Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC): Implementation of Electronic Benefit Transfer-Related Provisions, 18447 [C1-2016-04261]

Download as PDF 18447 Rules and Regulations Federal Register Vol. 81, No. 62 Thursday, March 31, 2016 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains regulatory documents having general applicability and legal effect, most of which are keyed to and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is published under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510. The Code of Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. Prices of new books are listed in the first FEDERAL REGISTER issue of each week. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service 7 CFR Part 246 RIN 0584–AE21 Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC): Implementation of Electronic Benefit Transfer-Related Provisions Correction In rule document 2016–04261 beginning on page 10433 in the issue of Tuesday, March 1, make the following correction: § 246.12 [Corrected] On page 10450, in the second column, in § 246.12(y)(3), in the second line, ‘‘May 31, 2016’’ should read ‘‘August 1, 2016’’. [FR Doc. C1–2016–04261 Filed 3–30–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1505–01–D amends SNAP regulations to implement section 28 of the Food and Nutrition Act (FNA) of 2008, as added by section 241 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010, to award grants to States for provision of nutrition education and obesity prevention programs. These programs provide services for eligible individuals that promote healthy food choices consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs). The rule provides State agencies with requirements for implementing section 28, including the grant award process and describes the process for allocating the Federal grant funding for each State’s approved SNAP-Ed plan authorized under the FNA to carry out nutrition education and obesity prevention services each fiscal year. This final rule also implements section 4028 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill of 2014), which authorizes physical activity promotion in addition to promotion of healthy food choices as part of this nutrition education and obesity prevention program. DATES: This rule is effective March 31, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jane Duffield, Chief, State Administration Branch, Program Accountability and Administration Division, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, USDA, 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 22302, Jane.Duffield@fns.usda.gov, (703) 605–4385. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE I. Executive Summary Food and Nutrition Service A. Purpose of the Regulatory Action 7 CFR Part 272 [FNS 2011–0017] RIN 0584–AE07 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Grant Program Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. ACTION: Final rule. jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with RULES AGENCY: This rule adopts the interim rule implementing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) nutrition education and obesity prevention grant program with changes as provided in this rule. This rule also SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:13 Mar 30, 2016 Jkt 238001 The HHFKA removed the existing nutrition education program under section 11(f) of the FNA (7 U.S.C. 2011 et seq.), commonly known as SNAP Education (SNAP-Ed), and added in its place section 28, the nutrition education and obesity prevention grant program. This rule implements the new program, which the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) continues to refer to as SNAP-Ed, and seeks to improve its operation and effectiveness to make the program easier for States to administer while improving the health of the low-income population. The implementation of this program provides a focus on the critical problem of obesity and allows coordinated services to be provided to participants PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 in Federal assistance programs and other low-income persons. This action broadens collaboration efforts and relationships in order to provide more flexibility to include a wider range of evidence-based intervention strategies. The interim rule published at 78 FR 20411 (April 5, 2013) is adopted as a final rule with changes as provided in this rule. B. Summary of the Major Provisions of the Regulatory Action in Question Target Population The FNA defines individuals eligible for SNAP-Ed as those who receive SNAP or National School Lunch/School Breakfast Program free or reduced price benefits, individuals residing in a community with a significant lowincome population, and other lowincome individuals as defined by the Secretary. FNS decided to include lowincome individuals eligible to receive benefits under SNAP or other meanstested Federal assistance programs such as Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), etc., in this definition to ease administrative burden on States. This definition more closely aligns SNAP-Ed with other FNS, Federal and State-administered benefit programs. Nutrition Education State Plans This rule requires States to submit a Nutrition Education State Plan (SNAPEd Plan) in order to receive a SNAP-Ed grant, essentially the same procedure as before. FNS decided to strengthen SNAP-Ed Plan requirements to better assure that the Plans adequately address HHFKA requirements and public comment. The Plans must: (1) Present valid and data driven needs assessments of the nutrition, physical activity, and obesity prevention needs of the target population; (2) identify the use of funding for evidence-based State or local projects that meet those needs; (3) ensure that interventions are comprehensive in scope and appropriate for the eligible low-income population and communities; (4) recognize the population’s constrained resources and potential eligibility for Federal nutrition assistance; and (5) demonstrate and follow evidence-based strategies for effective nutrition education and obesity prevention. The rule allows States to propose E:\FR\FM\31MRR1.SGM 31MRR1

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under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510.

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Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 62 / Thursday, March 31, 2016 / Rules 
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food and Nutrition Service

7 CFR Part 246

RIN 0584-AE21


Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and 
Children (WIC): Implementation of Electronic Benefit Transfer-Related 
Provisions

Correction

    In rule document 2016-04261 beginning on page 10433 in the issue of 
Tuesday, March 1, make the following correction:


Sec.  246.12  [Corrected]

    On page 10450, in the second column, in Sec.  246.12(y)(3), in the 
second line, ``May 31, 2016'' should read ``August 1, 2016''.

[FR Doc. C1-2016-04261 Filed 3-30-16; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 1505-01-D