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USDA/FNS RIN: 0584-AE62 Publication ID: Fall 2018 
Title: Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)  
Abstract:

Under section 5(a) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, households in which all members receive benefits under a State program funded by the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program are categorically eligible to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This proposal would change the regulations at 7 CFR 273.2(j)(2) pertaining to categorically eligible TANF households by limiting categorical eligibility to households that receive cash TANF or other substantial assistance from TANF. Categorical eligibility conferred by any non-cash assistance would be limited to substantial ongoing assistance or services, such as child care, that have an eligibility determination process similar to cash TANF.  This rule would not alter categorical eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) households or General Assistance (GA) households.

 
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 273.2(j)(2)   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 601    Pub. L. 113-79   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

This proposal would change current regulations by limiting categorical eligibility to households that receive cash assistance or other ongoing or substantial assistance from TANF, such as child care, and that have an eligibility determination process similar to cash TANF.  These stricter requirements would ensure that categorical eligibility is appropriately targeted toward low-income households most in need while maintaining administrative streamlining across Federal benefits programs. 

Summary of the Legal Basis:

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Alternatives:

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Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

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Risks:

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Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  01/00/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State 
Small Entities Affected: Governmental Jurisdictions  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
3101 Park Center Drive,
Alexandria, VA 22302
Phone:703 605-0800
Email: charles.watford@fns.usda.gov