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FY 2020 Reallocation of SAE Funds in Child Nutrition Programs

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SP10 CACFP05-2020
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DATE: April 1, 2020
SUBJECT: Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Reallocation of State Administrative Expense (SAE) Funds in Child Nutrition Programs1
TO: Regional Directors
Special Nutrition Programs
All Regions
State Directors
Child Nutrition Programs
Food Distribution Programs
All States

This memorandum provides the information needed to conduct the FY 2020 reallocation of SAE funds. Reallocation is a formal process by which state agencies can: (1) request additional SAE funds above their initial authorized funding level; or (2) return SAE funds they do not need. Please note that a number of updates to the carryover and reallocation of SAE funding will go into effect for FY 2020. For additional information, refer to policy memo SP-09, CACFP-04-2020, Updated Instructions for the Recovery and Reallocation of State Administrative Expense (SAE) Funds in Child Nutrition Programs. At this time, all state agencies must also submit an SAE Funds Reallocation Report (FNS-525) to their respective USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) regional office, even if the state agency is neither requesting nor returning funds.

State agencies may request SAE reallocation funds for any allowable expense associated with the administration of the CNPs including related food distribution programs, as described under 7 CFR 235.6. Furthermore, state agencies must ensure that the total amount of SAE funds (initial allocation plus reallocation and transfers) carried over into FY 2021 does not exceed an amount equivalent to 20 percent of the total amount of all SAE allocations received in FY 2020. The state’s SAE Plan must reflect an estimate of the planned use of SAE funds through the end of FY 2020. An amendment to the SAE Plan must be made and approved by the regional office for any substantive changes in planned activities or planned expenditures on activities as a result of receiving SAE reallocation funds. If SAE reallocation funds are used for Summer Food Service Program purposes, the associated management and administration plan (MAP) may also need to be amended accordingly [7 CFR 225.4].

FNS will recover SAE funds from any state agency that fails to expend the approved amount of the SAE reallocation funds by the end of the grant period. No later than April 22, 2020, state agencies must submit FNS-525s and requests for SAE reallocation funds to their respective FNS regional office. Below is a table of key dates associated with the reallocation process:

April 22, 2020 State agencies submit SAE reallocation requests and FNS-525s to regional offices.
May 2020 FNS notifies SA of SAE reallocation results.
Sept. 30, 2020 End of first year of FY 2020 SAE funds grant period. State agencies are allowed to carry over an unobligated amount no greater than 20 percent of the total FY 2020 SAE funds allocation into FY 2021 (initial allocation plus reallocation and transfers).
Sept.30, 2020 End of FY 2020 SAE reallocation funds grant period. All SAE reallocation funds awarded in FY 2020 must be obligated and expended.

State agencies with questions should contact the appropriate FNS regional office.

Sarah E. Smith-Holmes
Program Monitoring and Operational Support Division
Child Nutrition Programs


1 Pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (5 USC 801 et seq.), the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs designated this waiver as not major, as defined by 5 USC 804(2).
Page updated: November 22, 2023

The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.