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Information Collection: SNAP Forms - Applications, Periodic Reporting and Notices

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The information collection addresses the burden estimates associated with applications, which are designed at the state level; periodic reporting; and notices sent to SNAP participants or applicants (Individuals/Households). Following federal requirements, state agencies are responsible for determining the eligibility of SNAP applicant individuals or the entire household, and issuing benefits to those households entitled to benefits under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (the Act), as amended.

State agencies obtain demographics such as: names, social security numbers, and date of births of all household members; addresses; and individual or household income information from households through the initial application and recertification processes as well as through various reports to determine program eligibility and benefit levels. SNAP notices sent to individual or household addresses are the primary method state agencies communicate with SNAP applicants and current participants.

This information must be collected from households to ensure that they are eligible for the program and that they receive the correct amount of SNAP benefits. The federal procedures for implementing the application and certification procedures in the Act are in Parts 271, 272, and 273 of the Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Part 271 contains general information and definitions, Part 272 contains requirements for participating state agencies, and Part 273 contains procedures for the certification of eligible households.

In the process of renewing this information collection with changes, FNS modified the burden of some of its reporting and recordkeeping requirements to reflect current SNAP caseload levels and to better account for the complexity of certain activities applicable to state agencies, local agencies, and individuals/households. In addition, FNS included burden for a set of existing requirements applicable to state agencies and individuals/households that were not delineated in previous burden tables.

The burden for this set of requirements, listed below, was combined with the burden of the requirements in the current approval and thus, represent an increase in total annual responses and total annual burden hours for 53 state agencies, 2,724 local agencies and 19,699,000 individuals/households.

1. Failure to Report Shelter Costs Change Due to Move Notice 
2. Report of ABAWDs Change in Work Hours below 20 Hours per Week
3. Notice of Option to Disqualify Custodial Parent for Failure to Cooperate
4. Notice of Match Results
5. Notice of Subject to Work Requirements
6. Referral to Employment & Training and Notice of Requirements
7. Notice of Required Verification
8. Fleeing Felon and Probation or Parole Violators Determination
9. Mass Change in Federal Benefits
10. Change Report Form
11. Notice of Eligibility, Denial, or Pending Status
12. Notice of Missing or Incomplete Report
13. Notice of Expiration

Page updated: June 16, 2021