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Comment Request - Federal Claims Collection Methods for SNAP Recipient Claims

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In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this Notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on proposed information collections. This revision of an existing collection announces the intent of the Food and Nutrition Service to revise and continue the requirements associated with initiating and conducting federal collection actions against households with delinquent Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipient debts.

  • Title: Federal Claims Collection Methods for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Recipient Claims.
  • OMB Number: 0584-0446.
  • Form Number: None.
  • Expiration Date: Sept. 30, 2019.
  • Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.

Abstract: Section 13(b) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended (7 USC 2022(b)), and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) regulations at 7 CFR 273.18 require state agencies to refer delinquent debtors for SNAP benefit over-issuance to the U.S. Department of the Treasury for collection. The Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 (PL 104-134), as amended by the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (PL 113-101), requires these debts to be referred to Treasury for collection when they are 120 days or more delinquent. Through the Treasury Offset Program (TOP), 31 CFR part 285, payments such as federal income tax refunds, federal salaries and other federal payments payable to these delinquent debtors will be offset and the amount applied to the delinquent debt. TOP places a burden on states agencies and/or former SNAP recipients who owe delinquent debts in three areas:

  1. 60-day notices from state agencies to debtors that their debt will be referred to TOP;
  2. state-level submissions; and
  3. automated data processing (ADP). Below, the burden narrative and chart depicts the burden estimates by these three areas and affected public.
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