CLASP Comments on SNAP E&T NPRM

The proposed SNAP E&T regulation largely implements provisions that were included in the bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill. In particular, we note that this proposed rule contains provisions implementing the 2018 Farm Bill's addition of subsidized employment as an allowable activity under SNAP E&T. FNS has not permitted states to implement this policy, instead requiring them to wait for rulemaking. In light of the current health and economic crisis, we urge FNS to immediately issue guidance allowing states to begin implementing subsidized employment as part of their E&T programs as soon as the health crisis permits people to safely return to work.