Resource | Toolkits
SNAP Recertification Toolkit

This toolkit is intended to clarify the SNAP recertification process, including by identifying ambiguous areas in the regulations and specified areas of state flexibility.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2006-0048
Q&A – Implementation of New Racial/Ethnic Data Collection

Attached is a Q&A fact sheet that answers questions and provides further guidance on the new racial/ethnic data collection and the new FNS-101 reporting. The July 31, 2006, memorandum offers further policy guidance on this regulation.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0079
Clarifying Requirements for Compliance with Prisoner Verification System and Deceased Matching System Regulations

The purpose of this memo is to reiterate the importance of state compliance with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program regulations at 7 CFR 272.13, Prisoner Verification System and 7 CFR 272.14, Deceased Matching System.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2011-0040
Questions and Answers on Online Applications

This memorandum provides questions and answers about state online application compliance with SNAP regulations. The attachment gives clarification about compliance issues emphasized in the Online Application Review Results and Action Items memorandum issued December 17, 2010.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2009-0081
SNAP - Excluding the Special $25 Weekly Unemployment Compensation Payment - Questions and Answers

This memorandum transmits the first set of Questions and Answers that the Program Development Division has received about excluding the special weekly $25 Unemployment Compensation payments.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2009-0046
Verification Requirements and State Options

The following chart clarifies what verification requirements are mandatory at initial certification and describes the program flexibility within those requirements that may help reduce workload. The chart also lists the state options that may apply to each item of eligibility that could have workload impact.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2005-0057
Adjusting Standard Utility Allowances for the 2005-2006 Winter

Several state agencies have recently asked FNS to approve increases in their Standard Utility Allowances (SUA’s) for heating and cooling based on projections of substantial price increases in energy sources – particularly natural gas. We are aware of broad interest in the issue of the impact of higher energy prices on household budgets and appreciate the conferences and correspondence that bring this issue to our attention.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2006-0008
Updated Poverty Income Guidelines

The US Department of Health and Human services published its annual update of poverty income guidelines in the Federal Register of January 24, 2006. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2004-0047
New Medicare Prescription Drug Card Q&As

We have been asked whether to adopt for food stamp benefit purposes the $48.17 average cost for prescription drug purchases that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) calculated. The answer is yes, with some caveats. We have prepared two new Q&As to outline how this should work.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2005-0005
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005, PL 108-447 Food Stamp Household Income Exclusion Provision

On December 8, 2004, the President signed The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005, Public Law 108-447. This law contains a provision which excludes from consideration as income in the Food Stamp Program additional pay received by military personnel as a result of deployment to a combat zone.