Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0187
Implementation of WIC and WIC FMNP Waiver Extension Provisions in the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act

This policy memorandum provides further guidance on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children programmatic waivers as authorized under the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act (PL 116-159), in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

WIC Policy Memo #2021-1
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WIC - Vendor Preauthorization Visits

FNS is removing the requirement for onsite preauthorization visits and allowing these visits to be done onsite after the public health emergency and applicable state and local social distancing orders are lifted.

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WIC - Remote Benefit Issuance Waiver

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act  gives FNS the authority to grant waivers to states that remove barriers for remote issuance of WIC benefits, such that participants do not have to come into the clinic to pick up WIC EBT cards and/or paper coupons. This ensures participants can continue to receive nutrition assistance while minimizing potential exposure.   

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WIC - Benefit Issuance 4 Month Offline

FNS is allowing WIC agencies to issue up to four months of WIC benefits on EBT cards at one time for those State agencies with offline systems. 

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Vendor Annual Routine Monitoring Waiver

FNS is waiving minimum requirement  for routine vendor monitoring requirements.

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WIC- Transaction without Presence of Cashier

FNS working with state agencies to find new ways to allow WIC transactions. 

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WIC - Non-Retail 2-Month Issuance

FNS is allowing those state agencies using a home delivery and/or direct distribution systems to issue two months of exempt infant formula at one time. 

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WIC - Minimum Stock Waiver

Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, FNS can approve certain requests from states to waive minimum stock requirements for WIC-authorized stores facing stocking issues due to COVID-19. 

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WIC - Separation of Duties

FNS is allowing single employees to determine eligibility for all certification criteria and issuing food instruments, cash-value vouchers, or supplemental food for the same participant at WIC agencies to promote social distancing at time of certification. 

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Vendor Annual Compliance Investigation Waiver

FNS is waiving the  minimum requirement for state agency vendor compliance investigations.