On Sept. 1, 2004, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published an interim rule entitled, “Child and Adult Care Food Program: Improving Management and Program Integrity” (69 FR 53501). This rule put into effect discretionary provisions (i.e., provisions that were not statutorily mandated) that FNS had proposed on Sept. 12, 2000 (65 FR 55101), as modified in response to the 548 public comments we received on that proposal. Although we are soliciting public comment on this interim rule, and are allowing a lengthy period for public comment, its provisions will be codified in the Code of Federal Regulations and will have the force of law, effective Oc. 1, 2004. Thus, although FNS is soliciting public comments, compliance with the interim rule’s provisions is required, in accordance with the implementation dates discussed in this guidance.
This guidance is intended to provide state agencies (SAs) with information for their use in implementing the provisions of this second interim management improvement rule. In addition to discussing each change in the rule, the guidance will:
- Provide an “index” of the rule, to help program administrators more quickly locate discussions of specific provisions;
- Address implementation timeframes; and
- Discuss interactions between the provisions of the first interim rule, published on June 27, 2002 (67 FR 43447) and this second interim rule.