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Information Alert: Verification Interim Rule


Nutrition Services Division Information Alert

To: National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program Sponsors

Number: USDA-SNP-02-2009

Attention: Food Service Director

Date: March 2009
Subject: Request for Comments on Interim Rule: Verification of Eligibility for Free and Reduced-Price Meals in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs
Reference: Title 7 Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR), Parts 210 and 245; Federal Register, Volume 73, Number 244, Thursday, December 18, 2008
RESPONSE DEADLINE:
March 18, 2009

This Information Alert (IA) transmits the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) interim rule regarding verification of eligibility for free and reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. The verification interim rule is located on the USDA’s Regulations Web page at:

http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/governance/interim/2008verifrule.pdf

The USDA requests public comments on the verification interim rule as well as suggestions on potential criteria for error prone applications: possible parameters may include different thresholds depending on household size or different triggers for consideration of error prone applications.

Please submit your comments and suggestions to the USDA regarding this interim rule by March 18, 2009, and include the title, Verification of Eligibility for Free and Reduced-Price Meals in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, in your response. You may use any of the following methods:

The rule implements statutory amendments of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, which became effective on July 1, 2005. Without regulations, the USDA issued several guidance memoranda (listed in the rule) to implement the statutory verification provisions while waiting for these regulations to be issued. The interim verification rule includes the following primary changes to current regulations:

The rule’s preamble discusses these changes in the order listed above to provide the reader with a sequential overview of the verification process and an understanding of any new procedures as well as how existing procedures are affected.

If you have any questions regarding the interim verification rule, you may call Robert Eadie, Chief, Policy and Program Development Branch of the USDA, in Alexandria, VA at 703-305-2590. If you have any questions regarding this IA, please contact Evonne Morrissey, Nutrition Services Division, School Nutrition Specialist, at 916-322-8315 or by e-mail at emorriss@cde.ca.gov.

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