During the course of the following discussion, the pronoun "we" is used to include the three Federal agencies (OFA, HCFA and FNS) administering public assistance programs unless otherwise specified.
"Applicant" and "recipient" are terms used generally for all public assistance programs.
OCSE-AT-86-06 March 25, 1986 TO: STATE AGENCIES ADMINISTERING CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT PLANS UNDER TITLE IV-D OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT AND OTHER INTERESTED INDIVIDUALS SUBJECT: Income and Eligibility Verification Procedures for Food Stamps, AFDC, State Administered Adult Assistance, Medicaid and Unemployment Compensation Programs ATTACHMENT: Attached are final regulations issued jointly by the Departments of Health and Human Services, Agriculture and Labor. Participating programs are required to share information to assist in the Child Support Enforcement program. 98-369, the Deficit Reduction Act of 1984, which requires Federally funded public assistance and unemployment compensation agencies to establish an income and eligibility verification system to make more accurate eligibility determinations and benefit payments by exchanging information with each other.Effective Date: These regulations are effective May 29, 1986. 20213 (202) 376-6636 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES On March 14, 1985, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was published in the Federal Register (50 FR 10450).FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For Food Stamps: Bonny O' Neil. This notice proposed to amend Parts 271, 272, 273 and 275 of Title 7, amend Parts 205, 206 and 232 of Chapter II of Title 45, amend Parts 431 and 435 of Chapter IV, Title 42 and add new Part 603 to Chapter V of Title 20 of the Code of Federal Regulations.The commenter may be correct that significant new savings may not accrue from wage and UIB matching in States that currently and effectively perform such activities for their AFDC and food stamp recipients.
However, even these States should achieve new savings from receipt of relevant SSA and IRS data.
A significant number of comments were also received on State agency reporting requirements involving the use of IEVS data.
The Federal agencies have considered the comments of the public and have adjusted the final regulations to reduce the reporting burden placed on the State public assistance agencies.
Although the final comment period closed on April 29, 1985, the three Departments accepted and considered all comments on the NPRM received by June 11, 1985.
Comments on the NPRM were received from 53 parties, 38 States, 6 client advocate groups, 4 local or county welfare agencies, 4 Federal agencies and 1 private citizen.
Director, Program Development Division, Family Nutrition Programs, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA, 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22302 (703) 756-3414 For AFDC and Adult Assistance Programs: Barbara M. Somsak, Director, Office of Quality Control Programs, BQC, Health Care Financing Administration, DHHS, Room 239 East High Rise Building, 6325 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21203 (301) 597-1354 For Unemployment Compensation: Carolyn M. Section 2651 of DEFRA amended the Social Security Act, the Food Stamp Act and the Internal Revenue Code for the purpose of enabling and requiring Federally funded public assistance and employment agencies to make more accurate eligibility determinations and benefit payments by exchanging information with each other and by obtaining unearned income data from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and other income and wage data from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and from State wage and Unemployment Insurance Benefit (UIB) data files.