Resource | Interim Final Rule
Interim Final Rule: CACFP Improving Management and Program Integrity

The changes in this interim rule are primarily designed to improve Program operations and monitoring at the State and institution levels and, where possible, to streamline and simplify Program requirements for State agencies and institutions.

Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
Evaluation of the National School Lunch Program Application/Verification Pilot Projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sponsored the NSLP Application/Verification Pilot Projects to test ways to improve the process for certifying students for free or reduced-price meals. This report presents findings on the impacts of two alternatives to the current application-based certification process - Up-Front Documentation and Graduated Verification - that were tested in 12 public school districts over a three-year period.

Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
Case Study of National School Lunch Program Verification Outcomes in Large Metropolitan School Districts

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) provide federal financial assistance and commodities to schools serving lunches and breakfasts that meet required nutrition standards. Under the NSLP and the SBP, millions of American students receive a free or reduced-price lunch and/or breakfast every school day. Concern has grown recently that many students who participate in the program may in fact be ineligible for the benefits they receive. School Food Authorities (SFAs) that operate the NSLP must verify the eligibility of a small sample of approved applications by requiring documentation of income or receipt of food stamps or cash assistance. The verification process is designed to identify and deter errors in each district. However, the system does not provide data on the accuracy of benefit determination nationwide. This report presents the results of a case study of verification in 21 large metropolitan SFAs around the country. The study examined outcomes of the verification process and made an independent assessment of income eligibility of households with specific verification outcomes using data from in-person interviews with families.

Resource | Policy Memos
Questions and Answers Related to the Guidance on Medicare-approved Drug Discount Card

Questions and Answers Related to the Guidance on Medicare-approved Drug Discount Card

Resource | Policy Memos
Fraud Policy: 7 CFR 273.16

This memorandum is to reiterate and clarify current policy governing intentional Program violations (IPV) as set forth at 7 CFR 273.16 of the Food Stamp Program (FSP) regulations.

Resource | Policy Memos
FSP - Head of Household as Individual Responsible for Intentional Program Violations (IPV)

Head of Household as Individual Responsible for Intentional Program Violations (IPV)