The purpose of this report is to develop an initiative to link the Current Population Survey (CPS) to state Food Stamp program (FSP) administrative data. A linked CPS-FSP file would create new opportunities to explore dynamic program participation patterns of FSP participants and eligible non-participants. In addition, researchers could use the file to examine data collection and processing issues (e.g., imputation procedures), by comparing CPS survey responses to comparable fields in the administrative records. We estimate that this pilot would cost approximately $194,000. It is important to note that the costs are for illustrative purposes only and depend upon the specific implementation plan chosen by the USDA. For example, the costs could change significantly if additional states are included in the linkage process.
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