Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0086
2017 Edition of Questions and Answers for the National School Lunch Program’s Seamless Summer Option

This memorandum consolidates the recent policy changes in the NSLP,  SBP, and SFSP that affect the implementation of the Seamless Summer Option. This memorandum and its attachment supersede SP 37-2015, 2015 Edition of Questions and Answers for the National School Lunch Program’s Seamless Summer Option, May 22, 2015.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0081
Separation of Duties Webinar Frequently Ask Questions

Separation of Duties Webinar Frequently Ask Questions

WIC 2016-5
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0082
Verification of Certification Webinar Frequently Ask Questions

Verification of Certification Webinar Frequently Ask Questions

WIC 2016-4
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2013-0048
Prohibition Against National Origin Discrimination Affecting Persons with Limited English Proficiency in Programs and Activities Conducted by USDA

This Departmental Regulation establishes the policies and procedures for ensuring that persons with limited English proficiency have meaningful access to programs and activities conducted by the USDA pursuant to Executive Order 13166, “Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency.”

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0019
FMCS Mediation Notice for Age Act Cases

 This memorandum provides guidance on the processing of discrimination complaints under the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. The Age Act is one of the federal civil rights laws enforced by FNS Civil Rights Division  that prohibits age discrimination in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0003
Preventing Bias, Misusing Error Review Committees and Third Party Consultants, Federal Access to State Systems, and State Responsibility to Address Over and Under Issuances

This memorandum is intended to clarify existing regulatory and policy guidance to ensure awareness of our shared responsibility to preserve the integrity of SNAP's quality control system, based on findings from recent FNS reviews of state quality control operations.

SNAP QC Policy Memo 2016-02
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0043
New Threshold for State Submittal of CAPER Corrective Action Center Drive Plans

The SNAP quality control (QC) system measures the accuracy of State eligibility and benefit determinations. In fiscal year (FY) 2012, QC's measurement of errors in cases that were denied, terminated and suspended was renamed from the negative error rate to the case and procedural error rate (CAPER). The name change was accompanied by a new review process that takes into account customer service aspects of negative actions, such as timeliness and correctness of the notice, in addition to the accuracy of the determination.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0102
Quality Control Procedural Clarifications and Federal Access to State Systems

The Quality Control system is an integral component of FNS’ responsibility to effectively administer SNAP to ensure families receive critical nutrition assistance while practicing strong public stewardship. It is crucial that the QC processes at the state and federal level report statistically valid results that are fully substantiated by documentation in the case file.

QC Policy Memo 17-01
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0031
Meaningful Access for Persons with Limited English Proficiency in the School Meal Programs: Guidance and Q&As

The purpose of this memorandum is to remind local educational agencies and schools that they are required to take reasonable steps to ensure meaningful access to school meals for eligible students from households comprised of LEP individuals. This memorandum summarizes existing USDA and FNS guidance intended to assist program participants in providing meaningful access for LEP persons. G

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0065
Policy Memorandum on Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities in the School Meal Programs

The attached policy memorandum, “Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities in the School Meal Programs,” includes important updates to requirements related to accommodating children with disabilities participating in the school neal programs.  Previous FNS guidance on this issue was included in FNS Instruction 783-2, Rev. 2, Meal Substitutions for Medical or other Special Dietary Reasons