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Details of Tracking Number  2015-00852

CCR details

Tracking Number 2015-00852
Type of Filing Permanent Rule
Department 500,1008,2500 Department of Human Services
Agency 2506 Food Assistance Program (Volume 4B)
CCR Number 10 CCR 2506-1

Proposed rule

Notice Filed with SOS 12/18/2015
Rule ProposedRuleAttach2015-00852.doc
Statutory Authority 26-1-107; 26-1-109; 26-1-111; 26-2-301; 26-2-302, C.R.S. (2015)
Applicable Federal Provisions Pub. L. 113-79 (Agricultural Act of 2014); 7 U.S.C. Sections 2011-2036; 7 CFR– 273.10(f); 7 CFR 273.12; 7 CFR 273.12(a)(5)(i)
Description of Subjects/Issues #15-10-23-1: Aligning Food Assistance Certification Periods and Change Reporting Requirements
Purpose/Objective of Rule The purpose of the proposed rule change is to further align certification periods and change reporting requirements among Food Assistance households. Further alignment simplifies administration of the Program, decreases county and state workload, and simplifies system design and policy interpretation and application, all of which reduce the risk of untimely and inaccurate eligibility decisions. The Colorado Food Assistance Program currently has three different certification period lengths and two different types of change reporting requirements that are assigned to households based on the circumstances of the household. Households can either have a three-month, six-month, or twenty-four-month certification period (10 CCR 2506-1, Sections 4.208 – 4.208.1), and some households only have limited reporting requirements, known as Simplified Reporting, while other households have to report all changes in household circumstances (Section 4.603). Colorado is proposing to eliminate the three month certification period and to include all households under Simplified Reporting. The proposed rule change will assign ABAWD households a six-month certification period, and their change reporting requirements would be the same as every other Food Assistance household. This would result in the Colorado Food Assistance Program having two certification period lengths, rather than three, and one type of change reporting requirement rather than two. When including ABAWD households under Simplified Reporting, the ABAWD is still required to report when his/her work hours reduce below twenty (20) hours per week, averaged monthly. Additional language is being added to clarify this reporting requirement. The United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (USDA, FNS) has been notified of the proposed changes and supports Colorado’s pursuit of continued alignment of policies among all Food Assistance households.
Regulatory analysis RegulatoryAnalysisAttachment2015-00852.doc
Comments Adopted 2/5/16, eff. 4/1/16. Need AGO by COB 2/23/16 for SoS submittal on 2/24/16.
Submitted in response to issues raised by COLS/OLLS? No
Is this rule adopted in response to recent legislation? No
Hearing Date 02/05/2016
Hearing Time 10:00 AM
Hearing Location Colorado Department of Human Services, 8th Floor C-Stat Room, 1575 Sherman Street, Denver, CO 80203
Contact Name Amanda Dyer
Contact Title Food Assistance Program
Contact Telephone 303-866-2538
Contact email amanda.dyer@state.co.us

Adopted rule

Adopted Rules AdoptedRules02015-00852.DOC
Adopting agency State Board of Human Services: #15-10-23-1 Aligning FA Certification Periods and Change Reporting
Adopted Date 02/05/2016
AGO requested date 02/10/2016
Attorney General Opinion 02/22/2016
Colorado Register publication date 03/10/2016
Effective Date 04/01/2016
Inserted into CCR 03/31/2016