Resource | Policy Memos
SNAP Section 4005 of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 - Questions and Answers

These Questions and Answers are in response to changes made by Section 4005 of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, enacted on Dec. 20, 2018, to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training program and certain Able-bodied Adults without Dependents work policies. 

Resource | Policy
Reopening of Comment Period: SNAP Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents

This proposed rule seeks to amend the regulatory standards by which USDA evaluates state Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program agency requests to waive the time limit and to end the unlimited carryover of able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWD) percentage exemptions.  FNS seeks to reopen the comment period on April 8, 2019, for a period of 3 days ending April 10, 2019.

Resource | Proposed Rule
Proposed Rule: SNAP Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents

The proposed rule would encourage broader application of the statutory ABAWD work requirement, consistent with the Administration's focus on fostering self-sufficiency.

Resource | Fact Sheets
Regulatory Reform at a Glance Proposed Rule: SNAP Requirements for ABAWDs

In December 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published a proposed rule entitled “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents”. This action supports the Agency’s commitment to self-sufficiency by more broadly applying SNAP’s work-related program standards for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs).

Resource | FAQs/Q&As
Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs)

Know the special rules for certain SNAP participants. 

Resource | Policy Memos
Clarifications on Work Requirements, ABAWDs, and E&T

The Office of lnspector General's (OIG) 2016 Audit Report, Food and Nutrition Service Controls over Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits for Able Bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWD), recommended that the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) perform analysis to identify problematic areas for states in terms of ABAWD policy and then provide states with additional best practices to address those areas. FNS has performed the recommended analysis and has determined that states and other stakeholders would benefit most from additional guidance in two general areas: ABAWD policy's interaction with other SNAP work-related policies and "tracking" participation for ABAWDs.

Resource | Best Practices
Best Practices and Resources for Informing Households of ABAWD Rules

This memorandum provides best practices and resources to help State agencies effectively inform Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households of the requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABA WD) and to enrich training for eligibility workers. Since ABAWD policy is complex, States should provide clients with accurate and understandable information in accessible locations ( e.g., waiting rooms, websites, or partner organizations).

Resource | Notice
SNAP: Requirements and Services for Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents

The Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended (the Act), limits the amount of time an able-bodied adult without dependents (ABAWD) can receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to 3 months in a 36-month period, unless the individual is working and/or participating in a work program half-time or more, or participating in workfare.

Resource | Legislation
ABAWD 15 Percent Exemptions

Federal law provides that each state agency be allotted exemptions equal to 15 percent of the state's caseload that is ineligible for program benefits because of the ABAWD time limit.  These exemptions allow the state agency to extend SNAP eligibility for ABAWDs subject to the time limit. 

Resource | Policy Memos
Requirements for Informing Households of ABAWD Rules

Section 6(o) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended (the Act), limits the time able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) can receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to 3 months in any 36-month period, unless the individual meets the ABAWD work requirement or is otherwise exempt. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has recently received questions about the State agency’s responsibility to inform SNAP households about the ABAWD time limit and work requirement.