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DSS employees to max out overtime to clear backlogged NC Fast cases

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BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Commissioners in Bladen county are expected to hear an update Monday night on problems with the NC Fast system, which is used to distribute food stamp benefits.

Last month North Carolina received a letter from the US Department of Agriculture enacting hard deadlines on the state to clear backlogged cases and meet other criteria.

The State's DSS Director sent a letter to all counties last Thursday ordering that staff work maximum overtime hours until the deadline. County DSS workers worked over the weekend to try to clear the backlog and will continue working each day this week, 5 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

The state is hoping each individual employee can complete ten applications or re-certification every day.

As of last week, the USDA says there were over 23,000 households waiting for the benefits from the state.

The USDA has given North Carolina until February 10 to significantly reduce the backlog or face the possibility of losing federal funding.

The Bladen County DSS director will be on hand to answer any question from commissioners during Monday's meeting.

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