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FY 2020 QC Tolerance Level and Update to FNS Handbook 310

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QC Policy Memo: 19-04
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DATE: August 29, 2019
MEMO CODE: QC Policy Memo: 19-04
SUBJECT: FY 2020 Quality Control (QC) Tolerance Level; 7 CFR 275.12(f)(2), and Update to FNS Handbook 310, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
TO: All SNAP State Agencies
All Regional SNAP Directors
Food and Nutrition Service

SNAP’s QC system uses a tolerance level to set the threshold for determining which errors are included in the national payment error rate calculation. For FY 2020, the tolerance threshold will remain at $37. For FY 2020, all state agencies shall use $37 as the QC tolerance level for excluding small errors. All errors, regardless of dollar amount, shall continue to be reported in accordance with existing policy.

Enclosed are page changes to the FNS Handbook 310 to include the FY 2020 QC tolerance level. Please replace the pages as indicated below.


Remove Pages Dated Insert Pages Dated
Cover October 2018 Thru QC
Cover - Policy Memo 19-02 
Cover October 2018 October 2018 Thru QC
- Policy Memo 19-04
A-1 10-18-18 A-1 08-29-19 

Please contact your regional office, if you have any questions regarding FY 2020 QC tolerance level.

Ronald K. Ward
Program Accountability and Administration Division





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.