Resource | Policy Memos
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
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
SNAP Fiscal Year 2018 Cost of Living Adjustments

This memorandum provides the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA) to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) maximum allotments, income eligibility standards, and deductions. Under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 COLAs are effective as of October 1, 2017.

Resource | Policy Memos
SNAP Fiscal Year 2017 Cost of Living Adjustments

This memorandum provides the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Cost-of-Living-Adjustments (COLA) to SNAP maximum allotments, income eligibility standards, and deductions.  COLAs are effective as of October 1, 2016.

Resource | Policy Memos
SNAP FY 2016 Cost of Living Adjustments

This memorandum provides the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA) to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) maximum allotments, income eligibility standards, and deductions. Under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended, COLAs are effective as of Oct. 1, 2015.

Resource | Policy Memos
SNAP Fiscal Year 2015 Cost-of-Living-Adjustments (COLAs)

This memorandum provides the fiscal year (FY) 2015 Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA) to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) maximum allotments, income eligibility standards, and deductions. Under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, COLAs are effective as of Oct. 1, 2014.

Resource | Policy Memos
SNAP- Fiscal Year 2014 Cost-of-Living Adjustments and ARRA Sunset Impacts on Maximum Allotments for Alaska and Hawaii

SNAP-Fiscal Year 2014 Cost-of-Living Adjustments and ARRA Sunset Impacts on Maximum Allotments for Alaska and Hawaii

Resource | Policy Memos
SNAP - Clarification - Issuance of Benefits When Household Is Ineligible in the Initial Month of Application

It has come to our attention that some State agencies are not in compliance with the requirement to issue a household's initial month of benefits within 30 days of the date of application. A survey of a number of States indicates that many State agencies handle initial issuances differently for those households that are determined ineligible for benefits in the month of application (e.g., the household is over income) but eligible for benefits in the subsequent month.

Resource | Policy Memos
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - Revised Allotments for Hawaii for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is adjusting the State of Hawaii's maximum and minimum Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program allotments for fiscal year (FY) 2013, due to recent updates in the State's Thrifty Food Plan (TFP).

Resource | Policy Memos
SNAP - Payments to Certain Filipino World War II Veterans - Exclusion from Income and Resources

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 created the "Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation Fund" for certain veterans and the spouses of veterans who served in the military of the Government of the Commonwealth of the Philippines during World War II. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will exclude these payments from income and resources when determining eligibility and allotments, and for all other purposes.