Implementation of WIC-Related Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Provisions of PL 111-296
WIC Policy Memo #2011-3
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (the Act), PL 111-296, includes several provisions related to Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (42 U.S.C. 1786 et. seq.)(WIC).
The Act was signed into law by President Obama on Dec. 13, 2010. The EBT provisions of the Act include: 1) a definition of EBT; 2) a mandate that all State agencies implement EBT systems by October 1, 2020; 3) a requirement for State agencies to submit annual EBT Status Reports on their progress toward EBT implementation; 4) revisions to current provisions that prohibit imposition of costs on retail vendors; 5) a requirement for the Secretary of Agriculture to establish minimum lane equipage standards; 6) a requirement for the Secretary of Agriculture to establish technical standards and operating rules; and 7) a requirement that State agencies use the National Universal Product Code (NUPC) database.
The provisions in this memorandum will be incorporated into the WIC Program regulations through future rulemaking.