Resource | Policy Memos
FY14 State Reporting of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits Funding in Connection With A-133 Single Audits

This memorandum provides guidance on reporting expenditures of SNAP funds in order to comply with reporting requirements of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-133 and OMB guidance implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Our Oct. 31, 2013 subject memorandum pertained to A-133 audits of Fiscal Year 2013. This memorandum updates that document by providing parallel information on Fiscal Year 2014 audits.

Resource | Policy Memos
Performance Bonus (Section 4021) Questions and Answers - Agricultural Act of 2014

Attached are questions and answers pertaining to Section 4021 of the Agricultural Act of 2014. The questions cover the use of performance bonus money for Farmers' Markets bonus bucks and the use of bonus money for contractor fees.

Resource | Research | Payment Accuracy and Program Integrity
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP): Assessment of Sponsor Tiering Determinations – 2013

This 2013 assessment of the family daycare homes (FDCHs) component of CACFP provides a national estimate of the share of the roughly 123,000 participating FDCHs that are approved for an incorrect level of per meal reimbursement, or reimbursement "tier" for their circumstances.

Resource | Policy Memos
Quality Control Tolerance Level - FY 2015

The Agricultural Act of 2014 (the Act) at Section 4019 set the Quality Control (QC) Tolerance Level for excluding small errors at up to $37 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. FNS set the tolerance at $37 for FY 2014. In addition, the Act requires FNS to adjust the tolerance level for future years by the percentage by which the Thrifty Food Plan (TFP) is adjusted under Section 3(u)(4) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008.

Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
Regional Office Review of Applications ( RORA) for School Meals 2013

The study generates national estimates of administrative error in eligibility determinations and benefit issuance for free or reduced-price school meals.  For school year (SY) 2012-2013, local education agencies (LEAs) correctly certified 96.4 percent of students who applied for meal benefits.  LEAs assigned the correct free, reduced-price, or paid status to a slightly smaller 96.2 percent of students.  Roughly three quarters of certification and benefit issuance error resulted in a higher benefit level than was justified based on the data presented on household applications; about one quarter of LEA administrative error resulted in a lower benefit level than justified.  Certification and benefit issuance error increased slightly from SY 2011-2012 to SY 2012-2013, but the changes were not statistically significant.  Over the nine years of this report series, certification error has ranged between 2.0 and 3.9 percent; benefit issuance error has ranged between 3.0 and 4.6 percent.

Resource | Research | Promoting Healthy Eating
Approaches for Promoting Healthy Food Purchases by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participants

This study developed innovative approaches to using nutrition labeling systems to incentivize healthy food choices by SNAP participants in retail settings. The approaches consider opportunities for using Front of Package and shelf labeling systems across all food categories and retail settings.

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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

Resource | Policy Memos
Quality Control Errors and the Establishment of Claims - Clarification

This memorandum addresses recent questions about our April 15, 2014, memorandum relating to quality control errors and the establishment of claims against Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households.

Resource | Policy Memos
Questions and Answers Concerning Section 4013 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 - National Directory of New Hires

Questions and Answers Concerning Section 4013 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 - National Directory of New Hires