WSR 11-02-070

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed January 5, 2011, 7:50 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The community services division (CSD) is proposing to amend WAC 388-410-0035 Alien and alien sponsor cash, and food assistance overpayments and related rules to comply with recent changes to federal regulations as published in the Federal Register, December 15, 2010 (Vol. 75, No. 240), supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP): Clarifications and corrections to recipient claim establishment and collection standards.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, and 74.04.510.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: On December 15, 2010, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service published the final regulation, "Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Clarifications and Corrections to Recipient Claim Establishment and Collection Standards["] to correct and clarify provisions of final rules on recipient claims published at 65 F.R. 41752 on July 6, 2000. The department is proposing to amend its rules to comply with federal SNAP recipient claim establishment and collection regulations and implement the changes to Washington Administrative Code as required.

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 a proposal 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 Robert L. Thibodeau, Program Manager - Basic Food, Community Services Division, P.O. Box 45440, Olympia, WA 98504-5440, phone (360) 725-4634, fax (360) 725-4905.

January 3, 2010

Katherine I. Vasquez

Rule[s] Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office