Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
Scanner Capability Assessment of SNAP-Authorized Small Retailers

This study provides current information on adoption of scanning technology among small SNAP-authorized retailers to assess readiness for meeting the Farm Bill requirement, barriers and benefits to adopting scanning technologies, and costs for nonadopting retailers to comply with this requirement.

Resource | Policy Memos
Identity Authentication Pilot Projects – Conversion to State Option

Federal law requires State agencies to verify a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applicant's identity and other critical information prior to · certifying the household to participate in SNAP. In general, SNAP State agencies verify identity based on documentary evidence, such as a driver's license, obtained through the applicant or a third party. However, over the last 6 years, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has conditionally permitted several State agencies to establish and conduct Identity Authentication Pilot projects. As a result of the projects' success in providing an innovative way for SNAP State agencies to provide maximum flexibility to utilize technology in streamlining program administration, FNS is now providing all State agencies the option to use Identity Authentication in verifying applicant identity.

Resource | Policy Memos
Information from Third Party Payroll Sources

This memorandum clarifies the use of third party payroll sources, such as The Work Number, for SNAP certification policy and Quality Control (QC) purposes. The first two sections of this memorandum apply to certification · policy and the section titled Quality Control Considerations provides details on how to treat verification from a third party payroll source for QC reviews.

Resource | Policy Memos
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Cash Payment Pilot Projects (SNAP Pilot Projects) and Work Supplementation or Support Programs (SNAP Work Programs) Benefits

This memorandum clarifies how SNAP benefits should be treated in determining eligibility for CSFP and TEFAP when the benefits are provided through SNAP Pilot Projects or SNAP Work Programs.

Resource | Notice
Field Guidance on Deportability and Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds

The Department of Justice  is publishing a proposed rule in this issue of the Federal Register which proposes to establish clear standards governing a determination that an alien is inadmissible or ineligible to adjust status, or has become deportable, on public charge grounds. Before the proposed rule becomes final, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (Service) is publishing its field guidance on public charge issues as an attachment to this notice. This is necessary to help alleviate public confusion over the meaning of the term ‘‘public charge’’ in immigration law and its relationship to the receipt of Federal, State, and local public benefits. This field guidance will also provide aliens with better guidance as to the types of public benefits that will and will not be considered in public charge determinations