Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): 2020/2021 Income Eligibility Guidelines, 31433-31437 [2020-11251]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 101 / Tuesday, May 26, 2020 / Notices essential for evaluating an applicant’s ability to meet program requirements and gain approval. Once an applicant is approved into the program, the information collection burden decreases for the continual participation process. A participant verifies intent to continue participation and its customer/business information annually, and on a periodic basis submits proficiency testing reports to evaluate analytical proficiency, and QMS documentation in response to audits by AMS. The information listed is essential to examine a participant’s ability to continually meet program requirements and maintain program status. Occasionally, a participant withdraws, is suspended, or is dismissed from a program. When a participant withdraws it submits a letter of request. When a participant requests voluntary suspension or is suspended by LAS it may request reinstatement of approval and must demonstrate its ability to meet program requirements through the continual participation process. On the rare occasion a participant fails to continually meet program requirements the participant may be notified of its danger of being dismissed. The dismissal process includes an evaluation using the continual participation process to substantiate reason for dismissal. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 2.24 hours per response. Respondents: Laboratories. Estimated Number of Respondents: 60. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 538. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 8.97. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 1204.00. 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[FR Doc. 2020–11187 Filed 5–22–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): 2020/2021 Income Eligibility Guidelines Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (‘‘Department’’) announces adjusted income eligibility guidelines to be used by State agencies in determining the income eligibility of persons applying to participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). These income eligibility guidelines are to be used in conjunction with the WIC Regulations. DATES: Implementation date July 1, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sara Olson, Chief, Policy Branch, Supplemental Food Programs Division, FNS, USDA, 1320 Braddock Place, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, (703) 605– 4013. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Executive Order 12866 This notice is exempt from review by the Office of Management and Budget under Executive Order 12866. Regulatory Flexibility Act This action is not a rule as defined by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601–612) and thus is exempt from the provisions of this Act. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 This notice does not contain reporting or recordkeeping requirements subject to approval by the Office of Management and Budget in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3507). Executive Order 12372 This program is listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Programs under No. 10.557, and is subject to the provisions of Executive PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 31433 Order 12372, which requires intergovernmental consultation with State and local officials (7 CFR part 3015, subpart V, 48 FR 29100, June 24, 1983, and 49 FR 22675, May 31, 1984). Description Section 17(d)(2)(A) of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1786(d)(2)(A)), requires the Secretary of Agriculture to establish income criteria to be used with nutritional risk criteria in determining a person’s eligibility for participation in the WIC Program. The law provides that persons will be income-eligible for the WIC Program if they are members of families that satisfy the income standard prescribed for reduced-price school meals under section 9(b) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1758(b)). Under section 9(b), the income limit for reduced-price school meals is 185 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines, as adjusted. Section 9(b) also requires that these guidelines be revised annually to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index. The annual revision for 2020 was published by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) at 85 FR 3060, January 17, 2020. The guidelines published by HHS are referred to as the ‘‘poverty guidelines.’’ Program Regulations at 7 CFR 246.7(d)(1) specify that State agencies may prescribe income guidelines either equaling the income guidelines established under Section 9 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act for reduced-price school meals, or identical to State or local guidelines for free or reduced-price health care. However, in conforming WIC income guidelines to State or local health care guidelines, the State cannot establish WIC guidelines which exceed the guidelines for reduced-price school meals, or which are less than 100 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines. Consistent with the method used to compute income eligibility guidelines for reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program, the poverty guidelines were multiplied by 1.85 and the results rounded upward to the next whole dollar. At this time, the Department is publishing the maximum and minimum WIC income eligibility guidelines by household size for the period of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Consistent with section 17(f)(17) of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1786(f)(17)), a State agency may implement the revised WIC income eligibility guidelines concurrently with the implementation of income eligibility E:\FR\FM\26MYN1.SGM 26MYN1 31434 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 101 / Tuesday, May 26, 2020 / Notices guidelines under the Medicaid Program established under Title XIX of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396, et seq.). State agencies may coordinate implementation with the revised VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:08 May 22, 2020 Jkt 250001 Medicaid guidelines, i.e., earlier in the year, but in no case may implementation take place later than July 1, 2020. State agencies that do not coordinate implementation with the PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 revised Medicaid guidelines must implement the WIC income eligibility guidelines on or before July 1, 2020. BILLING CODE 3410–30–P E:\FR\FM\26MYN1.SGM 26MYN1 VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:08 May 22, 2020 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\26MYN1.SGM 26MYN1 31435 EN26MY20.003</GPH> Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 101 / Tuesday, May 26, 2020 / Notices 31436 BILLING CODE 3410–30–C VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:08 May 22, 2020 The table of this Notice contains the income limits by household size for the Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48 contiguous States, the District of Columbia, and all United States E:\FR\FM\26MYN1.SGM 26MYN1 EN26MY20.004</GPH> Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 101 / Tuesday, May 26, 2020 / Notices Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 101 / Tuesday, May 26, 2020 / Notices Territories, including Guam. Separate tables for Alaska and Hawaii have been included for the convenience of the State agencies because the poverty guidelines for Alaska and Hawaii are higher than for the 48 contiguous States. Authority: 42 U.S.C. 1786. Pamilyn Miller, Administrator,Food and Nutrition Service. [FR Doc. 2020–11251 Filed 5–22–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Emergency Food Assistance Program; Availability of Foods for Fiscal Year 2020 Food and Nutrition Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces the surplus and purchased foods that the Department expects to make available for donation to States for use in providing nutrition assistance to the needy under The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. The foods made available under this notice must, at the discretion of the State, be distributed to eligible recipient agencies (ERAs) for use in preparing meals and/or for distribution to households for home consumption. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel Schoenian, Policy Branch, Food Distribution Division, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1320 Braddock Place, Alexandria, Virginia 22314 or telephone (703) 305–2937. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the provisions set forth in the Emergency Food Assistance Act of 1983 (EFAA), 7 U.S.C. 7501, et seq., and the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, 7 U.S.C. 2036, the Department makes foods available to States for use in providing nutrition assistance to those in need through TEFAP. In accordance with section 214 of the EFAA, 7 U.S.C. 7515, 60 percent of each State’s share of TEFAP foods is based on the number of people with incomes below the poverty level within the State and 40 percent on the number of unemployed persons within the State. State officials are responsible for establishing the network through which the foods will be used by ERAs in providing nutrition assistance to those in need and for allocating foods among those ERAs. States have full discretion in determining the amount of foods that will be made available to ERAs for use in preparing meals and/or for distribution to households for home consumption. The types of foods the Department expects to make available to States for distribution through TEFAP in FY 2020 are listed in the table below. Surplus Foods Surplus foods donated for distribution under TEFAP are Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) foods purchased under the authority of section 416 of the Agricultural Act of 1949, 7 U.S.C. 1431 (section 416) and foods purchased under the surplus removal authority of section 32 of the Act of August 24, 1935, 7 U.S.C. 612c (section 32). The types of foods typically purchased under section 416 include dairy, grains, oils, and peanut products. The types of foods purchased under section 32 include meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, dry beans, juices, and fruits. In FY 2019 and FY 2020, the Department is using CCC authority in the CCC Charter Act of 1948, 15. U.S.C. 714, to implement a Food Purchase and Distribution Program (FPDP). The FPDP 31437 purchases surplus foods affected by trade retaliation for distribution through TEFAP and other federal nutrition programs. Approximately $243.58 million in surplus and $305.15 million in FPDP foods acquired in FY 2019 are being delivered to States in FY 2020. Surplus foods include Alaska pollock, apricots, beans, cheese, cherries, chicken, eggs, orange juice, peaches, pears, plums, raisins, salmon, strawberries, and walnuts. FPDP foods include apples, beans, beef, butter, cheese, corn, grapes, hazelnuts, lentils, milk, oranges, peanut butter, pecans, pistachios, plums, pork, potatoes, raisins, and rice. Other surplus and FPDP foods may be made available to TEFAP throughout the year. The Department would like to point out that food acquisitions are based on changing agricultural market conditions; therefore, the availability of foods is subject to change. Purchased Foods In accordance with section 27 of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, 7 U.S.C. 2036, the Secretary is directed to purchase $317.5 million worth of foods in FY 2020 for distribution through TEFAP. These foods are made available to States in addition to those surplus and FPDP foods which otherwise might be provided to States for distribution under TEFAP. For FY 2020, the Department anticipates purchasing the foods listed in the following table for distribution through TEFAP. The amounts of each item purchased will depend on the prices the Department must pay, as well as the quantity of each item requested by the States. Changes in agricultural market conditions may result in the availability of additional types of foods or the non-availability of one or more types listed in the table. FY 2020 USDA FOODS AVAILABLE LIST FOR THE EMERGENCY FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (TEFAP) FRUITS: Apples, Braeburn, Fresh ................................................................................... Apples, Empire, Fresh ....................................................................................... Apples, Fuji, Fresh ............................................................................................ Apples, Gala, Fresh ........................................................................................... Apples, Granny Smith, Fresh ............................................................................ Apples, Red Delicious, Fresh ............................................................................ Apples, Fresh .................................................................................................... Apple Juice, 100%, Unsweetened .................................................................... Apple Slices, Unsweetened, Frozen (IQF) ........................................................ Applesauce, Unsweetened, Canned ................................................................. Applesauce, Unsweetened, Cups, Shelf-Stable ............................................... Apricots, Halves, Extra Light Syrup, Canned .................................................... Cherry Apple Juice, 100%, Unsweetened ........................................................ Cranberry Apple Juice, 100%, Unsweetened ................................................... Cranberries, Dried, Individual Portion ............................................................... Grape Juice, Concord, 100%, Unsweetened .................................................... Grapefruit Juice, 100%, Unsweetened .............................................................. Fruit and Nut Mix, Dried .................................................................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:08 May 22, 2020 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 VEGETABLES: Beans, Green, Low-sodium, Canned. Carrots, Diced, No Salt Added, Frozen. Carrots, Sliced, Low-sodium, Canned. Corn, Whole Kernel, No Salt Added, Canned. Corn, Cream, Low sodium, Canned. Mixed Vegetables, 7-Way Blend, Low-sodium, Canned. Peas, Green, Low-sodium, Canned. Peas, Green, No Salt Added, Frozen. Potatoes, Dehydrated Flakes. Potatoes, Round, Fresh. Potatoes, Russet, Fresh. Potatoes, Sliced, Low-sodium, Canned. Pumpkin, No Salt Added, Canned. Spaghetti Sauce, Low-sodium, Canned. Spinach, Low-sodium, Canned. Tomato Juice, 100%, Low-sodium. Tomato Sauce, Low-sodium, Canned. Tomato Sauce, Low-sodium, Canned (K) (H). E:\FR\FM\26MYN1.SGM 26MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food and Nutrition Service


Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and 
Children (WIC): 2020/2021 Income Eligibility Guidelines

AGENCY: Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (``Department'') announces 
adjusted income eligibility guidelines to be used by State agencies in 
determining the income eligibility of persons applying to participate 
in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and 
Children (WIC). These income eligibility guidelines are to be used in 
conjunction with the WIC Regulations.

DATES: Implementation date July 1, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sara Olson, Chief, Policy Branch, 
Supplemental Food Programs Division, FNS, USDA, 1320 Braddock Place, 
Alexandria, Virginia 22314, (703) 605-4013.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Executive Order 12866

    This notice is exempt from review by the Office of Management and 
Budget under Executive Order 12866.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    This action is not a rule as defined by the Regulatory Flexibility 
Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612) and thus is exempt from the provisions of this 
Act.

Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

    This notice does not contain reporting or recordkeeping 
requirements subject to approval by the Office of Management and Budget 
in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 
3507).

Executive Order 12372

    This program is listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic 
Assistance Programs under No. 10.557, and is subject to the provisions 
of Executive Order 12372, which requires intergovernmental consultation 
with State and local officials (7 CFR part 3015, subpart V, 48 FR 
29100, June 24, 1983, and 49 FR 22675, May 31, 1984).

Description

    Section 17(d)(2)(A) of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended 
(42 U.S.C. 1786(d)(2)(A)), requires the Secretary of Agriculture to 
establish income criteria to be used with nutritional risk criteria in 
determining a person's eligibility for participation in the WIC 
Program. The law provides that persons will be income-eligible for the 
WIC Program if they are members of families that satisfy the income 
standard prescribed for reduced-price school meals under section 9(b) 
of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 
1758(b)). Under section 9(b), the income limit for reduced-price school 
meals is 185 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines, as adjusted.
    Section 9(b) also requires that these guidelines be revised 
annually to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index. The annual 
revision for 2020 was published by the Department of Health and Human 
Services (HHS) at 85 FR 3060, January 17, 2020. The guidelines 
published by HHS are referred to as the ``poverty guidelines.''
    Program Regulations at 7 CFR 246.7(d)(1) specify that State 
agencies may prescribe income guidelines either equaling the income 
guidelines established under Section 9 of the Richard B. Russell 
National School Lunch Act for reduced-price school meals, or identical 
to State or local guidelines for free or reduced-price health care. 
However, in conforming WIC income guidelines to State or local health 
care guidelines, the State cannot establish WIC guidelines which exceed 
the guidelines for reduced-price school meals, or which are less than 
100 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines. Consistent with the 
method used to compute income eligibility guidelines for reduced-price 
meals under the National School Lunch Program, the poverty guidelines 
were multiplied by 1.85 and the results rounded upward to the next 
whole dollar.
    At this time, the Department is publishing the maximum and minimum 
WIC income eligibility guidelines by household size for the period of 
July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Consistent with section 17(f)(17) 
of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1786(f)(17)), 
a State agency may implement the revised WIC income eligibility 
guidelines concurrently with the implementation of income eligibility

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guidelines under the Medicaid Program established under Title XIX of 
the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396, et seq.). State agencies may 
coordinate implementation with the revised Medicaid guidelines, i.e., 
earlier in the year, but in no case may implementation take place later 
than July 1, 2020. State agencies that do not coordinate implementation 
with the revised Medicaid guidelines must implement the WIC income 
eligibility guidelines on or before July 1, 2020.
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    The table of this Notice contains the income limits by household 
size for the 48 contiguous States, the District of Columbia, and all 
United States

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Territories, including Guam. Separate tables for Alaska and Hawaii have 
been included for the convenience of the State agencies because the 
poverty guidelines for Alaska and Hawaii are higher than for the 48 
contiguous States.

    Authority: 42 U.S.C. 1786.

Pamilyn Miller,
Administrator,Food and Nutrition Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-11251 Filed 5-22-20; 8:45 am]
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