Patrick Hallum, Arkansas
2016-2017 UCOWF President
45th Annual United Council on Welfare Fraud Training Confer3ence
August 28 - 31, 2017
I am grateful to continue serving as your 2016-2017 President. Being elected to serve and continuing to further the cause of our association comes with great excitement! In my position, I am fortunate to be able to serve and promote program integrity by uncovering waste, fraud and abuse in many of the public assistance programs within the Federal, state and local levels. I am thankful that UCOWF assists its members by providing professional training and valuable resources that can be used to enhance the efforts of those individuals who serve daily to promote program integrity.
Every day our members and partners, from the United States and Canada, are able to draw on the strength of those professionals that work in the arena of Welfare Fraud. Our association works in cooperation with our Federal partners by joining efforts to help strenthen program integrity, while maintaining efficient access to those who qualify for the many important programs that are available to them. From eligibility workers, program administrators, collections specialists, prosecutors and investigators in the field, our association works hard to share the best practices, develop valuable network connections, examine common areas of concern, and offer professional suggestions to all levels of government which share our concerns.
Since joining the United Council on Welfare Fraud. I have been astounded at the knowledge and professionalism of those within the organization, as well as those that have attended our annual training seminars. The quality training offered at our annual conference is second to none and it is reflected in this expertise and professionalism, as anyone who has ever attended can attest to. For anyone who has not attended, I would strongly encourage that you make the effort to do so. I realize that some will see that cost as a determent, but I want you to know that our organization offers up to ten sponsorships per year to cover the conference registration fee and up to $500.00 in travel expense for attendance.
This year's training conference will be held in August 28 - 31, 2017, in Orlando, Florida
It is with great pleasure that I welcome those who are new to the organization and encourage all members to participate and share in all that the United Council on Welfare Fraud has to offer. If there is ever anything I can do to assist in your work and support of program integrity, please feel free to contact me.
Arkansas Department of Human Services Program Manager
Special Investigations Unit