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Final Rule: Implementation Memo for Lottery and Gambling Winners

On April 15, 2019, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published the final rule for The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Student Eligibility, Convicted Felons, Lottery and Gambling, and State Verification Provisions of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (84 FR 15083). Enclosed is a summary of the rule’s lottery and gambling provisions, which implement Section 4009 of the Agricultural Act of 2014. FNS may issue additional guidance, as needed, regarding the other provisions of this final rule.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP20 CACFP07 SFSP06-2019
Federal Micro-Purchase and Simplified Acquisition Thresholds

This memorandum, SP20 CACFP07 SFSP06-2019, notifies all child nutrition program state agencies and program operators of guidance the Food and Nutrition Service received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), OMB M-18-18, authorizing increases to the value of the micro-purchase and simplified acquisition thresholds. The changes apply to all child nutrition programs and implement an approval process for certain state agencies and program operators that want to request micro-purchase thresholds higher than $10,000.

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National and State Target Memos

The purpose of this memo is to transmit national target areas and procedures for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Management Evaluations (MEs) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) National Office (NO), in collaboration with FNS Regional Offices (ROs), has identified 3 national target areas and 8 at-risk program areas where resources should be directed for FY 2019.

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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. 

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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.

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State Agency Requirements for Required and Missing Verification for Regular Initial Applications

FNS is issuing this policy memo in response to inquiries about how state agencies are required to inform households about required and missing verification and how this interacts with other Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) requirements, including whether a state may close a case on the 30th day following application. This memorandum describes how state agencies should inform households about required and missing verification at the time of initial application. Please note this memo only applies to initial applications that are subject to the regular 30-day processing requirements, not those eligible for expedited service.

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Major Changes Reporting Memo, Templates and Graphic