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Proposed Rule - SNAP Program Purpose and Work Requirement Provisions of the 2023 FRA

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Proposed Rule
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The comment period for the proposed rule, published April 30, 2024, is extended. To be assured of consideration, comments on this proposed rule must be received by the Food and Nutrition Service on or before June 14, 2024.


This proposed rule would amend the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) regulations to incorporate three provisions of the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 by adding to the program purpose language assisting low-income adults in obtaining employment and increasing their earnings; updating and defining the exceptions from the able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWD) time limit; and adjusting the number of discretionary exemptions available to state agencies each year. This proposed rule would also amend the regulations to clarify procedures for how and when state agencies must screen for exceptions to the time limit and clarify the verification requirements.

Request for Comments

Written comments must be received on or before June 14, 2024 to be assured of consideration.

The Food and Nutrition Service, USDA, invites interested persons to submit written comments on this proposed rule. Comments may be submitted in writing by one of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking portal: Go to Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. 
  • Mail: Send comments to Food and Nutrition Service, P.O. Box 9233, Reston, Virginia 20195. Email: Phone: (703) 305-2022.
  • Website: Go to Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
  • E-Mail: Send comments to Include Docket ID Number [FNS-2023-0058], “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Program Purpose and Work Requirement Provisions of the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023” in the subject line of the message.

All written comments submitted in response to this proposed rule and regulatory impact analysis will be included in the record and will be made available to the public. Please be advised that the substance of the comments and the identity of the individuals or entities submitting the comments will be subject to public disclosure. FNS will make the written comments publicly available on the internet via

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