Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2009-0081
SNAP - Excluding the Special $25 Weekly Unemployment Compensation Payment - Questions and Answers

This memorandum transmits the first set of Questions and Answers that the Program Development Division has received about excluding the special weekly $25 Unemployment Compensation payments.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2009-0046
Verification Requirements and State Options

The following chart clarifies what verification requirements are mandatory at initial certification and describes the program flexibility within those requirements that may help reduce workload. The chart also lists the state options that may apply to each item of eligibility that could have workload impact.

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-2006-0008
Updated Poverty Income Guidelines

The US Department of Health and Human services published its annual update of poverty income guidelines in the Federal Register of January 24, 2006. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2005-0005
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005, PL 108-447 Food Stamp Household Income Exclusion Provision

On December 8, 2004, the President signed The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005, Public Law 108-447. This law contains a provision which excludes from consideration as income in the Food Stamp Program additional pay received by military personnel as a result of deployment to a combat zone.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2009-0003
SNAP - Certification Policies to Support Workload Management

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is aware that state agencies are struggling to cope with mounting caseloads as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is responding to growing needs for food assistance. As state budgets become increasingly tight, few states are able to add staff to manage the greater demands. This memo is intended to review certification policies states may consider to support more efficient caseload management.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2009-0008
SNAP - Household's Review of Information in Automated Systems - (REVISED)

This memorandum is an updating of our policies when a state agency electronically records information from on-line electronic applications and interactive applications.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2009-0018
Clarifications of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Certification Provisions - Questions and Answers

Attached are questions and answers in response to issues raised by the states, through various discussions, concerning SNAP provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (PL 111-5), which was enacted on Feb. 17 , 2009.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2006-0045
Client Confidentiality and Group Interviews

Protecting the confidentiality of food stamp applicants and participants has been an important component of the Food Stamp Program (FSP) since its inception. While the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has been aware for some time that a number of state agencies have been making use of group interviews in order to simplify office operations, recently Regional Offices also have asked for guidance on various ways that group interviews might be conducted in their states. 

Resource | FAQs/Q&As | FNS-GD-1998-0002
Cumulative PRWORA Q&As on Food Stamp Fraud, Disqualifications, and Recipient Claims

This file contains answers to questions to provisions of PRWORA generally concerned with intentional program violation (fraud)-related disqualifications and food stamp recipient claims. Specifically, the sections of PRWORA covered by this file are: 809 (as related to calculating a claim); 813; 814; 820; 839; and 844.