This Final Rule codifies statutory requirements included in section 4102 of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (PL 115-334, the 2018 Farm Bill). Section 4102 established a statutory definition for the term “certification period” and established that certification periods for CSFP participants must be not less than one year and not more than three years. This final rule revises 7 CFR 247.16 to include this provision.
This rule also revises 7 CFR 247 per section 4102 of the Agriculture Act of 2014 (PL 113-79, the 2014 Farm Bill), which amended CSFP eligibility requirements and phased out individuals who do not meet the new requirements. This provision was implemented through a previous final rule, Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP): Implementation of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (79 FR 38748), published on July 9, 2014. As of February 2020, the phase out of individuals who are not eligible for CSFP was completed. Thus this rule amends program regulations at 7 CFR part 247 to remove all remaining references to women, infants, and children.
Lastly, this rule amends citations that were revised during the previous final rule, Requirements for the Distribution and Control of Donated Foods—The Emergency Food Assistance Program: Implementation of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (81 FR 23085), published on April 19, 2016, which amended Food Distribution regulations at 7 CFR part 250. Accordingly, 7 CFR part 247 will be amended to reflect any updated references to 7 CFR part 250.
The Administrative Procedures Act (APA) at 5 USC 553(a)(2) specifically exempts rules involving grants and benefits from notice-and-comment requirements, giving the Department the authority to issue final rules in grants and benefits programs, like CSFP. Therefore, the Department is issuing this rule as a final rule without a comment period.