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USDA/FNS RIN: 0584-AE00 Publication ID: Spring 2010 
Title: Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance for Victims of Disasters Procedures 
Abstract: The purpose of the proposed regulation is to establish procedures for the delivery of the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) by State agencies. The Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (FNA) provides authority for the Secretary of Agriculture to establish temporary emergency standards of eligibility for the duration of an emergency for households who are victims of a disaster that disrupts commercial channels of food distribution. The interim D-SNAP regulations at 7 CFR part 280.1 do not expand substantially upon the D-SNAP section of the Food and Nutrition Act. In order to provide detailed guidance to State agencies as they plan, operate, and assess their D-SNAP operation, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) in 1995 developed the "Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Guidance," which provides policy guidance to State administering agencies for all phases of program operations. A 2007 Office of Inspector General (OIG) report (Audit 27099-49-Te: Disaster Food Stamp Program for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita--Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas--Final Report) found some deficits in the design and review of State D-SNAP plans of operation and inadequate controls to prevent recipient fraud and duplicate participation. OIG attributed the deficits, in part, to a lack of detailed procedures in regulations and, in response, required FNS to amend D-SNAP policy on those specific topics and to promulgate D-SNAP regulations. In order to provide detailed guidance to State agencies operating D-SNAP and to address OIG concerns, FNS plans to publish a Proposed Rule for D-SNAP that will codify longstanding policies from the "Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Guidance" and policy changes required by the OIG audit (09-012). 
Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 280   
Legal Authority: Food and Nutrition Act of 2008   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  03/00/2011    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
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

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