Resource | Policy Memos
SNAP - Treatment of Household Members with Voided Puerto Rican Birth Certificates

On Dec. 22, 2009, Puerto Rico passed Law 191 of 2009 (S.8. 1182) that voids all Puerto Rican birth certificates issued prior to July 1, 2010. Current Puerto Rican birth certificates remain valid until the July I, 2010 effective date of the new law. As a result of this recent legislation, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has been asked to provide guidance to State agencies as to the treatment of voided Puerto Rican birth certificates for SNAP purposes.

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 | Direct Final Rule
Direct Final Rule: SNAP Issuance Regulation Update and Reorganization To Reflect the End of Coupon Issuance Systems

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is adopting as a final rule, without change, a direct final rule that made changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) regulations to account for the replacement of the paper coupon issuance system with the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system as the nationwide method of distributing benefits to program participants.

Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: SNAP Clarifications and Corrections to Recipient Claim Establishment and Collection Standards

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipient claims are established and collected against households that receive more benefits than they are entitled to receive. This rulemaking corrects and clarifies provisions of the final rule on recipient claims published at 65 FR 41752 on July 6, 2000.

Resource | Policy Memos
SNAP - Standard Utility Allowance (SUA) Annual Review and Adjustment Waiver for Certain States - Modification and Extension

Due to the impact on SNAP benefits resulting from continuing fluctuations in energy prices, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is modifying the Standard Utility Allowance (SUA) blanket waiver memorandum of October 14,2010 to allow certain states to extend fiscal year (FY) 2010 SUA amounts through March 31, 2011.

Resource | Policy Memos
SNAP - Extension of Standard Utility Allowance (SUA) Waiver for Certain States

Due to the impact on SNAP benefits resulting from drastically fluctuating energy prices, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is extending the one-time blanket SUA waiver for an additional 3 months to certain States that would otherwise be ineligible for the waiver in fiscal year (FY) 2011.

Resource | Policy Memos
SNAP - FY 2011 Target Areas for Management Evaluations (MEs)

Fiscal Year (FY) 201I Target Areas for Management Evaluations (MEs)

Resource | Policy Memos
Student Eligibility for the SNAP

This memo is in response to questions raised through Quality Control (QC) reviews related to student eligibility for SNAP benefits. Section 6(e) of the Food and Nutrition Act (the Act) of 2008 and Federal regulations at 7 CFR 273.5(a) prohibit students enrolled at least half-time in an institution of higher education from receiving SNAP benefits unless specific exemptions are met.

Resource | Policy Memos
SUA Annual Review and Adjustment Biennial Option

Attached is the USCIS policy on public charge.

Resource | Policy Memos
SNAP - Multi-Program Periodic Report Forms

Some State agencies have adopted a version of simplified reporting (SR) for other programs, such as Medicaid and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF), and are using multi-program report forms for the various programs, including SNAP. A question has been asked whether multi-program reporting forms that request information required by the other programs but not by SNAP are permitted under SNAP regulations.