WSR 02-01-098

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed December 17, 2001, 3:20 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 388-406-0055 Date of eligibility for approved applications, and related sections.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.510, 7 C.F.R. 273.14.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The current rule is in conflict with federal rules that specify the eligibility date for food assistance households. This revision will bring Washington state rules into conformity with the federal rules. It will maximize the probability of payment accuracy in the recertification process.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: USDA - Food and Nutrition Service.

Process for Developing New Rule: DSHS welcomes the public to take part in developing the rule. Anyone interested in participating should contact the staff person indicated below. After the department drafts the rule, it will file a copy with the Office of the Code Reviser with a notice of proposed rule making, and send a copy to everyone currently on the mailing list and anyone else 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 Steve Pargman, Program Manager, Division of Employment and Assistance Programs, P.O. Box 45470, Olympia, WA 98504-4570, (360) 413-3073, fax (360) 413-3493, e-mail pargmse@dshs.wa.gov.

December 17, 2001

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office