Section 851 - Response to Waivers
Q. Does the requirement that FNS respond to waiver requests within
60 days apply to all waivers?
A. It only applies to demonstration project waivers authorized under
Section 17 of the Food Stamp Act.
Q. Currently, the FNS national office reviews and makes decisions
on all demonstration waivers. Is it expected that this authority will
be delegated to FNS' Regional offices?
A. At this time, FNS national office does not anticipate delegating demonstration
project waiver review and approval authority. This authority will remain
at the national office.
Section 852 - Employment Initiatives Program
Q. What States qualify for the Employment Initiative Program (cash-out)
option and what data source was used to determine their qualification?
A. States in which at least 50% of the food stamp caseload in the summer
of 1993 also received AFDC can under the law provide certain households
with cash in lieu of food stamps. These States are: Alaska, California,
Connecticut, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota,
New Jersey, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The data source used to identify
qualifying States was the Summer 1993 - Characteristics of Food Stamp
Household report (USDA-FCS-Office of Analysis and Evaluation).
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