Resource | Policy Memos
State Agency Readiness to Apply the ABAWD Time Limit and Serve ABAWDs

This final rule supports the Agency’s commitment to self-sufficiency by modifying states’ ability to receive waivers of the ABAWD time limit.  More specifically, the rule sets robust, quantitative standards that states’ must meet in order to receive such waivers and limits the accumulation of discretionary exemptions.

Resource | Policy Memos
Implementation of Regulatory Changes to ABAWD Waiver Standards and Discretionary Exemptions

On Dec. 5, 2019, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will publish the final rule, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Requirements for  Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents.  It is available for public inspection at the Federal Register.   

Resource | Policy Memos
Questions and Answers: Final Rulemaking Requirements for ABAWDs

On Dec. 5, 2019, the  FNS final rule, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents, will publish in the Federal Register.  The rule revises the conditions under which FNS would waive, when requested by States, the able-bodied adult without dependents (ABAWD) time limit in areas that have an unemployment rate of over 10 percent or a lack of sufficient jobs.  In addition, the rule limits the carryover of unused ABAWD discretionary exemptions. 

Resource | Policy Memos
SNAP Unemployment Data and Methods for ABAWD Waivers

This resource provides states with information on how to obtain Bureau of Labor Statistics and Census Bureau data and step-by-step instructions on how to use that data to calculate an unemployment rate in support of an ABAWD waiver request.  These technical sources and methods are consistent with those that FNS has endorsed in the past, but have been adapted where appropriate to account for the final rule’s changes to the definition of the geographic area that can be waived and recent changes to the Census Bureau’s data tool.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Work Requirement Policy Resources

Here are some resources to find out more about SNAP ABAWDs and related information. 

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Webinar: Rule Changes to ABAWD Waivers and Discretionary Exemptions (slides with additional detail and content)

Webinar: Rule Changes to ABAWD Waivers and Discretionary Exemptions (slides with additional detail and content), first presented by FNS on December 18, 2019.

 

Resource | Policy Memos
SNAP Guide to Supporting Requests to Waive the Time Limit for ABAWDs

This guide consolidates and underscores FNS policy concerning waivers of the ABAWD time limit and replaces its predecessor, FNS' August 2006 Guidance on Requesting ABAWD Waivers. FNS advises state agencies to use this guide to understand, obtain, and prepare evidence that successfully supports an ABAWD time limit waiver request based on relevant sections of the Act; federal regulations; and historical SNAP policy. As a result of the final rule, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents, that was published on December 5, 2019, the regulatory standards referenced in this guide are only valid through March 31, 2020. In order to have a waiver as of April 1, 2020, and thereafter, states must request a waiver that meets the new standards in 7 CFR 273.24(f) and should submit that request as soon as possible to their respective FNS regional office contact(s). FNS expects to replace this guide in the future. 

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
ABAWD Waivers

An ABAWD time limit waiver does not waive the general SNAP work requirements. More information about waivers can be found by visiting: SNAP - Guide to Supporting Requests to Waive the Time Limit for Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWD). As a result of the final rule, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents, which was published on December 5, 2019, the regulatory standards referenced in this guide are only valid through March 31, 2020. In order to have a waiver as of April 1, 2020, and thereafter, states must request a waiver that meets the new standards in 7 CFR 273.24(f) and should submit that request as soon as possible to their respective FNS regional office contact(s).  

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Final Rulemaking: Requirements for Able-Bodied Bodied Adults Without Dependents Webinar for States

Final Rulemaking: Requirements for Able-Bodied Bodied Adults Without Dependents Webinar for States – December 18, 2019

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

USDA is finalizing its rulemaking proposed Feb. 1, 2019. The rule revises the conditions under which USDA would waive, when requested by states, the able-bodied adult without dependents (ABAWD) time limit in areas that have an unemployment rate of over 10 percent or a lack of sufficient jobs. In addition, the rule limits carryover of ABAWD discretionary exemptions.