WSR 05-06-077

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed March 1, 2005, 4:09 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 388-273-0035 What we reimburse the local telephone company, DSHS reimburses local telephone companies for certain expenses associated with the Washington telephone assistance program (WTAP). This change will clarify the amount available to telephone companies for reimbursement of connection fees discounted for WTAP clients.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.770, 74.08.090.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: This rule needs to be changed to clarify payment limits for reimbursable services, and to keep the WTAP fund operating within budget.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: DSHS welcomes the public to take part in developing the rules. Anyone interested should contact the staff person identified below. At a later date, DSHS will file proposed with the Office of the Code Reviser with a notice of proposed rule making. A copy of the proposal will be sent to everyone on the mailing list and to anyone who requests a copy.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Amber Gillum, Policy Analyst, Division of Employment and Assistance Programs, P.O. Box 45470, Olympia, WA 98504-5470, phone (360) 725-4612, fax (360) 493-3493, e-mail gilluae@dshs.wa.gov.

March 1, 2005

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office