Resource | Notices
Assessment of the Collection, Analysis, Validation, and Reporting of SNAP Employment and Training Data

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on this proposed information collection. This collection is a new collection for the assessment of the collection, analysis, validation, and reporting of SNAP E&T data collected by states.

Resource | Notices
Information Collection: Waiver Requests To Offer Incentives to SNAP Recipients at Authorized Stores

This is an existing collection in use without an OMB Control Number in which we are seeking approval to establish a process for SNAP  retailers to request a waiver from the FNS to offer SNAP recipients incentives that encourage them to purchase healthier foods.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0118
EBT - Separation of Duties

This memo clarifies the requirement regarding the separation of issuance functions and when state agencies may implement exceptions.

SNAP 2020-02
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0134
Retailer Eligibility - Prepared Foods and Heated Foods

This memorandum defines heated foods, hot foods, and cold prepared foods in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) retailer eligibility determinations. Only staple food products are counted toward a firm’s eligibility to participate in SNAP. Heated foods, hot foods, and cold prepared foods are not considered staple foods, and are not counted when determining if a firm meets Criterion A or Criterion B to be eligible to participate in SNAP as an authorized retail food store.

SNAP 2020-06
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0119
Retailer Eligibility - Firms Colocated with a Restaurant

This memorandum clarifies policy related to implementation of the final rule, "Enhancing Retailer Standards in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)," which amended the definition of "retail food store," in SNAP regulations, at 7 CFR § 271.2, to say that, when multiple firms operating at the same location meet certain elements, FNS will consider them a single firm when determining eligibility for SNAP authorization.

SNAP 2020-08
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0120
Retailer Eligibility - Application of 6 Month Waiting Period

This memorandum clarifies the use of the 6 month waiting period for failing to meet SNAP eligibility requirements under Criterion A or B of program regulations. Section 9(c) of the Food and Nutrition Act and section 278.1(k) of program regulations require firms failing to meet eligibility requirements under Criterion A or B wait a minimum of 6 months before reapplying for SNAP authorization.

SNAP 2020-09
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0121
Retailer Eligibility - Social Security Number (SSN)

SNAP regulations at 7 CFR 278.1(b)(5) provide that the FNS must collect certain taxpayer identification numbers of retailers who apply to participate in SNAP. Acceptable taxpayer identification numbers include both a Social Security Number (SSN) and any Employer Identification Number (EIN) assigned to the firm by the Internal Revenue Service.

SNAP 2020-11
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0122
Compliance - Business Integrity

Section 9 of the Food and Nutrition Act provides the Secretary with the authority to consider the business integrity and reputation of retailers who apply or are currently authorized to redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits when determining the retailers’ qualifications to participate in SNAP.

SNAP 2020-12
Resource | Notices
Comment Request - SNAP Store Applications (Forms FNS-252, FNS-252-C, FNS-252-E, FNS-252-FE, FNS-252-R and FNS-252-2)

This notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on the proposed collection. This is a revision of a currently approved collection in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and concerns Retail Store Applications (Forms FNS-252; FNS-252-C, FNS-252-E; FNS-252-FE; FNS-252-R and FNS-252-2).

Resource | Final Rule
Taking Administrative Actions Pending Freedom of Information Act Processing

This final rule amends the SNAP regulations to ensure that retail food stores can no longer use the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) process to delay FNS' administrative actions to sanction a retail food store for SNAP violations. Under this rule, FNS will process FOIA requests and FOIA appeals separately from the administrative action for all SNAP violations, as originally proposed. The processing of FOIA requests and appeals during the administrative and judicial review process will have no impact on when the agency can take administrative action.