Resource | Presentations
Letters to Congressional Committees on HIP

Annual reports to Congress describing the status and results of each HIP pilot from 2009-2012

Resource | Policy Memos
SNAP - Handling Multiple Applications Submitted by the Same Household

As more state agencies are able to offer households the option of applying for SNAP benefits online, the occurrence of households filing multiple electronic applications has become a more visible issue. FNS has been asked: must a state agency process each application submitted by a household in the application month, or may the state agency automatically deny the additional applications that follow the initial application submission? The following clarification applies to multiple applications filed in any form during the initial month of application, whether paper or electronic.

Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: FSP CFR Correction

The final rule entitled Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC): Vendor Cost Containment was published on October 8, 2009. The Office of Management and Budget cleared the associated information collection requirements (ICR) on November 2, 2009. This document announces approval of the ICR.

Resource | Technical Assistance
Healthy Incentives Pilot Evaluation

This is a summary of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the evaluation of HIP.

Resource | Research | Participation Rates
Understanding the Determinants of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participation

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has a strong interest in understanding why some eligible households choose to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and some do not. In addition to improving outreach approaches, an understanding of the circumstances and factors that contribute to an eligible household’s decision to participate in the program will inform the methodology for developing appropriate comparison groups for assessing SNAP outcomes. Because of ethical and legal considerations, FNS cannot examine the effect of participation in SNAP on outcomes such as food security
through experimental studies that would require withholding benefits from those eligible. Therefore, this study was conducted to identify whether regression modeling of extant data could yield adequate comparison groups to assess SNAP outcomes.

Resource | Policy Memos
SNAP - 120-Day Quality Control (QC) Variance Exclusion for Section 8 of the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009

On November 19,2009, the Program Development Division issued guidance on how to implement Section 8 of that act requiring State agencies to exclude the $25 a week increased unemployment compensation payments from all calculation of resources and income.

Resource | Policy Memos
Categorical Eligibility Questions and Answers

Attached are questions and answers from November 20, 2009,  December 15, 2009 and January 26, 2010 on the implementation of categorical eligibility and the reporting requirements for categorically eligible households. These questions are in response to inquiries from the States.

Resource | Policy Memos
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Excluding $25 Unemployment Compensation Payments from Income and Resources

A recently enacted law changes the treatment of the $25 supplemental weekly Unemployment Compensation payment authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2OO9 (ARRA) authorized.

Resource | Policy Memos
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) ; Applications' Statements about Unreported and Unverified Expenses

This memorandum applies only to State agencies that include the following (or similar) wording on a SNAP application: "Failure to report or verify any of the above listed expenses will be seen as a statement by your household that you do not want to receive a deduction for the unreported expense."

Resource | Policy Memos
Updated Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Pandemic Influenza Planning Information

This memorandum transmits updates to our influenza pandemic strategy as they apply to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).