Resource | Policy Memos
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.

Resource | Policy Memos
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.