Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Q&As Related to the Independent Review of Applications

EO Guidance Document #
FNS Document #
Resource type
Policy Memos
Guidance Documents
Resource Materials
PDF Icon Policy Memo (97.52 KB)
DATE: April 30, 2014
SUBJECT: Questions and Answers Related to the Independent Review of Applications
TO: Regional Directors
Special Nutrition Programs
All Regions
State Directors
Child Nutrition Programs
All States

Attached are Questions and Answers related to the final rule published in the Federal Register on Feb. 6, 2014 titled, Independent Review of Applications Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Section 304 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires local educational agencies (LEAs) that demonstrate high levels of, or a high risk for administrative error associated with certification, verification and other administrative processes to conduct an independent review of the initial eligibility determinations for free and reduced price school meal applications for accuracy prior to notifying households of eligibility. The final rule establishes the requirements related to this second review of applications process, which becomes effective in School Year (SY) 2014-2015. The attached Questions and Answers provide additional information on these requirements.

State agencies are reminded to distribute this memo to program operators immediately. School food authorities should contact their state agency for additional information. State agencies may direct any questions concerning this guidance to the appropriate FNS regional office.

Cynthia Long
Deputy Administrator
Child Nutrition Programs


Page updated: April 07, 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.