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USDA/FNS RIN: 0584-AE43 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Standard Utility Allowances Based on the Receipt of Energy Assistance Payments 

The final rule implements section 4006, Standard Utility Allowances Based on the Receipt of Energy Assistance Payments, of the Agricultural Act of 2014.  Under section 4006, the Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is instructed to promulgate regulations establishing that those States electing to use a heating or cooling standard utility allowance (HCSUA) in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility determinations must make the HCSUA available to households that receive a Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or other similar energy assistance program payment greater than $20 annually in the current month or in the immediately preceding 12 months.

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 273   
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 113-79   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  04/20/2016  81 FR 23189   
NPRM Comment Period End  06/20/2016 
Final Action  02/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
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