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USDA/FNS RIN: 0584-AE57 Publication ID: Fall 2018 
Title: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents  

The Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended (the Act), establishes a time limit for SNAP participation of three months in three years for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) who are not working. The Act provides State flexibility by allowing State agencies to request to waive the time limit if an area that an individual resides in has an unemployment rate of over 10 percent or does not have a sufficient number of jobs to provide employment for individuals. This rule will propose modifications to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) requirements and services for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) in response to public input provided through the advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM).

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Regulatory 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 273.24(f)   
Legal Authority: sec. 6(o)(4) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended, 7 U.S.C. 2011 to 2036   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families; this nutrition assistance also provides economic benefits to communities. It is important that SNAP support self-sufficiency and reduce the need for government assistance for its program participants. The Department recognizes that a well-paying job provides the best path to self-sufficiency for those who are able to work. To that end, the Department aims to create conditions that incentivize SNAP program participants to find employment.


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Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  02/23/2018  83 FR 8013   
NPRM  10/00/2018 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Local, State 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
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