Pilot Projects to Reduce Dependency and Increase Work Requirements and Work Effort under SNAP

Pilot projects to reduce dependency and increase work requirements and work effort under SNAP: The purpose of these pilots is to develop and test methods that raise the number of work registrants under section 6(d) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended, who obtain unsubsidized employment,
increase the earned income of the registrants, and reduce the reliance of the registrants on public assistance, so as to reduce the need for SNAP benefits.
Related Programs10.551 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.




Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Act provides funding for ten pilot projects that develop and test methods, including operating work programs with certain features comparable to work programs operated under the TANF program, for employment and training programs to raise the number of SNAP work registrants who obtain unsubsidized employment, increase the earned income of the registrants, and reduce the reliance of the registrants on public assistance.

The Act requires an independent, rigorous evaluation to measure the impact of each pilot on participants? employment, income, and other measures of well-being to inform implementation of SNAP E&T programs. In accordance with section 16(h)(4) of the FNA and 7 CFR 273.7(d)(ii), E&T funding, including E&T pilot funds, cannot be used for certification procedures, including determining whether an individual must be work registered, the work registration process, or any further screening performed during the certification process, nor for sanction activities.

Allowable use of funds includes, but is not limited to, personnel costs; training; translation of forms; other supplies; printing, duplication, and dissemination of materials; and technology (both hardware and software) necessary and allocable for operating the pilot project and/or participating in the evaluation of the pilot project.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Only State agencies that currently administer the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) program are eligible for these grants.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Only State agencies that currently administer the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) program are eligible for these grants.

Credentials/Documentation

The Act requires that State agencies interested in applying must commit to maintain at least the amount of State funding for SNAP E&T programs that they expended in FY 2013 for each year of the pilot. The Act also requires that funds made available through this funding opportunity shall be used only to supplement, not to supplant, non-Federal funds used for existing E&T activities or services. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.

Award Procedures

FNS pre-screened all applications to ensure that they contained the required documents and information. After the initial screening, FNS convened an evaluation panel to consider the merit of each grant application. Each application that passed initial screening was given to the panel to be evaluated and scored according to how well it addresses each application component. The panel members recommended applications for consideration for a grant award based on the evaluation scoring.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

The Agricultural Act of 2014, Section 4022, Public Law 113-79, 7 U.S.C 2025(h)(1)(F).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

There is a time restriction; money will no longer be available after 09/30/2018. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Still under consideration.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

At a minimum, progress reports should include the following information: ? A narrative description of project progress, tasks completed, and roadblocks or problems; ? Reasons why goals and objectives were not met, if appropriate, particularly at predefined go/no-go decision points, and justification of decision to proceed; ? Discuss the budget impact and/or costs associated within this reporting period; ? List key activities planned for the next report period; ? Findings or activities which may require changes in schedule, accomplishments, or costs, particularly those changes which may impact the Recipient?s ability to utilize grant funds within the specified time period; ? Other pertinent information including, when appropriate, analysis and explanation of cost overruns; and ? Any unique aspects that you would like to share.

The Recipient is required to electronically enter the quarterly and final financial status report (SF-425) into the FNS, Food Programs Reporting System (FPRS).

This report must be certified by the Recipient?s chief fiscal officer or an officer of comparable rank.

Included with the terms and conditions are instructions on how to obtain access and enter data into FPRS.

This report must be entered within 30 days after the close of each quarter.

The Final Financial Report must be entered into FPRS within 90 days of the expiration of this agreement.

This report must also be certified by the Recipient?s chief fiscal officer or an officer of comparable rank.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

Not Applicable.

Records

No Data Available.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-3505-0-1-605.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 Not Separately Identifiable; FY 17 Not Separately Identifiable; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range is $8,959,379 to $22,329,952. The grant average is approximately $17,509,239.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

7 CFR 273.7 Additional publications may be available at: http://www.fns.usda.gov/2014-snap-e-t-pilots

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Moira Johnston 3101 Park Center Dr, 8th floor, Alexandria, Virginia 22303 Email: moira.johnston@fns.usda.gov Phone: 703-305-2022

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

(1) Statement of Need; (2) Project Design; (3) Implementation Plan and Organizational Capacity; (4) Capacity to Support Independent Evaluation; and (5) Application Budget Narrative.



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