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USDA/FNS RIN: 0584-AE63 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Taking Administrative Actions Pending Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Processing 

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) seeks to prevent firms from delaying administrative actions, such as disqualification or withdrawal of firms from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), by submitting Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. This rulemaking adds regulatory text to provide that any filed or pending FOIA request or appeal will not affect when the Agency takes administrative action against a firm determined to have violated SNAP statute or regulations so that administrative actions against firms can proceed without unnecessary delay.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Other 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 278    7 CFR 279   
Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552    7 CFR 1   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  02/19/2019  84 FR 4739   
NPRM Comment Period End  04/22/2019 
Final Action  07/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  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

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