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USDA/FNS RIN: 0584-AD30 Publication ID: Fall 2009 
Title: SNAP: Eligibility and Certification Provisions of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 
Abstract: This rulemaking will amend the regulations of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, to implement 11 provisions of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 that establish new eligibility and certification requirements for the receipt of food stamps. (02-007) 
Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR Part 273 (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.
Legal Authority: PL 107-171, sections 4101 to 4109, 4114, 4115, and 4401 
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need: The rule is needed to implement the food stamp certification and eligibility provisions of Public Law 107-171, the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002.

Summary of the Legal Basis: The legal basis for this rule is Public Law 107-171, the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002.

Alternatives: This final rule deals with changes required by Public Law 107-171, the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. The Department has limited discretion in implementing provisions of that law. Most of the provisions in this rule were effective October 1, 2002, and were implemented by State agencies prior to publication of this rule.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits: The provisions of this rule simplify State administration of SNAP, increase eligibility for the program among certain groups, increase access to the program among low-income families and individuals, and increase benefit levels. The provisions of Public Law 107-171 implemented by this rule have a 5-year cost of approximately $1.9 billion.

Risks: SNAP provides nutrition assistance to millions of Americans nationwide--working families, eligible non-citizens, and elderly and disabled individuals. Many low-income families don't earn enough money and many elderly and disabled individuals don't receive enough in retirement or disability benefits to meet all of their expenses and purchase healthy and nutritious meals. SNAP serves a vital role in helping these families and individuals achieve and maintain self-sufficiency and purchase a nutritious diet. This rule implements the certification and eligibility provisions of Public Law 107-171, the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. It simplifies State administration of SNAP, increases eligibility for the program among certain groups, increases access to the program among low-income families and individuals, and increases benefit levels. The provisions of this rule increase benefits by approximately $1.95 billion over 5 years.

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  04/16/2004  69 FR 20724 
NPRM Comment Period End  06/15/2004   
Final Action  12/00/2009   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Local, State 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
James F Herbert
Regulatory Review Specialist
Department of Agriculture
Food and Nutrition Service
3101 Park Center Drive,
Alexandria, VA 22302
Phone:703 305-2572
Email: james.herbert@fns.usda.gov

 
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