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USDA/FNS RIN: 0584-AE57 Publication ID: Spring 2019 
Title: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents  

Federal law generally limits the amount of time an able-bodied adult without dependents (ABAWD) can receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to 3 months in a 36-month period, unless the individual meets certain work requirements. On the request of a State SNAP agency, the law also gives the Department of Agriculture (the Department) the authority to temporarily waive the time limit in areas that have an unemployment rate of over 10 percent or a lack of sufficient jobs. The law also provides State agencies with a limited number of percentage exemptions that can be used by States to extend SNAP eligibility for ABAWDs subject to the time limit. Through this final rule the Department will respond to public comments on the NPRM and consider amendments to the regulatory standards by which the Department evaluates State SNAP agency requests to waive the time limit and to the current policy that allows unlimited carryover of ABAWD percentage exemptions.

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 
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
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  02/23/2018  83 FR 8013   
NPRM  02/01/2019  84 FR 980   
NPRM Comment Period End  04/02/2019 
Final Action  12/00/2019 
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
3101 Park Center Drive,
Alexandria, VA 22302
Phone:703 605-0800

Kelly Stewart
Chief, Planning and Regulatory Affairs Office
Department of Agriculture
Food and Nutrition Service
3101 Park Center Drive,
Alexandria, VA 22302
Phone:703 305-2425