Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2006-0018
WPM #2006-5: Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment-WIC Nutrition Assessment Policy

The VENA Guidance is intended to guide WIC state agencies in developing policies and procedures related to all aspects of nutrition assessment.

WIC 2006-5
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2006-0003
WPM #2006-4: Vendor Cost Containment Interim Rule

This policy memorandum supplements the guidance provided to state agencies on Jan. 4, 2006, regarding the significance of the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) issued on Dec. 29, 2005, by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, for the implementation of the WIC Vendor Cost Containment Interim Rule, published in the Federal Register on Nov. 29, 2005, at 70 FR 71708.

WIC 2006-4
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2006-0017
Vendor Cost Containment Interim Rule Clarification

WIC Policy Memo #2006-6. This policy memorandum updates the guidance provided in Final WIC Policy Memorandum #2006-4, dated January 11, 2006, regarding the implementation of the WIC Vendor Cost Containment Interim Rule, published in the Federal Register on November 29, 2005, at 70 FR 71708.

WIC 2006-6
Resource | Research | Food/Nutrient Analysis
WIC Food Packages: Time for a Change

This is a report of the National Academies' Institute of Medicine (Food and Nutrition Board), published here by permission. It is also available on the Institute of Medicine website. In response to many concerns about the WIC food packages, the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to conduct a review of the WIC food packages.

Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2004

The WIC Participant and Program Characteristics (PC2004) report summarizes demographic characteristics of WIC participants nationwide in April 2004, along with information on participant income and nutrition risk characteristics. A national estimate of breastfeeding initiation for WIC infants is included. The report also describes WIC members of migrant farm-worker families.

Resource | Research | Participation Rates
WIC Program Coverage: How Many Eligible Individuals Participated in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): 1994 to 2003?

Recently, the method used to calculate the number of individuals eligible for the WIC program was evaluated and an improved methodology was developed. These new, improved estimates provide better insight on the WIC program and should help improve the program in the future. The new estimates show that 13.5 million individuals were eligible for WIC and 7.7 million participated in WIC in 2003. This coverage rate of 57% is consistent with trends since 2000 and is similar to the coverage rate found in the Food Stamp Program.

Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
WIC Staffing Data Collection Project

The project, conducted by Burger, Carroll & Associates, Inc., is a component of ongoing Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) efforts to effectively develop administrative data collection on important issues in local level WIC staffing. This WIC Staffing Data Collection pilot project was prompted by a 2001 General Accounting Office (GAO) report that: cited a range of quality of services between local WIC agencies; expressed concern that local agencies may not be able to provide adequate services; and cited a need for improved professionalism and quality of service, as well as enhanced availability of professional staff to provide direct services. USDA determined that additional data are required to adequately respond to GAO’s concerns and other requests for information. The goal of this project was to aid FNS in identifying staffing items/questions that can successfully be answered by WIC local agencies. Both paper-and-pencil and electronic based administrative reporting instruments were developed and pilot tested in this project. Along with literature review and public and advisory panel comment, the project provides suggestions by twelve WIC local agencies that volunteered to pilot test the instruments. These agencies provided feedback on items/questions in order to maximize data quality and minimize respondent burden.

Resource | Research | Food/Nutrient Analysis
Analysis of WIC Food Package Prescriptions,1998-2002

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) assists low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children by providing nutrition education, health and social service referrals, and supplemental foods. Specific WIC foods and maximum quantities are defined by Federal regulations. However, State and local WIC agencies have flexibility to tailor food package prescriptions to address participants’ individual needs and preferences. The purpose of this report is to illustrate the types and amounts of foods being prescribed within the WIC Food Package for each category of participants. This report does not provide information on redemption of the food prescriptions, or on actual food consumption; at this time, comprehensive data are available only on food prescriptions.

Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: WIC Miscellaneous Provisions

This final rule amends a number of existing provisions in the WIC Program regulations to address issues raised by WIC State agencies, other members of the WIC community, and the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO). This final rule also incorporates recent legislation and certain longstanding program policies and State agency practices into the regulations. Further, the final rule also streamlines certain requirements in the regulations.

Resource | Proposed Rule
Proposed Rule: Revisions in the WIC Food Packages

This document makes corrections to a proposed rule document 06-6627 beginning on page 44784 in the issue of Monday, August 7, 2006.