Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: Automated Data Processing and Information Retrieval System Requirements: System Testing

The primary purpose of the rule was to strengthen the requirements for adequate testing and pilot before rolling out a new management information system or major system changes. The rule also made changes to the SNAP regulations to provide clarifications and revisions since the last update which occurred in 1996.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0048
Questions and Answers Concerning the Agricultural Act of 2014

The attached questions and answers are intended to address state agency concerns about the effects of the Agricultural Act of 2014 on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. 

Resource | Direct Final Rule
Direct Final Rule: SNAP Trafficking Controls and Fraud Investigations

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is issuing this affirmation of a final rule, without change, of an interim rule that amended Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) regulations, to require State agencies to monitor electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card replacement requests and send notices to those clients who have requested four cards within a 12-month period. The State agency shall be exempt from sending this notice if it chooses to exercise the card withholding option, in accordance with SNAP regulations, and sends the first warning notice upon the household's fourth card replacement request.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0039
Questions and Answers on the Quality Control related provisions of the Agricultural Act

Attached are Quality Control related questions and answers pertaining to the Agricultural Act of 2014. The questions cover the application of the 120-day QC hold harmless period, the implementation of the QC tolerance level for small errors, QC standards and performance bonus payments.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0029
Retailer Notice on Agricultural Act of 2014 Provisions

On Feb. 7, 2014, Congress passed the Agricultural Act of 2014, PL 113-79, which reauthorizes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Below are the SNAP retailer provisions that are effective immediately.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0057
SNAP - Section 4006 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 - Questions and Answers Part II

The attached questions and answers provide additional policy clarifications responding to State agency concerns regarding the Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) March 5, 2014, Implementing Memorandum for Section 4006, "Standard Utility Allowances Based on the Receipt of Energy Assistance," of The Agricultural Act of 2014 (PL 113-79). These questions and answers serve as formal guidance for use by FNS Regional Offices and State agencies as they implement the provisions of Section 4006.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0023
Early Denial Waiver Memo

FNS has recently undertaken a review of its waiver processes and the effectiveness of its approved waivers. Specifically, FNS has recently reviewed the "Early Denial" waiver, also known as "10-Day Denial" waiver, which waives Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) regulations at 7 CFR 273.2(g)(3) and 7 CFR 273.2(h)(2).

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0066
Performance Bonus (Section 4021) Questions and Answers - Agricultural Act of 2014

Attached are questions and answers pertaining to Section 4021 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 on the use of performance bonus money for Farmers' Markets bonus bucks and the use of bonus money for contractor fees.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0050
Quality Control Errors and the Establishment of Claims - Clarification

This memorandum addresses recent questions about our April 15, 2014, memorandum relating to quality control errors and the establishment of claims against SNAP households.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0061
Quality Control Tolerance Level - FY 2015

The Agricultural Act of 2014 set the Quality Control Tolerance Level for excluding small errors at up to $37 for FY 2014. In addition, the Act requires FNS to adjust the tolerance level for future years by the percentage by which the Thrifty Food Plan (TFP) is adjusted under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008.