FNS May 25, 2016
Individual Food Stamp participants who refuse or fail to comply with work registration requirements without good cause and who do not meet another work registration exemption are placed in conciliation. The conciliation process is an automated process for those who indicate at the time of application they voluntarily quit a job or reduced the number of hours worked. If it is determined by the eligibility specialist that an EU member refused an offer of employment without good cause, update the Job Quit/Work Reduction (FMMT) () screen appropriately. FAMIS creates and sends the EU an FA-601 Informational Notice specifying the requirement of work registration, the consequences of noncompliance, and the time period in which the member must comply. If the non-complying EU member contacts the eligibility specialist, determine:
- if the non-complying member meets an exemption or exclusion (see 1105.025.50.05 Exemption or Exclusion From Work Registration), or
- if the non-complying member had good cause for failure to cooperate (see 1105.025.35 Determining Good Cause for Work Registration Components)
If it is determined the individual meets a work registration exemption or exclusion, go to the Employment Assessment (FMMS) screen and add the appropriate work assessment code and status code.
Refer to Section 1105.025.35 Determining Good Cause for Work Registration Components for FAMIS instructions when it is determined the non-complying EU member has good cause.
Compliance can occur at any point in the ten-calendar day conciliation period. When it is determined the registrant has cooperated the noncompliance is cured. Refer to 1105.025.75 Reapplication After Sanctioning for Work Registration (METP) for handling compliance if the certification expires during the ten calendar day conciliation period.
There may be instances in which the non-complying EU member is sanctioned and it is later learned the individual complied within the ten calendar day conciliation period. When this occurs add the individual back to the case by deleting the sanction following the instructions in the Deleting a Sanction or Disqualification user guide. Complete an eligibility determination (EDRES). If the case was closed, the supervisor must cancel close the case. If the individual became exempt or had good cause prior to the sanction, but did not notify FSD of the exemption or good cause, the sanction is imposed. End the sanction with the date of the report as the compliance date.
If the registrant does not comply during the conciliation period, FAMIS creates a sanction on the Sanction/Disqualification (FMAM) screen and sends the FA-510, Adverse Action Notice, on the first business day following the conciliation period to remove the non-complying member or close the case of single-person EUs.