Proposed Rule: FSP Employment and Training Program Provisions of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002
This rulemaking proposes to amend Food Stamp Program (FSP) regulations to implement Food Stamp Employment and Training (E&T) Program provisions of section 4121 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (the Farm Bill). The Department proposes to establish a reasonable formula to allocate 100 percent Federal funds authorized under the Farm Bill to carry out the E&T Program each fiscal year (FY).
The Department further proposes to implement the Farm Bill provisions that make available up to $20 million a year in additional unmatched Federal E&T funds for state agencies that commit to offer an education/training or workfare opportunity to every applicant and recipient who is an able-bodied adult without dependents (ABAWD) limited to 3 months of food stamp eligibility in a 36-month period (3-month time limit) and who would otherwise be terminated; and to eliminate the current Federal cost-sharing cap of $25 per month on the amount state agencies may reimburse E&T participants for work expenses other than dependent care.
This rulemaking also proposes to implement Farm Bill provisions that expand state flexibility in E&T Program spending by repealing the requirements that state agencies earmark 80 percent of their annual 100 percent Federal E&T grants to serve ABAWDs; they meet or exceed their FY 1996 state administrative spending levels to access funds made available by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (the Balanced Budget Act); and the Secretary be given the authority to establish maximum reimbursement costs of E&T Program components.