Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Recipient Integrity Information Technology Grants
The purpose of the Recipient Integrity Information Technology Grant (RIIT) is to provide funding for State agencies to implement new Information Technology (IT) systems to assist with the prevention, detection, and prosecution/resolution of SNAP recipient trafficking cases. The goal of this grant is to improve outcomes for State agencies by establishing case management systems that allow real time monitoring of SNAP cases, which will assist in enforcing SNAP program regulations.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Food and Nutrition Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Fiscal Year 2014: Data collection and analysis was completed. Fiscal Year 2015: The study report was completed and the report is released and is posted at http://www.fns.usda.gov/assessment-contributions-interview-supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-eligibility-and-benefit. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, Section 29, Public Law 113-79, 7 U.S.C 2036b.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
This grant opportunity is open to the 53 State agencies that administer SNAP. FNS will consider only one application per State agency. There is no State matching requirement for this grant program.
Agreements are established between State agencies and FNS. State agencies use funds to develop case management and tracking systems devoted to recipient trafficking prevention, detection and prosecution/resolution.
Specific instructions provided in Request for Application. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application package should be prepared in accordance with instructions in the Request for Application (RFA) and submitted to the Food and Nutrition Service by the deadline specified.
All applications that meet the published deadline for submission will be screened for completeness and conformity to the requirements as announced in the RFA package. Grants are awarded by a competitive process via a technical review panel composed of Food and Nutrition Service staff which convenes to determine the technical merit of each grant application, provide a numerical score and make recommendations to selecting officials.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. The deadline for submission will be stipulated in the Request for Applications.
Clyde Thompson, 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 22302
Phone: (703) 305-2461.
Non-selected applicants may request a debriefing to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of submitted proposals.
How are proposals selected?
The review panel will score and rank applications using Technical Review Criteria which includes: (1) Soundness or Merit of Project Design; (2) Implementation and Evaluation; (3) Budget Appropriateness and Economic Efficiency; (4) Staff Capability and Management.
How may assistance be used?
Funds from the RIIT are to be used to create or improve State agency systems designed for efficient fraud case management and tracking. Funds from this pilot are for new projects and shall not be used for the ongoing cost of carrying out an existing project. Funds from this pilot will be used to provide the salaries, equipment, supplies, and other costs associated with the design and implementation of this IT system effectively and efficiently. The RIIT is not intended to fund new improvements to existing fraud detection or eligibility systems, improvements to data warehousing, or other large scale system or technology-based projects. Not intended to fund existing projects.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. The State agency will submit quarterly financial status reports and progress reports. A final report will be submitted by the State agency no later than 90 days after end of grant period. FNS will conduct an ongoing review of quarterly progress and financial reports to monitor the grantee’s project activities to ensure that the objectives, terms and conditions of the agreement are met. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," and nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
State agencies must maintain records as necessary to support the use of SNAP Grant funds in accordance with the Grant Agreement. Such records must be retained for a period of 3 years after the date of submission of the final report for the fiscal year to which the records pertain, except that if audit findings have not been resolved, the records shall be retained beyond the 3-year period as long as required for the resolution of the issues raised by the audit.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds should be expended within 36 months of identified start date. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Jane C. Duffield 3101 Park Center Drive Room 818, Alexandria, Virginia 22302 Email: Jane.Duffield@fns.usda.gov
(Salaries) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $7,500,000; and FY 16 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No current data available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
7 CFR 272.4(e)(1-4); 7 CFR 272.4(g); 7 CFR 273.2(f)(11)(B)(1-2); 7 CFR 273.13; 7 CFR 273.15; 7 CFR 273.16; 7 CFR 273.18
Examples of Funded Projects