SNAP Partnership Grant
The purpose of the National Accuracy Clearinghouse (NAC) is to establish an interstate data exchange of program information for the purpose of eliminating or at a minimum reducing duplicate participation of clients in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Disaster Supplemental Assistance Program (D-SNAP).
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Food and Nutrition Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Fiscal Year 2014: FNS awarded a grant to a five State consortium (Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Alabama) in conjunction with OMB’s Partnership for Program Integrity and Innovation. The purpose is to develop the National Accuracy Clearinghouse database pilot to test a shared data clearinghouse, which will allow States to check in real, or near-real, time whether a SNAP applicant is already receiving SNAP benefits in another pilot State. The pilot launched in June 2014 and was operational through May 2015. A 6 month, 12 month and a final integrated report will be provided. FNS continues to offer guidance and technical support to the consortium to ensure that the project meets OMB’s objectives. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Consolidated Appropriation Act of 2010
Food & Nutrition Act of 2008, as Amended
The Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act of 1988, Public Law 111-117, 7 U.S.C 272.1 - 272.8.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Consortium of States will develop a national accuracy clearinghouse database. This database should inform the development of a more timely, large-scale data matching mechanism. Pilot operations began June 2, 2014. The pilot is operational through May 2015.
State agencies administering the SNAP and D-SNAP programs.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
A memorandum of agreement is necessary amongst the States who are receiving funds from the Partnership Fund award to test the NAC. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. .
The State Consortium submitted a proposal to the OMB Partnership Fund for Program Integrity Innovation for a grant to develop a National Accuracy Clearinghouse for reducing improper payments. After OMB approved the proposal for funding, FNS selected the State Consortium to receive the grant award to pilot test the NAC.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
The NAC will be used to (1) develop and implement a regional clearinghouse prototype in cooperation with a consortium of States and (2) fund evaluation activities to determine the efficacy of the solution and the savings from reduced improper payments across participating programs. Funds were awarded to Mississippi, the lead State agency who will distribute the grant amongst the following States: Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Alabama. States receiving the Partnership Funding to operate the NAC must establish an inter state database of program information to support Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) eligibility determinations by allowing States to determine whether an applicant is already receiving SNAP benefits in a different participating State. 100% of these funds are set aside for discretionary activities. The total of the funding is $23,390,000. OMB provided $890,000 in additional funds in September 2013.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. FNS will require the State consortium pilot testing the NAC to submit quarterly reports on the status of project activities.
FNS will submit an interim report to OMB within 18 months of receiving the transfer of funds from the Partnership Fund to pilot test the NAC. The State consortium that is pilot testing the NAC will submit quarterly financial status reports. Ongoing review of quarterly progress and financial reports to monitor the grantee’s project activities to ensure that the objectives, terms and conditions of the agreement are met;
Periodic technical assistance to provide oversight on project activities including review of project plans and milestones;
Monthly project status meetings with State agencies and representatives for the purposes of technical assistance, training, problem solving, and sharing successful ideas.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. To Be Determined
State agencies must maintain records as necessary to support the use of the funding to pilot test the NAC in accordance with the Grant Agreement. Such records must be retained for a period of 3 years after the date of submission of the final report for the fiscal year to which the records pertain. In the event of an audit finding the records must be maintained until audit resolution is completed or as noted above.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 7, Chapter II, Part 272.1, Subpart (c)(1)(i). 272.8(a)(2).
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds should be expended within 26 months. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Jane C. Duffield 3101 Park Center Drive Room 818, Alexandria, Virginia 22302 Email: Jane.Duffield@fns.usda.gov
No Data Available
(Salaries) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The total amount of the award is $2,500,000, which was awarded March 2012, in which $2,000,000 will be used for development of interfaces for the six states and the database. $500,000 will be reserved to fund an evaluation.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
7 CFR 272.1 (c)(1)(i) and 272.8(a)(2)
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: FNS awarded a grant to a five State consortium (Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Alabama) in conjunction with OMB’s Partnership for Program Integrity and Innovation. The purpose is to develop the National Accuracy Clearinghouse database pilot to test a shared data clearinghouse, which will allow States to check in real, or near-real, time whether a SNAP applicant is already receiving SNAP benefits in another pilot State. The pilot launched in June 2014 and was operational through May 2015. A 6 month, 12 month and a final integrated report will be provided by the grantee to FNS. Fiscal Year 2015: FNS continues to offer guidance and technical support to the consortium to ensure that the project meets OMB’s objectives. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available