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USDA/FNS RIN: 0584-AD31 Publication ID: Fall 2003 
Title: FSP: Non-Discretionary Quality Control Provisions of Title IV of Public Law 107-171 
Abstract: This interim rule will implement several quality control changes to the Food Stamp Act required by sections 4118 and 4119 of title IV of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (Public Law 107-171). The provisions in this rule affect the following areas: 1) Timeframes for completing quality control reviews; 2) timeframes for completing the arbitration process; 3) timeframes for determining final error rates; 4) the threshold for potential sanctions and time period for sanctions; 5) the calculation of State error rates; 6) the formula for determining States' liability amounts; 7) sanction notification and method of payment; and 8) corrective action plans. (02-014) 
Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 273    7 CFR 275   
Legal Authority: 7 USC 2011 to 2032    PL 107-171   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need: The rule is needed to implement the food stamp quality control 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 interim rule deals with changes required by Public Law 107-171, the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. The Department has no discretion in implementing these provisions of that law. The provisions in this rule are effective for the fiscal year 2003 quality control review period and must be implemented by FNS and State agencies during fiscal year 2003.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits: The provisions of this rule are not anticipated to have any impact on benefit levels or administrative costs.

Risks: The FSP provides nutrition assistance to millions of Americans nationwide. The quality control system measures the accuracy of States providing food stamp benefits to the program recipients. This rule is intended to implement the quality control provisions of Public Law 107-701, the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. It will significantly revise the system for determining State agency liabilities and sanctions for high payment error rates.

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  10/16/2003  68 FR 59519   
Interim Final Rule Effective  12/15/2003    
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  01/14/2004    
Final Action  10/00/2004    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Sharon Ackerman
Agency Regulatory Officer
Department of Agriculture
Food and Nutrition Service
Room 918, 3101 Park Center Drive,
Alexandria, VA 22302
Phone:703 305-2246
Email: sheri.ackerman@fns.usda.gov