Fiscal Year (FY) 2003 Allocations of the 15 Percent Exemptions for Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents
Subject: Fiscal Year (FY) 2003 Allocations of the 15 Percent Exemptions for Able-Bodied
Adults without Dependents (ABAWDs)
To: All Regional Directors
Attached are the FY 2003 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.
State agencies 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.
The three attachments contain the FY 2003 allotments for each State and examples of the allowable per
case-month exemptions by State 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.
These numbers do not take into consideration the carryover amount from the unused FY 2002 exemptions
because final numbers for FY 2002 have not been reported yet. We will send you the FY 2003 adjusted allocations
as soon as possible.
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.
Arthur T. Foley
Program Development Division