IM-113 06/19/01 SHORTENING FOOD STAMP CERTIFICATIONS/INSUFFICIENT INFORMATION
|SHORTENING FOOD STAMP CERTIFICATION /INSUFFICIENT INFORMATION|
|Regulatory changes effective June 1, 2001,
require action be taken to close a food stamp case when a change is reported
with unclear or insufficient information to determine the impact on the
household's benefits. Do not shorten the certification period using
the Notice of Shortened Certification/Expiration of Food Stamp Benefits
Prior to closing the case the assistance group must be told in writing what action they are required to take. When a change is reported with unclear or insufficient information to determine the impact on the household's food stamp eligibility and benefit level, send the household a Request for Information (IM-31A) listing the information needed to process the change. If the household fails to provide, or the worker is unable to obtain the required information, send a Notice of Adverse Action (IM-80) to close the case. Close the case the month following the month in which the IM-80 expires.
Changes to the Food Stamp Manual are forthcoming.