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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Section 851 - Response to Waivers

Last Published: 04/15/2014

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).