OMB Bulletin on Good Guidance Practices

Last Modified: 12/15/2013

Under the Office of Management and Budget's " Final Bulletin for Agency Good Guidance Practices," published in the Federal Register on January 25, 2007 (72 Federal Register 3432-3440), the Food and Nutrition Service is required to make available on the web, and accept comments with regard to the "significant guidance documents" The Bulletin defines a "significant guidance document" as a guidance document disseminated to regulated entities or the general public that may reasonably be anticipated to either:

  1. lead to an annual effect of $100 million or more or adversely affect in a material way the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, or State, local, or tribal governments or communities;

  2. create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency;

  3. materially alter the budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs or the rights or obligations of recipients thereof; or

  4. raise novel legal or policy issues arising out of legal mandates, the President's priorities, etc.

FNS has reviewed its existing guidance and identified the following significant guidance documents:

Guidance Document: Food Stamp Nutrition Education Guidance
Date of Issuance: March 6, 2007
Replaces: 2007 Guidance
Regulation that the Guidance Interprets: 7 CFR PART 271.1, 272.2(d)

Guidance Document: Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs
Date of Issuance: November 2001
Replaces: January 1984 version
Regulation that the Guidance Interprets: 7 CFR Parts 210, 220, 225, 226

Guidance Document: Child Nutrition Labeling for Non-Meat Products
Date of Issuance: December 2004
Replaces: January 1997 version
Regulation that the Guidance Interprets: Appendix C of 7 CFR Parts 210, 220, 225, 226

To review a copy of the OMB Bulletin on Final Bulletin for Agency Good Guidance Practices, click here.

To make a comment or raise a concern with regard to any of these guidance documents, or to comment on FNS's implementation of the OMB Bulletin, contact:

Office of Research and Analysis
Attn: Rich Lucas
3101 Park Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22302
E-mail: Richard.Lucas@fns.usda.gov