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SNAP Provisions of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 - Information Memorandum

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DATE: March 7, 2019
SUBJECT: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Provisions of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 - Information Memorandum
TO: Regional Administrators
Food and Nutrition Service
All Regions

On Dec. 20, 2018, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) was reauthorized as part of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the Act) [PL 115-334]. Attached is an information memorandum describing SNAP provisions and effective dates. Regulations reflecting revisions to SNAP made by the Act will be published as soon as possible. Please forward the attached memorandum to your state commissioners.

Please keep us advised of any challenges faced by states in implementing these changes. If you have questions, please reach out to the Director listed below as the contact for that Section of the Act.

Number Title Contact
Section 4001 Requirements for online acceptance of benefits Andrea Gold
Section 4002 Re-evaluation of the thrifty food plan Lizbeth Silbermann
Section 4006 Improvements to electronic benefit transfer system Andrea Gold
Section 4007 Review of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program operations Andrea Gold
Section 4008 Retail incentives Andrea Gold
Section 4009 Required Action on data match information Lizbeth Silbermann
Section 4010 Incentivizing technology modernization Lizbeth Silbermann
Section 4011 Interstate data matching to prevent multiple issuance Ronald Ward
Section 4012 Requirement of live-production environments for certain pilot projects relating to cost sharing for projects relating to cost sharing for computerization Karen Painter-Jaquess
Section 4013 Quality control improvements Ronald Ward
Section 4014 Evaluation of child support enforcement cooperation requirements Lizbeth Silbermann
Section 4015 Longitudinal data for research Ronald Ward /
Karen Painter-Jaquess
Section 4019 Nutrition education Ronald Ward
Section 4020 Retail food store and recipient trafficking Andrea Gold /
Ronald Ward
Section 4021 Public-private partnerships Lizbeth Silbermann
Section 4205 Gus Schumacher nutrition incentive program USDA NIFA /
Andrea Gold
Section 4208 Healthy fluid milk incentives Andrea Gold

Jessica Shahin
Associate Administrator
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program


Page updated: January 20, 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.