Resource | Research, Analysis & Background
Allowable per Case-Month Exemptions by State

Chart of Allowable per Case-Month Exemptions by State

Resource | Proposed Rule
Proposed Rule: FSP High Performance Bonuses

This rulemaking proposes to amend Food Stamp Program (FSP) regulations to implement provisions of section 4120 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (FSRIA).

Resource | Research | Participation Characteristics
Characteristics of Food Stamp Households: Fiscal Year 2002

On average, 19.1 million people living in 8.2 million households received food stamps in the United States each month in FY 2002. Food stamp households are a diverse group. Because food stamps are available to most low-income households with few resources, regardless of age, disability status, or family structure, recipients represent a broad cross-section of the nation's poor. This report provides summary information about the demographic and economic circumstances of food stamp households. Annual quality control data used to produce this report can be found using the link below.

Resource | Interim Final Rule
Interim Rule: FSP Non-Discretionary Quality Control Provisions of Title IV of PL 107-171

This rule amends the Food Stamp Program regulations to implement certain provisions concerning the Quality Control system in sections 4118 and 4119 of the Food Stamp Reauthorization Act of 2002.

Resource | Research | Participation Characteristics
Tables Describing the Asset and Vehicle Holdings of Low-Income Households in 1999

The Food Stamp Program (FSP) uses an asset test (also called a resource test) to target food assistance benefits to the neediest households. This report is one of a series presenting the asset and vehicle holdings of low-income households.

Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: FSP Administrative Review Requirements-Food Retailers and Wholesalers

This action revises Food Stamp Program regulations affecting the administrative review process available to retail and wholesale firms participating in the Food Stamp Program.

Resource | Research | Payment Accuracy and Program Integrity
The Extent of Trafficking in The Food Stamp Program: 1999 - 2002

Food stamps are intended for food. When individuals sell their benefits for cash it violates the spirit and intent of the Food Stamp Program as well as the law. This practice, known as trafficking, diverts food stamp benefits away from their purpose. It reduces intended nutritional assistance and undermines public perceptions of the integrity and utility of the program. To combat trafficking, the Food and Nutrition Service conducts undercover investigations of authorized food stores. In addition, the agency has developed powerful new EBT-based administrative tools to identify and sanction traffickers.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Guide to To Assessing Food Stamp Application Forms

Using this guide, State personnel can conduct a step-by-step analysis of their forms to improve their form’s organization, wording, and directions.

Resource | Research | Participation Rates
Trends in the FSP Participation Rates: Focus on 1999 to 2001

This report is the latest in a series on trends in Food Stamp Program participation rates based on the March Current Population Survey. This report focuses on changes in rates from 1999 to 2001. Two sets of participation rates are presented: one for September and the other an average for each fiscal year (FY). The September participation rates provide a point-in-time estimate whereas the FY rates provide an average rate over the course of a year.

Resource | Forms
Guide to Assessing Food Stamp Application Forms

This Guide offers a specific starting point, a way of assessing your current form to identify aspects that need improvement.