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On-Line Food Stamp Program Applications

This policy encourages State to comply with the application and notice requirements on the paper forms that an applicant can download.

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Waivers of 7 CFR 273.10(f)(4) – Shortening Certification Periods

This is to advise you that we are revising conditions associated with waivers of 7 CFR 273.10(f)(4) which would allow State agencies to shorten the certification periods of food stamp households

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Face-to-Face Interview Waiver Criteria

This is to advise you that we are expanding our criteria for the approval of waivers of the face-to-face interview at both initial and recertification. We also wish to note that since State agencies already may waive the face-to-face interview on an individual case basis based on a finding of hardship, we are now categorizing these waivers as waivers of the requirement that State agencies document hardship prior to utilizing alternatives to the face-to-face interview.

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Treatment of gift cards for Food Stamp (FSP) purposes

FSP legislative and regulatory provisions do not, either directly or indirectly, address the treatment of gift cards for program purposes. While these rules can potentially be interpreted to count gift cards as a resource, we believe this would be inadvisable since attempts to verify the existence and value of the cards during the certification process would be extremely difficult, problematic and subject to error.

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Client Confidentiality and Group Interviews

Protecting the confidentiality of food stamp applicants and participants has been an important component of the Food Stamp Program (FSP) since its inception. While the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has been aware for some time that a number of state agencies have been making use of group interviews in order to simplify office operations, recently Regional Offices also have asked for guidance on various ways that group interviews might be conducted in their states. 

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Calculating the Program Access Index with the American Community Survey

The final regulation establishing Food Stamp High Performance Bonuses was published in the Federal Register on February 7, 2005. The regulation established the Program Access Index as one of the criteria – among others – on which States could qualify for a share of the funds made available for bonus awards.

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Estimating the Number of People in Poverty for the Program Access Index: The American Community Survey vs. the Current Population Survey

This paper presents a comparison of the two surveys as a source of data for the PAI calculation and illustrates the potential effects of moving to the ACS.

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Separate Household Status for Disabled Persons

Memo regarding a court suit filed in the State of Alabama on the the proper treatment of situations involving severely disabled persons who do not purchase and prepare their food with the individuals with whom they reside.

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Employment and Training - Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers package on financial issues related to the Employment and Training Program (E&T).

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Medicaid’s Required Documentation of Citizenship; Its Effect on the Food Stamp Program

As a result of the recently enacted Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 there is a requirement that a Medicaid client present documentary evidence of citizenship. This requirement will go into effect on July 1, 2006. The provision does not expand or restrict eligibility for Medicaid, but simply imposes the requirement that a Medicaid client present documentary evidence of citizenship. The provision affects only American citizenship; it does not affect the verification of alienage.