- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

DENVER (AP) - Federal officials are asking Colorado to repay nearly $1 million that the state used for a food-assistant program without receiving permission from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Denver Post reports Thursday (https://goo.gl/1Kd0Xm ) that the money in question is part of the state’s $800 million Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It helps 500,000 low-income residents buy food.

Officials Colorado’s Department of Human Services acknowledged they didn’t get permission to spend the money after renewing and changing a contract with a private company that helps run the food-assistance benefits.

The state is appealing the federal government’s demand for repayment. The demand came in a March letter obtained by The Denver Post.

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Information from: The Denver Post, https://www.denverpost.com

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