The U.S. Department of Agriculture (the Department) is issuing this notice of proposed rulemaking to improve the Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) quality control (QC) system as required in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill). The proposed changes are intended to strengthen and improve the integrity and accuracy of the SNAP QC system and to better align SNAP with requirements in the Payment Integrity Information Act of 2019 (PIIA). These changes include a significant adjustment to the SNAP QC system that involves changes to federal and state agency sampling processes, as well as changes to the active case review process. Quality control case sampling and review processes are key aspects of the system used to annually assess SNAP payment error rates. The Department requests comment on this rule's proposed provisions.
Request for Comments
The Food and Nutrition Service, USDA, invites interested persons to submit written comments on this proposed rule. Written comments must be received on or before Nov. 20, 2023 to ensure their consideration.
Comments may be submitted in writing by one of the following methods:
- Federal eRulemaking portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
- Mail: Send comments to John M., Branch Chief, Quality Control Branch, Program Accountability and Administration Division; Food and Nutrition Service; 1320 Braddock Place, 5th Floor; Alexandria, Virginia 22314.
- Email: Send comments to SNAPQCReform@usda.gov. Include Docket ID Number FNS–2020–0016, “Provisions to Improve the SNAP QC System” in the subject line of the message.
All written comments submitted in response to this proposed rule 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 http://www.regulations.gov.