Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2006-0051
On-Line Food Stamp Program Applications

This policy encourages state to comply with the application and notice requirements on the paper forms that an applicant can download.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2006-0050
Waivers of 7 CFR 273.10(f)(4) – Shortening Certification Periods

This is to advise you that we are revising conditions associated with waivers of 7 CFR 273.10(f)(4) which would allow state agencies to shorten the certification periods of food stamp households

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2006-0049
Face-to-Face Interview Waiver Criteria

This is to advise you that we are expanding our criteria for the approval of waivers of the face-to-face interview at both initial and recertification. We also wish to note that since State agencies already may waive the face-to-face interview on an individual case basis based on a finding of hardship, we are now categorizing these waivers as waivers of the requirement that State agencies document hardship prior to utilizing alternatives to the face-to-face interview.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2006-0046
Treatment of gift cards for Food Stamp (FSP) purposes

FSP legislative and regulatory provisions do not, either directly or indirectly, address the treatment of gift cards for program purposes. While these rules can potentially be interpreted to count gift cards as a resource, we believe this would be inadvisable since attempts to verify the existence and value of the cards during the certification process would be extremely difficult, problematic and subject to error.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2006-0045
Client Confidentiality and Group Interviews

Protecting the confidentiality of food stamp applicants and participants has been an important component of the Food Stamp Program (FSP) since its inception. While the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has been aware for some time that a number of state agencies have been making use of group interviews in order to simplify office operations, recently Regional Offices also have asked for guidance on various ways that group interviews might be conducted in their states. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2006-0043
FSP – Farm Bill Questions and Answers – Set No. 5

Attached is the fifth set of questions and answers in response to issues raised by states since the issuance of our four earlier sets of questions and answers, clarifying the certification provisions of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, Public Law 107-171, (Farm Bill), which was enacted on May 13, 2002.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2006-0040
Calculating the Program Access Index with the American Community Survey

The final regulation establishing Food Stamp High Performance Bonuses was published in the Federal Register on February 7, 2005. The regulation established the Program Access Index as one of the criteria – among others – on which states could qualify for a share of the funds made available for bonus awards.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2006-0033
Food Stamp Outreach Plan Activities

This memorandum addresses questions recently raised about the allowable scope of formal state Food Stamp Program outreach plans. The specific issue is whether state FSP outreach plans may include activities directed to access and retention of current participants in addition to outreach and education efforts directed to nonparticipating persons.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2006-0031
Separate Household Status for Disabled Persons

Memo regarding a court suit filed in the State of Alabama on the the proper treatment of situations involving severely disabled persons who do not purchase and prepare their food with the individuals with whom they reside.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2006-0029
FSP – 2-Year ABAWD Waivers – Using the Same Area for Multiple Waivers

This is a follow-up of our memorandum of February 3, 2006, authorizing 2-year waivers of the work requirements of 7 CFR 273.24 for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs). Since we issued the original memorandum, we have received several requests in which state agencies have requested waivers under which they proposed to include the same jurisdiction in waivers covering two different approval periods.