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B. J. Walker, Commissioner

Georgia Department of Human Resources • Division of Family and Children Services • Mark A. Washington, Assistant Commissioner               Two Peachtree Street, Suite 19-490 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3142 • 404-651-8409 • 404-657-5105

June 26, 2009

OFFICE OF FAMILY INDEPENDENCE MANUAL TRANSMITTAL 2009-27

Volume 3 Food Stamp Program

Manual Transmittal 27

TO:                 County Directors of Family and Children Services

                       State Directors

OFI Regional Managers

                       OFI State Operations Staff

                       OFI FS Program Specialists

FROM:Kathy Herren, Deputy Director

Division of Family and Children Services  

RE:  Updates to the Food Stamp Program Manual

PURPOSE

The purpose of this transmittal is to add the Face-to-Face Interview Waiver requirements to the application processing and review sections of the manual.  Based on the waiver, telephone interviews may be conducted at each initial application or review regardless of hardship status. Documentation of hardship status is not required. A face-to-face interview may be conducted if requested by the household or if the agency determines that one is appropriate.  To align Program policy with federal regulations, the delay reasons for cases exceeding the SOP have been defined as agency delay or client delay. Participation has been defined, and procedures for COMPASS applications have also been included.  This transmittal also clarifies and updates policies for ABAWDS, citizenship/alien status, resources, and reviews.  Effective 2/1/09, the state was granted a statewide ABAWD waiver.  ABAWDS who live in Georgia are waived from the 3-month time limit and from participation in the E&T program until January 31, 2010.  Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, all counties are exempt from the 3-month time limit and from participation in the E&T program until September 30, 2010.  The eligibility criteria for Afghan and Iraqi immigrants and retirement accounts excluded by the 2008 Farm Bill have also been included in the manual.         

DISCUSSION

This transmittal includes policy clarifications that are contained in the following sections:

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