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Elimination of Block Claim Edit Checks

Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin
Purpose: Policy, Beneficial Information

To: Child and Adult Care Food—Sponsoring Organizations

Number: USDA-CACFP-03-2011

Attention: Food Program Director

Date: February 2011

Subject: Elimination of Block Claim Edit Checks in the Child and Adult Care Food Program

Reference: United States Department of Agriculture Policy Memo CACFP 03-2011; Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations parts 226.2 and 226.10(c)

Supersedes: Nutrition Services Divison Management Bulletins USDA-CACFP-02-2007 and 05-211

This Management Bulletin (MB) is in response to the United States Department of Agriculture Policy Memo CACFP 03-2011, and provides guidance on the modification of requirements for edit checks and follow-up reviews related to detection of block claims in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (Act) was signed into law by President Obama on December 13, 2010. Section 331 of the Act amends Section 17(d)(2) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 United States Code 1766) to prohibit the Secretary of Agriculture from requiring edit checks to detect block claims or unannounced follow-up reviews related to block claims.


A block claim is defined in Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR) Section 226.2 as “a claim for reimbursement submitted by a facility on which the number of meals claimed for one or more meal type…is identical for 15 consecutive days within a claiming period.” Pursuant to 7 CFR 226.10(c)(3), sponsoring organizations were required to detect block claims by a facility and to ensure that the facility received an unannounced review within 60 days of detection of the block claim.


Effective immediately, sponsoring organizations are no longer required to conduct edit checks designed to detect block claims as required by 7 CFR 226.10(c)(3), nor are they required to meet the follow-up review requirements associated with detection of block claims as described in 7 CFR 226.10(c)(3).

Although they are no longer required, sponsoring organizations may, at their discretion, retain block claim edit checks. In addition, it is important to note that federal requirements for two other sponsor-level edit checks are still in effect. These include the requirement to verify the provider is claiming only the approved meal types in accordance with 7 CFR 226.10(c)(1) and the comparison of enrollment, days of service, and total meal claims in accordance with 7 CFR 226.10(c)(2).

If you have any questions regarding this MB, please contact the CACFP specialist assigned to your agency in the Child Nutrition Information Payment System (CNIPS). You will find a list of contact information for specialists in the Download Forms section of the CNIPS. You may also contact the Help Desk by phone at 800-952-5609, option 6.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Thursday, December 1, 2016
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