When an EU refuses to cooperate with a QC review, the entire EU is subject to sanction. A sanction will close the food stamp case. The EU is sanctioned from the food stamp program until 125 days after the end of the annual review period or the EU cooperates with the quality control review.
The annual review period is from October 1 through September 30 following the Federal governments’ fiscal year. The EU is ineligible until February 2, of the next year.
EXAMPLE: QC reports that an EU refused to cooperate with a review of its case for the sample month of September 2012. The EU is not eligible for food stamp benefits until February 2, 2013 because the annual review period is October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012.
EXAMPLE: QC reports that an EU refused to cooperate with a review of its case for the sample month of October 2012. The EU is not eligible for food stamp benefits until February 2, 2014 because the annual review period is October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013.
The sanction is still entered even if the case is already closed. The EU is not eligible if they re-apply and will be denied until the sanction timeframe is up or they comply with QC.
When the EU’s sanction is complete, notify the QC reviewer of the action (s) taken on the food stamp case. Follow the instructions in the FAMIS User Guide Quality Control Sanction.