Policy Briefings

Regulatory/Rulemaking Actions:

Agency: USDA – Food and Nutrition Service 

Action:  Request for comments by  June 26, 2023

Does it matter: This study seeks to describe the key characteristics of State Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) agencies’ customer service strategies through in-depth case studies in up to 9 States, review the current literature on customer service, particularly in government social safety net programs, and identify promising practices in improving, measuring, and monitoring customer service in SNAP.  

Agency: USDA – Food and Nutrition Service 

Action:  Request for comments by  July 7, 2023

Does it matter: The Operational Challenges in Child Nutrition Programs (OCCNP) Surveys, are designed to collect timely data on emerging school food service operational challenges, including but not limited to supply chain disruptions, food costs, and labor shortages. The ability to collect this data will allow FNS to provide the best possible support to States and program sponsors and operators facing continued food service operations challenges and enable FNS to respond more quickly and effectively to potential disruptions in the future.  

Agency: USDA – Rural Housing Service

Action:  Submission of application by  July 17, 2023

Does it matter: Notice of funding available for Native CDFIs to apply for the Native CDFI Relending Demonstration Program for fiscal year (FY) 2023. The program has $7,502,000 available for FY 23. These loans will be made to qualified NCDFIs to relend funds to low-and very low-income ultimate recipients to acquire, build, rehabilitate, improve, or relocate dwellings on Tribal Land in rural areas. 

Agency: USDA – Farm Service Agency

Action: Requests for application (ongoing until enough applications received)

Does it matter: Opportunity for interested eligible entities, including cooperatives, credit unions, and nonprofit organizations certified to operate as a lender, to apply for loans under the Heirs’ Property Relending Program. Approved entities will serve as intermediaries who will relend HPRP funds for projects that assist heirs with undivided ownership interests to resolve ownership and succession issues on farmland that has multiple owners.