Resource | Policy Memos | 16-02
Integrity of the SNAP Quality Control System

This memorandum is intended to clarify existing regulatory and policy guidance to ensure awareness of our shared responsibility to preserve the integrity of SNAP's quality control system, based on findings from recent FNS reviews of State quality control operations. Furthermore, this memorandum establishes new procedures regarding the use of third party consultants to ensure that activities performed under contract are allowable SNAP administrative expenses.

Resource | Policy Memos | 17-01
Quality Control Procedural Clarifications and Federal Access to State Systems

In order to ensure efficient and effective Program delivery, this memorandum clarifies existing statutory, regulatory and policy guidance regarding the documentation required for a QC case file, second party reviews, State quality control requests for policy interpretations, and requirements for Federal access to State systems.

Resource | Comment Request
Comment Request - Study of Non-Response to the School Meals Application Verification Process

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) provide subsidized lunches and breakfasts to millions of students each school day. Students are certified eligible to receive free or reduced-price (F/RP) meals through application or direct certification. When eligibility is determined using an application process, school districts must annually verify eligibility of children from a sample of household applications for that school year, unless the State agency assumes responsibility for verification.

Resource | Policy Memos | 2017-2
State Agency Compliance with Split Tender Implementation Requirements

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide State agencies operating the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) with information regarding compliance with split tender transactions. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-076
Categorical Eligibility

This memorandum provides clarification regarding households determined to be categorically eligible for FDPIR in accordance with provisions at sections 4300-4320 of Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Handbook 501.

Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: SNAP Promotion

This final rule implements Section 4018 of the Agricultural Act of 2014. Section 4018 created new limitations on the use of Federal funds authorized in the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended (FNA), for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) promotion and outreach activities. Specifically, Section 4018 of the 2014 Farm Bill prohibits the use of Federal funds appropriated in the FNA from being used for: recruitment activities designed to persuade an individual to apply for SNAP benefits; television, radio, or billboard advertisements that are designed to promote SNAP benefits and enrollment; or agreements with foreign governments designed to promote SNAP benefits and enrollment.

Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: Enhancing Retailer Standards in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The final rule, titled “Enhancing Retailer Standards in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),” made several changes to requirements for stores that want to accept SNAP benefits as a form of payment. These changes support healthy lifestyles for SNAP recipients while maintaining recipients’ access to food. 

Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: SNAP Photo Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Card Implementation Requirements

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is updating the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or "Program'') regulations to set implementation parameters, prerequisites and operational standards required of State agencies that intend to implement the photo Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card option provided under Section 7(h)(9) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 ("the Act'').