Proposed Rule: FSP Retailer Application Processing
This action proposes to revise the initial application processing timeframe for retail food stores and wholesale food concerns that apply for authorization to accept and redeem food stamp benefits and clarify verification requirements.
In addition to lengthening the time allowed for processing applications, this rule would clarify Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) regulatory authority to require specific documentation from an applicant to verify a firm’s eligibility. This rule will also incorporate two provisions of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996, related to the collection of tax information from applicant firms or from firms being reauthorized in the program, and the provision of written permission for FNS to verify such information with appropriate agencies.
These changes are being proposed as a means to ensure that only legitimate food stores are allowed to participate in the Food Stamp Program.