Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0103
Quality Control Procedural Clarifications and Federal Access to State Systems

In order to ensure efficient and effective program delivery, this memorandum clarifies existing statutory, regulatory and policy guidance regarding the documentation required for a QC case file, second party reviews, state quality control requests for policy interpretations, and requirements for federal access to state systems.

SNAP 17-01
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0102
Quality Control Procedural Clarifications and Federal Access to State Systems

The Quality Control (QC) system is an integral component of FNS’s responsibility to effectively administer the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to ensure families receive critical nutrition assistance while practicing strong public stewardship. It is crucial that the QC processes at the state and federal level report statistically valid results that are fully substantiated by documentation in the case file.

QC Policy Memo 17-01
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0101
Clarification on Characteristics of Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility Programs Memo

FNS is issuing this memorandum in an effort to clarify the characteristics of BBCE programs and the actions states must take to ensure compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.

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-2016-0079
SNAP Clarification of Eligibility of Fleeing Felons Final Rule Questions and Answers March 2016

Since the Sept. 10, 2015 (80 FR 54410) publication of the final rule, Clarification of Eligibility of Fleeing Felons, FNS received several questions regarding its implementation. FNS released a Q&A in response to those questions on March 8, 2016. Since that time, FNS has received additional questions and therefore, issued this second Q&A to address them.

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-2016-0054
SNAP Fiscal Year 2017 Cost of Living Adjustments

This memorandum provides the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Cost-of-Living-Adjustments (COLA) to SNAP maximum allotments, income eligibility standards, and deductions.  COLAs are effective as of October 1, 2016.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0050
SNAP E and T Outcome Reporting Interim Final Rule Questions and Answers Part I

The attached questions and answers provide additional policy clarification responding to state agency questions concerning the interim final rule titled Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training Program Monitoring, Oversight and Reporting Measures published in the Federal Register on March 24, 2016.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0048
SNAP Quarterly Wage Reporting Project

FNS offered state agencies the opportunity to test whether using Quarterly Wage Report data was sufficiently accurate to verify and project earned income in certain SNAP cases. Two state agencies, Texas and Utah, agreed to participate and run projects that ran through 2014 and 2015.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0043
New Threshold for State Submittal of CAPER Corrective Action Center Drive Plans

The SNAP quality control (QC) system measures the accuracy of State eligibility and benefit determinations. In fiscal year (FY) 2012, QC's measurement of errors in cases that were denied, terminated and suspended was renamed from the negative error rate to the case and procedural error rate (CAPER). The name change was accompanied by a new review process that takes into account customer service aspects of negative actions, such as timeliness and correctness of the notice, in addition to the accuracy of the determination.