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SNAP - Excluding the Special $25 Weekly Unemployment Compensation Payment - Questions and Answers

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DATE: Dec. 1, 2009
SUBJECT: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - Excluding the Special $25 Weekly Unemployment Compensation Payment - Questions and Answers
TO: All Regional Directors
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

This memorandum transmits the first set of Questions and Answers that the Program Development Division has received about excluding the special weekly $25 Unemployment Compensation payments.

On Nov. 19, 2009, the Program Development Division issued a memorandum to inform you that SNAP must exclude the $25 weekly Unemployment Compensation Payments that states make under Section 2002 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). That memorandum and these questions and answers supersede the policy that appears in the memorandum dated March 18, 2009, Additional Questions and Answers, Question and Answer 2.

Your offices have sent questions and comments about this new policy; we appreciate the hard work that the regional offices and state SNAP agencies are doing to implement this policy as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

SNAP Quality Control's review procedures for this exclusion will appear in a forthcoming memorandum from the Program Accountability and Administration Division.

Attached are the first questions and answers. If you receive others, please send them to the Program Design Branch and the Certification Policy Branch, so that we may include them in a later set.

Arthur T. Foley
Program Development Division

Page updated: April 05, 2023

The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.