Child and Adult Care Food Program: Increasing the Duration of Tiering Determinations for Day Care Homes
This final rule amends the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) regulations to implement a provision of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 that increases the duration of the tiering status determinations from three years to five years for family or group day care homes participating in CACFP. This change, which was effective on June 30, 2004, applies only to tiering status determinations based on the eligibility of elementary school children for free or reduced price school meals. Day care homes that are located in the attendance areas of elementary schools in which at least half of the enrolled children are certified eligible to receive free or reduced price school meals receive higher reimbursement rates (tier I) for CACFP meals served to children in care.
Food Stamp Program: High Performance Bonuses
This rule finalizes amendments to the Food Stamp Program (FSP) regulations that were proposed in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), ``Food Stamp Program High Performance Bonuses'', published on December 17, 2003 in the Federal Register. The NPRM proposed regulations that would implement section 4120 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (FSRIA) which authorized the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to award bonuses to States that demonstrate high or improved performance in administering the FSP. The NPRM proposed performance measures for the high performance bonuses for fiscal year (FY) 2005 and beyond. It also proposed the data that would be used to measure the identified performance. This final rule summarizes and discusses the comments we received as well as adjusts the regulatory language when necessary in response to those comments.