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PART 276—SNAP State Agency Liabilities and Federal Sanctions

State agencies shall be responsible for establishing and maintaining secure control over coupons and cash for which the regulations designate them accountable. Except as otherwise provided in these regulations, any shortages or losses of coupons and cash shall strictly be a state agency liability and the state agency shall pay to FNS, upon demand, the amount of the lost or stolen coupons or cash, regardless of the circumstances.

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PART 275—SNAP Performance Reporting System

Under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, each State agency is responsible for the administration of SNAP in accordance with the Act, Regulations, and the State agency's plan of operation. To fulfill the requirements of the Act, each state agency shall have a system for monitoring and improving its administration of the program. 

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PART 274—SNAP Issuance and Use of Program Benefits

 State agencies shall establish issuance and accountability systems which ensure that only certified eligible households receive benefits; that program benefits are timely distributed in the correct amounts; and that benefit issuance and reconciliation activities are properly conducted and accurately reported to FNS.

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PART 273—SNAP Certification of Eligible Households

Household concept: A household is composed of one of the following individuals or groups of individuals, unless otherwise specified in paragraph (b) of this section.

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PART 272—SNAP Requirements for Participating State Agencies

The coupon allotment provided any eligible household shall not be considered income or resources for any purpose under any federal, state, or local laws including, but not limited to, laws on taxation, welfare, and public assistance programs. No participating state or political subdivision shall decrease any assistance otherwise provided an individual or individuals because of the receipt of a coupon allotment.

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PART 271—SNAP General Information and Definitions

SNAP is designed to promote the general welfare and to safeguard the health and well being of the nation's population by raising the levels of nutrition among low-income households.

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Standard Utility Allowances

States annually update Standard Utility Allowances (SUAs) to reflect changes in utility costs. When determining a household’s eligibility, States consider a household’s total shelter costs, including the cost of utilities. Since actual utility costs are often hard to determine, States can use a SUA, which is the average cost of utilities in the State or local area.   Different States may use different terms to describe these allowances.

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PART 285—SNAP Provision of a Nutrition Assistance Grant for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

This part describes the general terms and conditions under which grant funds shall be provided by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to the government of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for the purpose of designing and conducting a nutrition assistance program for needy persons. The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is authorized to establish eligibility and benefit levels for the nutrition assistance program. In addition, with FNS approval, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico may employ a small proportion of the grant funds to finance projects that the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico believes likely to improve or stimulate agriculture, food production, and food distribution.

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PART 282—SNAP Demonstration, Research, and Evaluation Projects

Section 17 of the Act authorizes the Secretary to conduct demonstration, research, and evaluation projects. 

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PART 283—SNAP Appeals of Quality Control (QC) Claims

The terms as defined in the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended, 7 U.S.C. 2011-2032, and in the regulations, standards, instructions or orders issued, shall apply with equal force and effect.