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SNAP FY 2020 State Management Evaluation Target Areas

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DATE: July 11, 2019
SUBJECT: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Fiscal Year 2020 State Management Evaluation Target Areas
TO: State SNAP Directors All Regions
Fiscal Year 2020 State SNAP Management Evaluation Target Areas

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is targeting the areas of program operation listed in the table below for state SNAP Agency Management Evaluations (ME) for the upcoming Fiscal Year (FY). State SNAP agencies (states) are required to conduct MEs for the target areas in the upcoming FY, as per 7 CFR 275.8.

State Target Area: Applies to:
Quality Control (QC) Statistical Review All states
Employment and Training (E&T) Program All states operating mandatory E&T programs
Tracking Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWDs) All states with statewide ABAWD waivers as of July 1, 2019 (AK, DC, GU, LA, NM, and VI)
Household Reporting Requirements All states


FY 2020 At-Risk Areas

States are expected to review the other areas of program operation on an at-risk basis. In determining risk, states should take into consideration the time elapsed since an area has been reviewed, deficiencies identified at that time, and any recent changes to the area. For FY 2020, FNS advises states to pay special attention to the areas listed below in considering risk and conducting MEs:

  • Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Administrative Terminal System Security
  • Recipient Claims Management/Treasury Offset Program (TOP)
  • Recipient Integrity
  • SNAP Ed
  • E&T Programs with Budgets of $15 Million or More
  • ABAWDs
Scheduling Requirements

States shall conduct a review once every year for large project areas, once every 2 years for medium project areas, and once every 3 years for small project areas, unless an alternate schedule is approved by FNS, as per 275.5(b).

States are generally required to develop and submit their ME review schedule for the upcoming FY to their FNS regional office by Aug. 1, as per 7 CFR 275.20. However, due to the delay in releasing this memo, states will be given until Aug. 9, 2019, to submit their FY 2020 review schedules to their FNS regional office. States may submit a schedule that covers a 3-year review cycle and provide updates to FNS annually. When conducting reviews, states are encouraged to use FNS review guides provided by your FNS regional office.

We appreciate your efforts to monitor and uphold your state’s compliance with SNAP requirements, and look forward to working with you and your staff in the coming year. If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact your FNS regional office.

Jessica Shahin
Associate Administrator
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program


Page updated: January 19, 2022

The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.