WSR 03-03-072

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed January 15, 2003, 8:21 a.m. , effective March 1, 2003 ]

Date of Adoption: January 15, 2003.

Purpose: Amending WAC 388-460-0005 to update the language of the rule and remove references to obsolete methods of issuing food assistance.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-460-0005.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.510.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 02-23-085 on November 19, 2002.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Effective Date of Rule: March 1, 2003.

January 13, 2003

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

3189.1
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 98-16-044, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98)

WAC 388-460-0005   ((Authorized representative)) Can I choose someone to apply for Basic Food for my assistance ((benefits.)) unit?   ((An authorized representative is an adult who is not a member of the)) Your Basic Food assistance unit ((but has the knowledge and consent of the assistance unit)) (AU) can choose an adult who is not a member of the AU to act on their behalf. This is called an authorized representative.

(1) A responsible member of the ((food assistance unit)) AU can name, in writing, an authorized representative. ((An authorized representative has authority to:

(a) Apply for food assistance on behalf of the food assistance unit;

(b) Redeem the food coupon authorization (FCA) card for the unit; and

(c) Purchase food for the food assistance unit using the unit's authorized benefit allotment.

(2) A responsible member of the food assistance unit can name, in writing, an emergency authorized representative to transact a particular FCA card when no responsible member is able to transact the card. Both the responsible member of the food assistance unit and the person named must sign the written statement.

(3) The food assistance unit members are liable for any over-issuance that may result from information supplied to the department by the authorized representative.

(4) An authorized representative may act on behalf of more than one food assistance unit when approved by the CSO administrator)) A responsible member of the AU is either:

(a) The applicant;

(b) The applicant's spouse;

(c) Another member of the AU the applicant states is able to conduct business on behalf of all members in the AU.

(2) The AU's authorized representative has the authority to apply for Basic Food on the AU's behalf.

(3) If the authorized representative provides information to the department that causes an AU to have an overpayment, the AU members are liable for the overpayment.

(4) An authorized representative may act on behalf of more than one Basic Food AU only if the CSO Administrator approves.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090. 98-16-044, 388-460-0005, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98.]

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