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U.S. Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., and Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., are urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General to thoroughly investigate the New Mexico state government’s management of food-assistance benefits.

The request comes after allegations that state employees altered documents to purposefully delay applications.

The delegation has been in contact with the USDA regarding the mismanagement of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In a letter to USDA Inspector General Phyllis K. Fong, the lawmakers wrote, “We have had concerns regarding New Mexico’s administration of the SNAP for a number of years, and any actions by HSD that have resulted in eligible families and children going hungry need to be identified and rectified immediately, and those responsible need to be held accountable.”

In addition to the delegation’s request, a top official with the USDA also formally requested an OIG investigation following congressional testimony last week.