Resource | Policy Memos
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP): Income Guidelines for 2020

This memorandum transmits the 2020 Income Guidelines (IGs) for state agencies and ITOs in determining the eligibility of individuals applying to participate in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. 

Resource | Policy Memos
Identity Authentication Pilot Projects – Conversion to State Option

Federal law requires state agencies to verify a SNAP applicant's identity and other critical information prior to certifying the household to participate in SNAP. In general, SNAP state agencies verify identity based on documentary evidence, such as a driver's license, obtained through the applicant or a third party. However, over the last 6 years, the FNS has conditionally permitted several state agencies to establish and conduct Identity Authentication Pilot projects. As a result of the projects' success in providing an innovative way for SNAP state agencies to provide maximum flexibility to utilize technology in streamlining program administration, FNS is now providing all state agencies the option to use Identity Authentication in verifying applicant identity.

Resource | Policy Memos
Information from Third Party Payroll Sources

This memorandum clarifies the use of third party payroll sources, such as The Work Number, for SNAP certification policy and Quality Control (QC) purposes. The first two sections of this memorandum apply to certification · policy and the section titled Quality Control Considerations provides details on how to treat verification from a third party payroll source for QC reviews.

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-046
FDPIR - Student Financial Assistance (Revised)

The purpose of this memorandum is to clarify which student financial assistance programs are excluded as income for the purposes of determining eligibility under FDPIR. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-135
Revised Policy on Certification Periods for Zero Income Households

This memorandum provides revised policy guidance on certification periods pertaining to zero income households in FDPIR. FNS Handbook 501 provides that households who report zero income month after month must be asked as to how they sustain themselves and other household members. The information provided by the household must be documented in the case file. Per prior policy, households reporting zero income were generally assigned a one- to two- month certification period.

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-132
Questions and Answers Related to the FDPIR: Income Deductions and Resource Eligibility Final Rule

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide questions and answers to help Indian Tribal Organizations and state agencies implement provisions of the final rule: Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations: Income Deductions & Resource Eligibility (78 FR 52827).

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-120
Criteria for Determining Household Income Eligibility for TEFAP Foods Intended for Home Consumption

This memorandum is being released on the direction of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 (P.L. 112-255), Conference Report 112-284. This policy memo clarifies the TEFAP regulations at 7 CFR Part 251.5(b).  

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-116
Claims Resolution Act of 2010 - Payments Received via the Cobell Settlement

FD-116: Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), Food Distribution Program in Indian Reservations (FDPIR), and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-101
Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation Fund Payments

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (PL 111-5) created the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation Fund for certain veterans, or surviving spouses of veterans, who served in the military of the Government of the Commonwealth of the Philippines during World War II. Section 1002(c) of PL 111-5 directs the Secretary of Veteran Affairs to provide one time payments of up to $15,000 to eligible individuals.

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-096
Simultaneous Participation in CSFP and other Nutrition Assistance Programs administered by FNS

Per CSFP regulations at 7 CFR 247.19, participants are prohibited from receiving CSFP benefits and WIC benefits at the same time. However, there is no prohibition against simultaneous participation in CSFP and other FNS programs including but not limited to SNAP, TEFAP, and the SFMNP, provided the eligibility requirements for these programs are met.