PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)
[Filed April 21, 2020, 11:30 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The community services division is planning to amend WAC 388-444-0015 How can the basic food employment and training (BF E&T) program help me find work?, 388-444-0025 What expenses will the department pay to help me participate in BF E&T?, and other related rules as may be required.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050
, 7 U.S.C. 2015 (d)(1), and 7 C.F.R. § 273.7.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Changes proposed under this filing will clarify and better align rule language with current federal regulations.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) enforces the provisions of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as enacted in the 2008 Food and Nutrition Act and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations. The department will amend rules that are consistent with the act, federal regulations, and FNS administrative notices and formal guidance.
The state legislature authorizes the department to administer SNAP and food assistance program for legal immigrants under RCW 74.04.500
, and 74.08A.120
Department of social and health services (DSHS) incorporates regulations from the federal agencies, exercises state options, and implements approved waivers of federal regulatory requirements by adopting administrative rules for food assistance programs administered under the Washington Basic Food program,
Process for Developing New Rule: DSHS welcomes the public to take part in developing the rules. Anyone interested should contact the staff persons 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 Bessie Williams, BFET Program Manager, Economic Services Administration, Community Services Division, P.O. Box 45470, Olympia, WA 98504-5470, phone 360-725-4936, fax 360-725-4905, email Bessie.email@example.com; or Felicia Talbott, BFET Program Manager, Economic Services Administration, Community Service Division, P.O. Box 45470, Olympia, WA 98504-5470, phone 360-725-4653, fax 360-725-4905, email Felicia.Talbott@dshs.wa.gov.
April 21, 2020
Katherine I. Vasquez