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 is a revision of a currently approved collection and existing burden in use without a valid OMB control number in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This information collection is for the Performance Reporting System and management evaluation processes, which ensure that SNAP state agencies are operating the program in accordance with statute and regulations. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and SNAP state agencies use this information to evaluate state agency operations and to collect information necessary to develop solutions to improve the state's administration of SNAP policy and procedures.
The purpose of the Performance Reporting System (PRS) is to ensure that each state agency and project area is operating the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in accordance with the requirements of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (the Act) (7 USC 2011, et seq.), as amended, and corresponding program regulations. Under Section 11 of the Act, all 53 SNAP state agencies must maintain records to ascertain that the program is operating in compliance with the Act and regulations by conducting state management evaluations in each of their project areas as outlined in 7 CFR 275.5. Management evaluations (MEs) are reviews that state agencies complete at local SNAP offices to monitor program access, program integrity, and operations. States must make these records available to the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for inspection and audit. To conduct federal oversight of state operations, FNS regional offices also conduct federal management evaluations of state agencies in all 53 SNAP states in accordance with 7 CFR 275.3(a) and (b).