SNAP Unemployment Data and Methods for ABAWD Waivers
On Dec. 5, 2019, FNS published the final rule, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents.
Effective April 1, 2020, the final rule changes the definition of the geographic areas that can be waived and other criteria under which an area may qualify for a waiver of the SNAP participation time limit for ABAWDs. 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) and copy firstname.lastname@example.org. FNS encourages states to submit these waiver requests no later than Feb. 1, 2020, to ensure timely processing.
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. Please note, this technical information does not provide an exhaustive list of criteria, methodologies, or data that states could submit in support of an ABAWD waiver request under the final rule, nor does it address other areas of ABAWD waiver policy. The Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has designated this memorandum as not a major rule under the Congressional Review Act.
Please contact your respective FNS regional office with any questions about this memorandum.