United States

A new reporting rule for SNAP

Mar 15, 2016
From the Government Institute

States planning “major changes” to their nutrition-assistance programs for low-income individuals and families will now have to provide the federal government with advanced notice of those changes.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) recently issued a final rule related to reporting changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The new rule became effective March 21, 2016, codified as 7 CFR Parts 271 and 272.

This new reporting requirement will likely present challenges for state officials. First, it applies to any major change implemented after its effective date, with no transition period. Second, the rule represents a new type of reporting requirement that does not exist for other programs, so states will be building their compliance efforts from scratch. And third, the rule’s definition of what constitutes a “major change” can be complicated and will require interpretation

This issue brief provides an overview of the FNS's recently issued final rule related to reporting changes to SNAP and discusses how states can comply.