Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 Allocations of the 15 Percent Exemptions for Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents
Nov. 26 2003
Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 Allocations of the 15 Percent Exemptions for Able- Bodied Adults without Dependents
All Regional Directors
Food Stamp Program
Attached are the FY 2004 allocations of the 15 percent exemptions for
ABAWDs. 7 CFR 273.24 authorizes the Food and Nutrition Service to adjust the number of
15 percent exemptions allocated to each State at the beginning of the fiscal year to
reflect changes in the States’ caseloads and our estimate of changes in the proportion
of food stamp recipients covered by waivers. The attached allocations reflect these adjustments.
There are four attachments. The first attachment lists the number of exemptions on a
State-by-State basis. The remaining three attachments show the allowable per case-month exemptions by State, and the number of persons that can be exempted if no time limit is placed on the exemptions; if a 3-month time limit is placed on the exemptions; and if a 6-month time limit is placed on the exemptions. The attachments also show the number of persons that can be exempted if the State chooses to start taking the exemptions on 10/1/03, on 1/1/04, or on 4/1/04.
These numbers do not take into consideration the carryover amount from the unused
FY 2003 exemptions because the final numbers have not yet been reported. We will send you the FY 2004 adjusted allocations as soon as possible.
States have broad latitude to use exemptions as they see fit. They may assign them to individuals with special circumstances. Alternatively, States may choose to extend the participation of all ABAWDs.
No matter how States decide to use their exemptions, they should avoid using more than their assigned allocation number. A few States used up their FY 2003 allocations, but continued to exempt ABAWDs, resulting in allocation overages. Please advise your States that we will reduce their FY 2004 adjusted allocations for any overages they have incurred during FY 2003.
We urge you to continue to work with your State agencies and to encourage them to
use the exemptions available to them. If you have any questions or need additional information, please call Patricia Maggi of my staff at 703-305-2468.
John H. Knaus
Program Development Division
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