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Page Six

THE SUMMER DAILY

Wedr

Welfare probes to
be used once again

WASHINGTON (;' - Secret
state investigations of welfare
applicants and recipients, abol-
ished in the 1960s, were re-estab-
lished yesterday by a new set of
federal rules.
The Department of Health, Ed-
ucation and Welfare said the
sweeping changes affecting relief
eligibility determination, fair
hearings and recovery of over-
payments will help reduce errors
costing taxpayers hundreds of
millions of dollars annually.
"The purpose of these regula-
tions is to make sure welfare
funds get to those in need, and
to help restore the public's faith
in our welfare system," said
HEW Secretary Caspar Weinber-
ger. "The longer, large over-
payments and payments to in-
eligible recipients continue, the
more people in real need are de-
prived of funds intended for
them."
The rules were bitterly contest-
ed by welfare organizations, re-
cipients and legal aid groups who
argued that return to secret
probes might lead to harassment
and invasion of privacy.
In response to those comments
on the original April 20 propos-
als, HEW included a section
which it said "restates that con-
stitutional rights are to be ob-
served and protected."
"I HAVE an awful lot of -con-
fidence that states and counties
are going to do right by their
poor," said Robert Carleson,
former California welfare direc-
tor and now special welfare as-
sistant to Weinberger.
At present, a state can make
outside contacts to determine
eligibility only with the permis-
sian of the applicant or recip-
ient.

The new rules take effect in 60
days but states may implement
them immediately if new legisla-
tion is not needed, Carleson said.
STATES WILL be allowed to
develop their own methods for re-
covering overpayments within
"reasonable limits," but with a
new one-year retroactive limit
applying also to correction of
underpayments.
Under the old rules, overpay-
ments could be recovered only if
they involved the willful fraud,
error caused by the recipient or
if the recipient had sufficient in-
come or resources.
The new requirement that ap-
plications be written and signed,
and not be taken by phone or
mail, was amended to allow a
third party to apply on behalf of
an incapacitated or iscompe-
tent person.
ANOTHER CHANGE from the
proposal expands from 7 to 11
the types of situations in which
an agency can discontinue or re-
duce welfare aid without ad-
vance notice.
The four new instances added
cover cases in which a recipient
is placed in a long-term hospital
or -nursing home at state ex-
pense, a dependent child is plac-
ed io a foster home or becomes
a ward of the court, a recipient's
physician prescribes a new level
of medical care, or a special al-
lowance for a certain period is
terminated.
Carleson said another regula-
tion to be proposed soon would
allow states to act immediately
in cases of suspected fraud. He
said separate treatment of this
issue is necessary to protect re-
cipients' rights.

AP Photo
POLICE ARREST one of the demonstrators who took part in a
protest at the White House yesterday. Activists Daniel and Jerome
Berrigan were also arrested. The protest was over U.S. bombing
in Cambodia.
BOMBING CITED:
Berrigans arrested
in anti-war protest

WASHINGTON (A') - Peace
activists Daniel and Jerome Ber-
rigan and several other demon-
strators were arrested yesterday
as they knelt at the White House.
Daniel Berrigan said -the pro-
test was over U. S. bombing in
Cambodia "and a lot of deaths in
Vietnam."
AHOUT 80 demonstrators wait-
ed aning the tourists to get into
the White House tours. They
sang, "We -Shall Overcome."
White House police did not stop
the activists from going through
the tourist gate. But most of the
demonstrators stopped and knelt
on the steps before entering the
White House.
When one leader tried to ad-
dress a gathering over a micro-
phone, a White House guard
warned its members to continue
moving or leave the grounds, or
face arrest.
A FEW demonstrators contin-
ued the White House tour, sing-
ing antiwar songs as they walked
throughathe rooms with tourists.
At that time no arrests were

made inside the mansion, but
earlier three demonstrators were
arrested as they prayed at the
North Portico. They were among
about 30 who went through the
resid e n c e chanting anti-
war songs.
The demonstrators arrested
outside were flanked by police
as they were dragged from the
steps. They sang, "we shall not
be moved" and others outside
the gate also joined in.
MANY TOURISTS waiting out-
side in the hot sun applauded. A
few curses were heard express-
ing displeasure. Regular White
House tours were delayed as the
arrests were being made at the
tourist gate.
One elderly w o m a n said,
"They have a right to protest."
A man with a young child said,
"Damn, we came 3,000 miles and
they chased us out."
- A superior court jury acquit-
ted two men and woman of un-
lawful entry at the White House
where they prayed for an end to
U.S. bombing.

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