Resource | Policy Memos | SP33-2019
Updated Local Agency Procurement Review Tool for School Food Authorities for SY 2019-2020

This memorandum provides information on the updated template Local Agency Procurement Review Tool for state agencies to use, modify, or develop in school year (SY) 2019-2020. While the concepts of the original tool remain the same, the updated tool is now streamlined to reduce burden, consolidate questions, clarify instructions, and improve functionality for school food authorities (SFAs) and state agencies.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP32-2019
Buy American and the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018

This memorandum addresses information in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 regarding the Buy American requirements in the national school meal programs. The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (Section 12(n), 42 USC 1760(n)), requires school food authorities to purchase, to the maximum extent practicable, domestic commodities or products. This provision supports the mission of the child nutrition programs, which is to serve children nutritious meals and support American agriculture. 

Resource | Policy Memos | SP20 CACFP07 SFSP06-2019
Federal Micro-Purchase and Simplified Acquisition Thresholds

This memorandum, SP20 CACFP07 SFSP06-2019, notifies all child nutrition program state agencies and program operators of guidance the Food and Nutrition Service received from the Office of Management and Budget, OMB M-18-18, authorizing increases to the value of the micro-purchase and simplified acquisition thresholds. The changes apply to all child nutrition programs and implement an approval process for certain state agencies and program operators that want to request micro-purchase thresholds higher than $10,000.

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-144, SP 04-2018, SFSP 01-2018, CACFP 04-2018
Market Basket Analysis when Procuring Program Goods and Modifying Contracted-For Product Lists

This memorandum provides guidance to state distributing agencies and recipient agencies on the use of market basket analysis in procuring processed end products for USDA Foods in Schools and commercial goods for the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Summer Food Service Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program. 

Resource | Policy Memos | SP05 CACFP03 SFSP02-2017
Q&A: Purchasing Goods and Services Using Cooperative Agreements, Agents, and Third-Party Services

This memorandum provides general guidance on the various procurement groups FNS has identified, how to use each group in a way that complies with federal procurement standards, and supersedes SP 35-2012, Procuring Services of Purchasing Cooperatives, Group Purchasing Organizations, Group Buying Organizations, etc., dated June 12, 2012.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP12 CACFP05 SFSP09-2016
Guidance on Competitive Procurement Standards for Program Operators

Recent communications between the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and state agency program staff during procurement trainings and management evaluations conducted in fiscal year 2014-2015 indicated a need for guidance on competitive procurement standards. This page lists where to find the standards.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP03 CACFP03 SFSP03-2016
Procurement Standards and Resource Management Requirements related to Franchise Agreements

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is aware that school food authorities and program operators may be operating the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), and other child nutrition programs (CNP), in a way that includes offering reimbursable meals and non-program foods (a la carte sales, catering, adult meals, etc.) using foods from popular franchise restaurants through a franchise agreement.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP02 CACFP02 SFSP02-2016
Questions and Answers on the Transition to and Implementation of 2 CFR Part 200

FNS has received many questions related to implementation of 2 CFR Part 200 and understands that changes to financial and procurement systems are costly and require time to develop and implement. Therefore, FNS will work with state agencies during this transition period and will seek to answer questions and provide guidance as needed. 

Resource | Policy Memos | SP01 CACFP01 SFSP01-2016
Procuring Local Meat, Poultry, Game, and Eggs for Child Nutrition Programs

Recently, FNS has received a number of questions related to buying local meat, poultry, game, and eggs; this memorandum seeks to clarify the regulatory requirements related to food safety and answer specific questions related to these products with a series of questions and answers.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP30 CACFP16 SFSP18-2015
Office of Management and Budget Super-Circular 2CFR Part 200

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published the Super-Circular at 78 FR 78590 on December 26, 2013 for USDA and other federal grant-making agencies. Section 200.10(a) requires Federal agencies to implement the policies and procedures set out in the Super-Circular by promulgating regulations effective December 26, 2014. USDA published such regulations at 2 CFR Parts 400, 415, 416, et al. (79 FR 75981, December 19, 2014).