Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2005-0058
Quality Control (QC) Policy Memo Update

The following policy memoranda are superseded by revisions to the FNS 310 Handbook and are now obsolete. At the end of the memos being cancelled is a list of the current QC policy Memos.

QC Policy Memo 06-02
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-2005-0054
Retention of Quality Control (QC) Records

The purpose of this policy memo is to notify State agencies of the specific record retention requirements for recent QC review periods. As required by regulations, QC records must be retained for three years following fiscal closure

QC Policy Memo 06-01
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2005-0050
Food Stamp Eligibility for Residents of Assisted Living Facilities with Meal Options

This is in reply to your July 21, 2005, memorandum with the above subject in which you ask for clarifications relating to the provision of the regulations at 7 CFR 273.1(b)(7)(vi). This provision provides, in part, that individuals must be considered residents of an institution when the institution provides them with the majority of their meals (over 50 percent of three meals daily) as part of the institution’s normal services.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2005-0048
Treatment of Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance and National Flood Insurance Program Payments in Income Eligibility Determinations for Food and Nutrition Service Programs

This memorandum provides guidance to state administrators in making household eligibility determinations in all nutrition assistance programs administered by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2005-0045
Budgeting Drug Expenses Under the Medicare Drug Discount Card and the New Medicare Drug Program (Part D)

Attached are 18 Questions and Answers about the drug expenses of Food Stamp clients who also receive Medicare. The Questions and Answers concern the phasing out of the Drug Discount Card, Medicare’s implementation of the new Medicare Prescription Drug Program, and Food Stamp Quality Control. We have developed this guidance in consultation with our Federal partners.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2005-0042
FSP - Policy Clarification: Deduction Language on Application and Reported Changes

Memo regarding confusion about the proper way to handle a situation involving a Food Stamp Program participant who receives an increase in benefits after reporting an increase in a deductible expense but subsequently fails to verify that increase in deductible expense.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2005-0035
FSP – Income Exclusion for Benefits Paid to Children of Vietnam Veterans with Certain Birth Defects

It has recently come to our attention that under Public Laws 104-204 and 106-419, benefits paid by the Veterans Administration to the children of Vietnam veterans born with congenital spina bifida and certain other birth defects are excludable as income for food stamp purposes.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2005-0034
Questions & Answers on Evacuees

This guidance applies to the Expanded Disaster Evacuee Policy (Sept. 2, 2005, as modified on Sept. 14, 2005).

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2005-0033
The National Enhanced Policy for Evacuees

This version replaces the guidance published on Sept. 9, 2005. We have clarified that the policy is applicable to evacuees that apply either in September or October 2005, and to households that move within the state. Concurrently, we have revised the Expanded Disaster Evacuee Policy to allow that policy to apply through Oct. 31, 2005.