|DATE:||October 21, 2011|
|SUBJECT:||SNAP - Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Allocations of New 15 Percent Exemptions for Able Bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWDs) - Not Adjusted for Carryover|
|TO:||All Regional Directors|
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
The Food and Nutrition Act restricts the amount of time that able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) may participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to 3 months in a 36-month period, unless the ABAWD meets certain work requirements or is exempted by the state. SNAP regulations at 7 CFR 273.24(g) provide each sate agency with an annual allocation of exemptions from the work requirements of 7 CFR 273.24 for ABAWDs. This memorandum provides each SNAP state agency with the number of new 15 percent (ABAWD) exemptions available to them for fiscal year (FY) 2012 as well as any adjustments to their FY 2011 amounts due to a state experiencing a 10 percent or greater increases in their FY 2011 participation rate. Many state agencies did not earn any ABAWD exemptions in FY 2012 because they had statewide waivers for FY 2011.
Please advise your state agencies of the number of new 15 percent exemptions that are available to them for FY 2012 as provided herein. We will be sending out another memorandum in early 2012 with the total exemptions, adjusted for carryover, once we have received the final FY 2011 Employment and Training Employment Activity (FNS-583) reports from all states.
Program Development Division