WRMA is conducting the Identifying Program Components and Practices that Influence SNAP Application Processing Timeliness Ratesreferred to as the SNAP Timeliness Studyfor its customer, the Food and Nutrition Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Awarded in September 2015, the purpose of the study is to evaluate program components and practices in certifying applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) across all 50 States and the District of Columbia. Because many States experience challenges in certifying SNAP applications within required timeframes, the study is identifying specific practices that are associated with better SNAP application processing timeliness (APT) outcomes. The study has three objectives: (1) describe each State’s SNAP policy and operational procedures; (2) identify the policy and operational procedures that may impede or facilitate SNAP application processing timeliness; and (3) describe the associations between State policy and operational procedures and APT rates.

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