Resource | Regulations
Waivers of Rules

Welcome to the new SNAP Certification Policy Waiver Database. This waiver database was designed to help users find the information they need quickly in a friendly format. SNAP regulations provide that waivers may be approved under certain conditions, including when approval of a waiver would result in a more effective and efficient administration of the program. 

Resource | Policy Memos | SP 15-2018, CACFP 12-2018, SFSP 05-2018
Child Nutrition Program Waiver Request Guidance and Protocol- Revised

This memorandum revises the current USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) process for state agencies and eligible service providers[1] seeking a waiver of statutory or regulatory program requirements for the child nutrition programs (CNPs), including the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP), the Special Milk Program (SMP) (SMP), and the School Breakfast Program (SBP). This memorandum supersedes SP 27-2017, CACFP 12-2017, SFSP 08-2017, Child Nutrition Program Waiver Request Guidance and Protocol, dated April 26, 2017.

Resource | Comment Request
Comment Request - SNAP Waivers Under Section 6(o) of the Food and Nutrition Act

The purpose of Section 6(o) of the Food and Nutrition Act is to establish a time limit of the receipt of benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for certain able-bodied adults who are not working.

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 - SNAP Operating Guidelines, Forms and Waivers

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on this information collection. This is a revision of a currently approved collection. This information collection package consists of five components of State agency reporting and/or recordkeeping: a budget projection statement, a program activity report, State plans of operation updates, waiver requests and other plans and submissions such as advance planning documents for information systems and for electronic benefit transfer (EBT) systems.

Resource | Policy Memos
Expiration of Statewide ABAWD Time Limit Waivers

Section 6(o) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 limits able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWD) eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to 3 months in any 36-month period, unless the individual meets the ABAWD work requirement or is otherwise exempt. The law also provides that States may qualify to temporarily waive the 3-month time limit in areas with high unemployment or depressed labor markets.

Resource | Policy Memos
Waiver Process Update - Additional Guidance on Indefinite Waivers

On March 20, 2014, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) issued the Waiver Process Update memorandum which revised existing waiver procedures and guidance to eliminate indefinite waiver approvals and minimize inconsistencies in approval requirements for similar waivers. This memo provides additional guidance to State agencies interested in submitting renewal requests for the indefinite waivers expiring April 30, 2015.

Resource | Policy Memos
SNAP Guidance for State Agencies on Novel Waivers

In recent years, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has approved several innovative waiver requests that have afforded States new flexibility in administering the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Because these waivers are relatively new, untested, and complex, FNS categorizes them as "novel" waivers. While novel waivers were developed as a result of multiple factors, most are related to and driven by States' efforts to modernize and mitigate the increased administrative strain caused by the rapid caseload growth that followed the recent economic downturn.

Resource | Policy Memos
Early Denial Waiver Memo

FNS has recently undertaken a review of its waiver processes and the effectiveness of its approved waivers. Specifically, FNS has recently reviewed the "Early Denial" waiver, also known as "10-Day Denial" waiver, which waives Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) regulations at 7 CFR 273.2(g)(3) and 7 CFR 273.2(h)(2).

Resource | Policy Memos
Waiver Process Update

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is issuing this memorandum to update current waiver procedures and revise previous guidance contained in the Sept. 14, 2004, memo, "Revised Waiver Processing Instructions." FNS is enhancing administrative waiver procedures to streamline current processes and eliminate inconsistencies in approval requirements for similar waivers.