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USDA/FNS RIN: 0584-AD98 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Provision Major System Failures 

Title IV, part III: Program Operations, section 4133 (Major System Failures) provision allows USDA to prohibit State agencies from collecting claims from a household, and to assert a claim against a State in cases of major systemic error resulting in substantial overpayments of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. This rule will regulate what procedures and processes are to be followed if a State experiences such a failure. It will define what a major system failure is and explain under what circumstances a State agency will be held liable for an overpayment, rather than the client household.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 273   
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 110-246   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/18/2011  76 FR 51274   
NPRM Comment Period End  10/17/2011    
Final Action  05/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: State 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Charles H. Watford
Regulatory Review Specialist
Department of Agriculture
Food and Nutrition Service
1320 Braddock Place,
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone:703 605-0800

Lynnette M. Thomas
Chief, Planning and Regulatory Affairs Branch
Department of Agriculture
Food and Nutrition Service
3101 Park Center Drive,
Alexandria, VA 22302
Phone:703 605-4782