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LEAs that had an 80 percent (80%) or greater response rate in the 2017-2018 school year may choose to select an alternate option for verification. (Please see Attachment H, the list of schools with 80% or greater response rate based on 2017-2018 Income Verification, included in this memo). These schools may choose to use the Error Prone Sampling Method (explained above) or may choose one of the following sampling methods:

Random Sampling Method (Alternate 1)

LEAs must verify the lesser of three percent (3%) or 3,000 of the total number of approved applications on file as of October 1. The applications to be verified must be selected randomly.  The random sample should include both income applications and categorically eligible applications for children receiving SNAP/TANF/FDPIR benefits whose names do not appear on the direct certification matching list.

Focused Sampling Method (Alternate 2)

LEAs must verify the lesser of one percent (1%) or 1,000 of the total number of approved applications selected from income applications nearest the income eligibility guidelines (error prone applications); PLUS the lesser of half percent (½ %) or 500 of approved applications which reported a SNAP/TANF/FDPIR case number on an application instead of income information. 

Example:

The Focused Sampling Method could be accomplished as follows:

LEA with 900 approved applications which include 600 applications that reported a SNAP/TANF/FDPIR case number

1.  Count all approved applications, including applications reporting a SNAP/TANF/FDPIR case number to determine the number required to fill the one percent of income sample size

.01 (1%) x 900 = 9

2.  Separate applications into two groups:  

  • Income Applications (non-SNAP/TANF/FDPIR)
  • Applications reporting a SNAP/TANF/FDPIR case number

3.  From the income applications (non-SNAP/TANF/FDPIR) group, select the sample of households (9) from error prone applications. If you do not have enough error prone applications, select the remainder at random from the income applications.

4.  From the applications with a SNAP/TANF/FDPIR case number, determine the number required to fill the .5 percent sample size

.005 (.5 percent) x 600 = 3

5.  Choose the applications (3) from those that reported a SNAP/TANF/FDPIR case number.

6.  Perform the confirmation review on all selected applications and continue with all steps of verification.

*Note: 12 applications were verified in this example (9 income and 3 SNAP/TANF/FDPIR)

Last updated
July 18, 2018

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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)     mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
         Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
         1400 Independence Avenue, SW
         Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)     fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)     email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Los demás programas de asistencia nutricional del FNS, las agencias estatales y locales, y sus beneficiarios secundarios, deben publicar el siguiente Aviso de No Discriminación:

De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en ingles), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de seas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en linea en:http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Spanish_Form_508_Compliant_6_8_12_0.pdf. y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

(1)     correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture
         Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
         1400 Independence Avenue, SW
         Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)     fax: (202) 690-7442; o

(3)     correo electrónicoprogram.intake@usda.gov.

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