This final rule, published in the Federal Register on September 27, 2006, amends the WIC regulations to:
- streamline the Federal requirements for financial and participation reporting by State agencies;
- clarify the requirements pertaining to the confidentiality of WIC information in order to strengthen coordination with public organizations and private physicians;
- incorporate longstanding program policies and State agency practices into the regulations regarding State agency responses to subpoenas and other court-ordered requests for confidential information; and
- incorporate recent legislation which provided the WIC State agencies with the option to extend the certification period for breastfeeding women.
Other provisions in this final rule are designed to improve eligibility determinations, incorporating program policies and State agency practices that have been in effect for some time.