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Information Collection: SNAP Applications, Periodic Reporting and Notices

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Summary

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on this proposed information collection. This collection is a revision of the currently approved collection for the applications, periodic reporting, and notices burden calculations for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Dates & Addresses

Written comments must be received on or before Nov. 13, 2023.

Comments may be sent to:

  • Certification Policy Branch, Program Development Division Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1320 Braddock Place, 5th Floor, Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Submitted via fax to the attention of the Certification Policy Branch at 703–305–2022 or via email to SNAPCPBRules@usda.gov
  • Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to https://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for submitting comments electronically.

Abstract

Following federal requirements, state agencies are responsible for determining the eligibility of SNAP households 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 individuals or households 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.

Additionally, state agencies are limited in the use or disclosure of information obtained from SNAP application forms or contained in case files of participating SNAP households to certain persons, specifically those directly connected with: the administration of SNAP; the administration of other federal or federally assisted means-tested programs; the verification of immigration status of aliens; the Office of the Comptroller General of the U.S. for audit and examination authorized by any other provisions of law; local, state, or federal law enforcement for the purpose of investigating an alleged violation of the Act or SNAP regulations; local, state, or federal law enforcement for the purpose of investigating if a household member is a fleeing felon or a parole violator; and agencies of the federal government for the purposes of collecting the amount of an over issuance from federal pay.

Page updated: November 22, 2023