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USDA/FNS RIN: 0584-AE86 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Revision of Race and Ethnicity Data Collection Methods 

Revises regulations at 7 CFR 272.6(g) to eliminate the option for State agencies to use visual observation to collect race and ethnicity data from program applicants who do not voluntarily provide it. This rule is intended to align SNAP regulations with current Federal policy. On June 27, 2022, FNS published the proposed rule in the Federal Register. FNS received comments from the public, State agencies that administer SNAP, research and advocacy organizations, and associations representing program health and human service agency leaders and nutritionist education administrators. FNS plans to consult with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to discuss best practices for collecting race and ethnicity data in other means-tested programs when participants do not self-identify. Communities affected by this rule are all low-income individuals eligible for SNAP.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 272.6(g)   
Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 2011 to 2036   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/27/2022  87 FR 38010   
Correction  07/21/2022  87 FR 43450   
NPRM Comment Period End  08/26/2022 
Final Action  11/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Local, State 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Michael DePiro
Department of Agriculture
Food and Nutrition Service
1320 Braddock Place,
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone:703 305-2876

Maureen Lydon
Department of Agriculture
Food and Nutrition Service
1320 Braddock Place,
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone:703 457-7713