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United States Citizenship and Immigration Service restated its longstanding policy regarding Public Charge

Letters to various Directors of Human Services with attached Public Charge fact sheet.

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State Enforcement of the Legal Responsibilities of Sponsors of Non-Citizens

This memorandum provides guidance to states regarding the repayment of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits from the sponsors of non-citizens who participate in the program. States are encouraged to request reimbursement if a sponsored non-citizen receives SNAP benefits and clarification is provided on the steps for requesting repayment.  States are also reminded of their obligation to comply with the requirements for counting sponsor income. 

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Identity Authentication Pilot Projects – Conversion to State Option

Federal law requires State agencies to verify a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (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 Food and Nutrition Service (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.

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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.

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State Flexibilities Related to Custodial and Noncustodial Parents' Cooperation with State Child Support Agencies

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is issuing this memorandum to alert all Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) state agencies.of the available state options and requirements related to child support cooperation, as a condition of eligibility for SNAP.

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Clarification on Characteristics of Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility Programs Memo

FNS is issuing this memorandum in an effort to clarify the characteristics of BBCE programs and the actions States must take to ensure compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.

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Q&A regarding Military Combat Pay

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is issuing this memorandum in fulfilment of the commitment made in the preamble of the SNAP: Eligibility, Certification, and Employment and Training Provisions of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 final rule to provide additional guidance for State agencies on how to carry out the exclusion of certain military combat-related pay from income for purposes of SNAP eligibility determinations.

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Clarification of State Options for Determining Fleeing Felon Status for SNAP

FNS is issuing this policy memo to clarify state options and requirements relating to the determination of fleeing felon status under Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) regulations at 7 CFR 273.11(n).  State agencies must choose between two tests to establish fleeing felon status: either the four-part test or the alternative (Martinez) test.

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SNAP: Changes to the Martinez Fleeing Felon Test after the Barry v. Lyon Decision

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) regulations at 7 CFR 273.11(n) require State agencies to choose between two tests to establish fleeing felon status: the four-part test and the alternative test, often called the Martinez test. This policy memo of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) clarifies changes in the Martinez test necessitated by the Walter Barry, et al. v. Nick Lyon decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

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Delay of Effective Date for Interim Final Rule SNAP: Eligibility, Certification, and Employment and Training Provisions of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008

FNS is putting a stay on the effective date of the interim final provisions in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Eligibility, Certification, and Employment and Training Provisions of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 final rule. The effective date will be delayed for 120 days to Oc. 5, 2017.