AUGUSTA — Maine is getting $1.3 million from the federal government for reducing the error rate in the state’s food stamp program.

Former Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Kevin Concannon returned to the state to present the check to Commissioner Brenda Harvey today. Concannon is now an undersecretary at the USDA Food and Nutrition Program.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture told Maine and other states in 2007 that their error rate in the food stamp program was too high. The errors were made in assessing or reassessing how much recipients were eligible to receive in food stamps.

Recipients are regularly reassessed because their incomes or other circumstances may change.