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USDA/FNS RIN: 0584-AE62 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)  

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: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: State, local, or tribal governments 
EO 13771 Designation: Regulatory 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 273.2(j)(2)   
Legal Authority: sec. 5(a) of FNA of 2008   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  07/24/2019  84 FR 35570   
NPRM Comment Period End  09/23/2019 
NPRM Comment Period Reopened  10/18/2019  84 FR 55870   
NPRM Comment Period Reopen End  11/01/2019 
Final Action  08/00/2020 
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
1320 Braddock Place,
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone:703 605-0800

Melissa Abelev
Department of Agriculture
Food and Nutrition Service
Phone:703 305-2209