Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2017-0066
Discontinuation of Interest Income Verification Waiver

FNS has recently been reviewing its SNAP waiver processes and procedures. This memo serves to notify SNAP state agencies that FNS is no longer approving new interest income verification waivers or extending existing waivers. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2017-0065
Revised Non-Merit System Personnel Guidance for Call Centers

Consistent with USDA's efforts to increase state flexibility within the bounds of the law, FNS is expanding allowable activities for states seeking to use non-merit system personnel in call centers. With FNS approval, states may now use non-merit personnel to provide basic case-specific information that is readily available in the system to a SNAP applicant or participant, such as application or case status, benefit issuance date, and status of submitted verifications. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2017-0063
Electronic Notice Waivers and Options

FNS has reexamined the SNAP electronic notice (e-notice) waiver, which allows states to provide designated notices to households through an online account on a secure website or portal instead of mailing paper notices to physical addresses. This memo serves to notify SNAP state agencies that sending e-notices and informing clients that they have a new notice via email is now a state option, provided that the state meets each of the conditions described in the memo.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
SNAP E&T Outcome Reporting Requirements Webinar

This webinar was hosted by FNS on August 23, 2017 to highlight some of the clarifications provided through the second round of Q&A’s released in May 2017, such as the suggested report template, national measures and component completion measures. In addition, the webinar featured speakers from the Department of Labor, Office of Unemployment Insurance who spoke on the allowable use of employment and wage information from the Unemployment Insurance system.

Resource | Technical Assistance
SNAP Employment and Training Letters
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2017-0060
SNAP - Issues with Certification Materials Submission Instructions

This memo discusses SNAP applications and other documents being sent by clients to the USDA Office of Civil Rights instead of the appropriate state SNAP office. The memo outlines best practices states can use to make submission instructions clearer for clients.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2017-0056
2017 SNAP Disaster Evacuee Policy for Hurricane Harvey Disaster Area Evacuees

FNS is issuing this policy to provide states with flexibility to serve Hurricane Harvey evacuees. States may choose to either serve evacuees through expedited SNAP rules or through the simplified program rules in the Evacuee Policy, as described in this memorandum. When applying the Evacuee Policy, states must use the criteria detailed in this memorandum for determining eligibility, household composition, verification, benefit allotments, and duplicate participation. This memorandum also outlines the reporting and Quality Control processes for cases processed under the Evacuee Policy.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2017-0050
Q&As regarding Military Combat Pay

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is issuing this memorandum in fulfillment of the commitment made in the preamble of the SNAP: Eligibility, Certification, and Employment and Training Provisions of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 final rule to provide additional guidance for state agencies on how to carry out the exclusion of certain military combat-related pay from income for purposes of SNAP eligibility determinations.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2017-0048
2014 Farm Bill: Cooperation with Program Research and Evaluation

The Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill), Public Law 113-79, clarifies requirements for participation in evaluations and research in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance on the implementation of this provision.