Resource | Policy Memos | 2018-06
Retailer Sanctions – Debarment of Disqualified Firms

This policy memorandum provides guidance regarding the criteria for initiating government-wide debarment actions against retail firms that have been disqualified from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This memorandum also addresses what actions FNS should take if an authorized or applying retail firm or any of its owners are found to have been debarred from non-procurement programs and activities by another federal agency in accordance with the Office of Management and Budget guidelines as found in 2 CFR Parts 180 and 417.

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Retailer Eligibility-Accessory Foods in Store Eligibility Determinations

This memorandum clarifies policy related to implementation of the final rule, “Enhancing Retailer Standards in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,” which amended the definition of “staple food” in SNAP regulations, at 7 CFR § 271.2. Specifically, this memorandum clarifies foods considered “accessory foods,” which do not count as staple foods for purposes of determining the eligibility of any firm.

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SNAP Questions and Answers Concerning the Trafficking Controls and Fraud Investigations Final Rule

SNAP Questions and Answers Concerning the Trafficking Controls and Fraud Investigations Final Rule

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SNAP and ACA Q&A Parts I & II Memo

The attached questions and answers are intended to address State agency concerns about the effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is releasing this memorandum as formal guidance for use by FNS Regional Offices, State agencies, and community partners.

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SNAP – Updated Federal Trafficking Definition

In February, 2013, FNS published final regulations revising the definition of trafficking. It subsequently came to our attention that some states were not clear that upon its effective date, federal law takes precedence and states were expected to implement the new federal trafficking definition.

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Letter to Mr. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook Inc.

Sale or offer to sell SNAP benefits on Facebook.

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Letter to Mr. John Donahoe, CEO, eBay Inc.

This letter is to follow-up on conversations the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of General Counsel had with your legal team in 2010, in which we requested that eBay post a notice regarding the illegality of selling Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits on its website and/or that SNAP benefits be added to its prohibited items list.

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Letter to Mr. Buckmaster, CEO, Craiglist

This letter is to follow-up on our earlier correspondence, dated August 17, 2011, in which we requested that Craigslist post a notice regarding the illegality of selling Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits on its website and/or that SNAP benefits be added to its prohibited items list.

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Letter to Mr. Dick Costolo, CEO, Twitter Inc.

Request for assistance on the sale or offer to sell of SNAP benefits in public and online.

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Letters to Governors

Strengthening SNAP integrity, rooting out waste, fraud and abuse so that federal dollars are used appropriately.