Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0062
SNAP - Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents Percentage Exemption Totals for Fiscal Year 2020

This memorandum adjusts the total number of exemptions available to each state for FY 2020, as shown in the table on the next page. Please note that the totals do not account for any exemption usage in FY 2020 (those figures must be reported in final by states on the Form FNS-583, due 45-days after the end of the fiscal year).

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0016
SNAP – Families First Coronavirus Response Act and Impact on Time Limit for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs)

The recently enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act temporarily and partially suspends the time limit for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) participation in SNAP. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0048
SNAP Section 4005 of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 - Questions and Answers

These Questions and Answers are in response to changes made by Section 4005 of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, enacted on Dec. 20, 2018, to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training program and certain Able-bodied Adults without Dependents work policies. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2017-0018
Requirements for Informing Households of ABAWD Rules

Section 6(o) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended, limits the time able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) can receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to 3 months in any 36-month period, unless the individual meets the ABAWD work requirement or is otherwise exempt.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0089
SNAP Guide to Supporting Requests to Waive the Time Limit for ABAWDs

This guide consolidates and underscores FNS policy concerning waivers of the ABAWD time limit and replaces its predecessor, FNS' August 2006 Guidance on Requesting ABAWD Waivers. FNS advises state agencies to use this guide to understand, obtain, and prepare evidence that successfully supports an ABAWD time limit waiver request based on relevant sections of the Act; federal regulations; and historical SNAP policy.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0076
Clarifying Obsolete Regulatory References to WIOA; Americorps; ABAWDs

This memo clarifies both how states must treat Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) for the purposes of the ABAWD work requirement and identifies obsolete statutory references to programs under the WIOA.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0030
ABAWD Time Limit Exemption for Veterans Disability Benefit

This memorandum clarifies how to apply an exemption from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program time limit for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWD) related to individuals receiving U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs disability compensation. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0008
FY 2016 Allocation of 15 percent Exemptions – Total, Including Carryover

This memorandum provides the total number of 15 percent ABAWD exemptions available to each state for FY 2016, which includes the new exemptions earned for FY 2016, exemptions used in FY 2015 and carryover from previous fiscal years.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2015-0060
ABAWD Time Limit Policy and Program Access Memo

This memorandum provides guidance to States in taking the balanced approach necessary to properly implement the SNAP time limit for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWD).

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2015-0028
SNAP Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents Q&As June 2015

Section 6(0) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 limits able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWD) eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to 3 months in any 36-month period, unless the individual meets the ABA WD work requirement or is otherwise exempt. The Food and Nutrition Service is providing the attached guidance in response to recent questions from State agencies concerning ABAWD policy.