Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2006-0050
Waivers of 7 CFR 273.10(f)(4) – Shortening Certification Periods

This is to advise you that we are revising conditions associated with waivers of 7 CFR 273.10(f)(4) which would allow state agencies to shorten the certification periods of food stamp households

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2006-0049
Face-to-Face Interview Waiver Criteria

This is to advise you that we are expanding our criteria for the approval of waivers of the face-to-face interview at both initial and recertification. We also wish to note that since state agencies already may waive the face-to-face interview on an individual case basis based on a finding of hardship, we are now categorizing these waivers as waivers of the requirement that state agencies document hardship prior to utilizing alternatives to the face-to-face interview.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2006-0048
Q&A – Implementation of New Racial/Ethnic Data Collection

Attached is a Q&A fact sheet that answers questions and provides further guidance on the new racial/ethnic data collection and the new FNS-101 reporting. The July 31, 2006, memorandum offers further policy guidance on this regulation.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2006-0045
Client Confidentiality and Group Interviews

Protecting the confidentiality of food stamp applicants and participants has been an important component of the Food Stamp Program since its inception. While FNS has been aware for some time that a number of state agencies have been making use of group interviews in order to simplify office operations, recently regional pffices also have asked for guidance on various ways that group interviews might be conducted in their states. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2006-0039
FSP - Implementation of New Racial/Ethnic Data Collection

On May 18, 2006, FNS published the attached final rule entitled, "Civil Rights Data Collection" in the Federal Register. The final rule implements the new racial and ethnic data collection and reporting for the Food Stamp Program to comply with the l 997 data collection standards issued by the Office of Management and Budget.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2006-0029
FSP – 2-Year ABAWD Waivers – Using the Same Area for Multiple Waivers

This is a follow-up of our memorandum of Feb. 3, 2006, authorizing 2-year waivers of the work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents. Since we issued the original memorandum, we have received several requests in which state agencies have requested waivers under which they proposed to include the same jurisdiction in waivers covering two different approval periods.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2006-0010
FSP – 2-Year Approval of Waivers of the Work Requirements for ABAWDs under 7 CFR 273.24

At the request of the state agencies, SNAP offered a two-year ABAWD waiver under limited circumstances.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2006-0008
Updated Poverty Income Guidelines

The US Department of Health and Human services published its annual update of poverty income guidelines in the Federal Register of Jan. 24, 2006.