’s Indian and Native American Program, and development assistance provided through the State Department and the Agency for International Development.

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