Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0127
Temporary Suspension of Claims Collections Guidance

FNS will allow state agencies to suspend SNAP regulations at 7 CFR 273.18(d) by allowing flexibility in the time frame for establishing or disposing of new claims as well as SNAP regulations at 7 CFR 273.18(e)(1) and (e)(5) by not requiring collection of active recoupment of SNAP overpayments, delaying collection on newly established overpayments, and not considering any payments delayed due to this suspension to be delinquent.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0093
SNAP COVID-19 Emergency Allotments Guidance

USDA has issued guidance to states in implementing Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, which provides for the issuance of emergency allotments (supplements) based on a public health emergency declaration by the Secretary of Health and Human Services under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act related to an outbreak of COVID-19 when a state has also issued an emergency or disaster declaration.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0076
SNAP – Questions and Answers on Quality Control Waiver

The Food and Nutrition Service is issuing the attached set of questions and answers to address inquiries received about the implementation of the April 30, 2020, waiver of March, April and May 2020 SNAP QC reviews. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0062
SNAP - Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents Percentage Exemption Totals for Fiscal Year 2020

This memorandum adjusts the total number of exemptions available to each state for FY 2020, as shown in the table on the next page. Please note that the totals do not account for any exemption usage in FY 2020 (those figures must be reported in final by states on the Form FNS-583, due 45-days after the end of the fiscal year).

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0061
Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents Final Rule Injunction

As a result of the preliminary injunction of the final rule’s provisions related to waivers, states are not currently required to meet those waiver standards in order to implement a waiver of the time limit. Instead, while the injunction is in place, the previous waiver criteria published in the Jan. 17, 2001, final rule, Food Stamp Program: Personal Responsibility Provisions of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, will be used as the basis for any waiver approvals.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0126
SNAP - Waive Fair Hearing Timelines Guidance

As authorized by SNAP regulations at 7 CFR 272.3(c)(1)(i), FNS will allow state agencies flexibility in the time frames for fair hearings in SNAP regulations at 7 CFR 273.15(c) and (j)(2).

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0035
SNAP – COVID-19 Questions and Answers #1

This is the first set of questions and answers for SNAP state agencies in response to questions received about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and flexibilities available for program administration during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0007
Revised Guidance for Use of Vendor/Private Staff in Call Centers: 2020 Update

Building on best practices to date and consistent with USDA’s efforts to improve customer service and increase state flexibility within the bounds of the law, while continuing to encourage states as laboratories of innovation, FNS is once again expanding allowable activities for states seeking to use vendor/private staff in call centers

Resource | Legislation
Food and Nutrition Act of 2008

FOOD AND NUTRITION ACT OF 2008 
[Public Law 88–525; Enacted Aug. 31, 1964; 78 Stat. 703] 
[As Amended Through P.L. 116–94, Enacted December 20, 2019]

P.L. 88-525
Resource | Legislation
Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018

Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 
[Public Law 115–334] 
[As Amended Through P.L. 116–94, Enacted December 20, 2019] 

AN ACT To provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2023, and for other purposes. 

P.L. 116-94