Resource | Policy Memos
Discontinuation of Interest Income Verification Waiver

FNS has recently been reviewing its SNAP waiver processes and procedures. This memo serves to notify SNAP state agencies that FNS is no longer approving new interest income verification waivers or extending existing waivers. 

Resource | Policy Memos
Revised Non-Merit System Personnel Guidance for Call Centers

Consistent with USDA's efforts to increase state flexibility within the bounds of the law, FNS is expanding allowable activities for states seeking to use non-merit system personnel in call centers. With FNS approval, states may now use non-merit personnel to provide basic case-specific information that is readily available in the system to a SNAP applicant or participant, such as application or case status, benefit issuance date, and status of submitted verifications. 

Resource | Policy Memos
Electronic Notice Waivers and Options

FNS has reexamined the SNAP electronic notice (e-notice) waiver, which allows states to provide designated notices to households through an online account on a secure website or portal instead of mailing paper notices to physical addresses. This memo serves to notify SNAP state agencies that sending e-notices and informing clients that they have a new notice via email is now a state option, provided that the state meets each of the conditions described in the memo.

Resource | Comment Request
Comment Request: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Pre-Screening Tool

This notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on this proposed information collection. This is a revision of a currently approved collection for a web-based pre-screening tool used by the general public to determine potential eligibility for SNAP benefits.

Resource | Notices
SNAP: Eligibility, Certification, and Employment and Training Provisions of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008; Approval of Information Collection Request

This document announces approval of an information collection requirement regarding the final rule titled Eligibility, Certification, and Employment and Training Provisions of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008.

Resource | Policy Memos
SNAP - Issues with Certification Materials Submission Instructions

This memo discusses SNAP applications and other documents being sent by clients to the USDA Office of Civil Rights instead of the appropriate state SNAP office. The memo outlines best practices states can use to make submission instructions clearer for clients.

Resource | Regulations
PART 285—SNAP Provision of a Nutrition Assistance Grant for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

This part describes the general terms and conditions under which grant funds shall be provided by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to the government of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for the purpose of designing and conducting a nutrition assistance program for needy persons. The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is authorized to establish eligibility and benefit levels for the nutrition assistance program. In addition, with FNS approval, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico may employ a small proportion of the grant funds to finance projects that the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico believes likely to improve or stimulate agriculture, food production, and food distribution.

Resource | Regulations
PART 282—SNAP Demonstration, Research, and Evaluation Projects

Section 17 of the Act authorizes the Secretary to conduct demonstration, research, and evaluation projects. 

Resource | Regulations
PART 283—SNAP Appeals of Quality Control (QC) Claims

The terms as defined in the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended, 7 U.S.C. 2011-2032, and in the regulations, standards, instructions or orders issued, shall apply with equal force and effect.

Resource | Regulations
PART 277—SNAP Payments of Certain Administrative Costs of State Agencies

This part establishes uniform requirements for the management of administrative funds provided to state agencies and sets forth principles for claiming costs of activities paid with administrative funds under SNAP, and the Food Distribution Program and SNAP on Indian Reservations.