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FNS Guidance on the time limit

This memorandum provides guidance to States in taking the balanced approach necessary to properly implement the SNAP time limit for ABAWD. On March 4, 2015, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released a memorandum that anticipated fewer States would qualify for ABAWD time limit waivers and provided guidance in identifying, notifying, and tracking ABAWDs when those waivers expire. To comply with Federal law, States must do more than track ABAWDs. States must also carefully screen for exemption from the time limit and connect ABAWDs to the information and resources necessary to maintain eligibility consistent with Federal requirements. This memo goes beyond tracking to address screening and other challenges that face States in serving eligible ABAWDs and properly administering the time limit.

FNS guidance on the time limit