Food Stamp Program: Employment and Training Program Provisions of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002

Last Published: 08/25/2017

This rulemaking proposes to amend Food Stamp Program (FSP) regulations to implement Food Stamp Employment and Training (E&T) Program provisions of section 4121 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (the Farm Bill). The Department proposes to establish a reasonable formula to allocate 100 percent Federal funds authorized under the Farm Bill to carry out the E&T Program each fiscal year (FY). The Department further proposes to implement the Farm Bill provisions that make available up to $20 million a year in additional unmatched Federal E&T funds for State agencies that commit to offer an education/training or workfare opportunity to every applicant and recipient who is an able-bodied adult without dependents (ABAWD) limited to 3 months of food stamp eligibility in a 36-month period (3- month time limit) and who would otherwise be terminated; and to eliminate the current Federal cost-sharing cap of $25 per month on the amount State agencies may reimburse E&T participants for work expenses other than dependent care. This rulemaking also proposes to implement Farm Bill provisions that expand State flexibility in E&T Program spending by repealing the requirements that State agencies earmark 80 percent of their annual 100 percent Federal E&T grants to serve ABAWDs; they meet or exceed their FY 1996 State administrative spending levels to access funds made available by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (the Balanced Budget Act); and the Secretary be given the authority to establish maximum reimbursement costs of E&T Program components.

Proposed Rule
Publication Date: 
Friday, March 19, 2004
Comment Period End Date: 
Tuesday, May 18, 2004