Strengthening Penalties For Fraud and Abuse; Improving Administrative Procedure
Provides that retail food stores do not include establishments which sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises other than certain specified types of establishments.
Provides that, with respect to cost adjustments in the thrifty food plan for the state of Alaska, Alaska means both urban and rural Alaska. Disallows, in computing household income, deductions for expenses paid by a third party on behalf of a household.
Eliminates provisions of the Food Stamp Act of 1977 requiring the Secretary to follow regulations in force as of June 1, 1977, when prescribing the types and allowable amounts of financial resources an eligible household may own.
Increases eligibility disqualification periods for fraud and misrepresentation.
Provides for permanent disqualification from the food stamp program for the third occasion of any such adjudication.
Disallows food stamp coupon users from receiving cash for change from food purchases.
Makes State agencies liable to the Secretary of Agriculture for the loss of coupons issued through the mail to the extent provided by this Act. Repeals the prohibition against the reduction of State or local public assistance to an individual because of receipt of food stamp allotments.
Directs approved retail food stores to display a sign providing information on how persons may report abuses in the operation of the food stamp program.
Requires that application forms for food stamp assistance inform the applicant that any information provided is subject to verification by Federal, State, and local officials.
Declares that food stamps may be denied to any applicant who knowingly provides incorrect information.
Repeals the 60-day transfer of certification for eligible households which move from one political subdivision to another.
Authorizes the Secretary to replace coupons stolen or destroyed after receipt by a household for any one month during a six-month period.
Prohibits replacement of coupons to households who lost or misplaced such coupons.
Authorizes State agencies to allow State and local law enforcement officials access to applicant information for the purpose of investigating possible violations of the food stamp program.
Authorizes State agencies with a written statement from a household containing information that requires reduction or termination of such household's benefits, to reduce or terminate such benefits immediately prior to an administrative hearing.
Directs State agencies to restore food stamp benefits promptly upon the request of households, or other such notification, when such benefits were wrongfully denied or terminated, except in cases where such denial occurred more than one year before such notification.
Authorizes State agencies to utilize unemployment and social security information to the extent permitted under the Social Security Act. Amends the Food Stamp Act Amendments of 1980 to change the effective date for disclosure of internal revenue returns information by the Social Security Administration, the Department of Agriculture, and State food stamp agencies from January 1, 1982, to January 1, 1983.
Eliminates the requirement that the Secretary supplement the nutrition education program with printed materials designed for persons with low reading and comprehension levels.
Provides minimum mandatory sentences for violations of the Food Stamp Act of 1977, including a work restitution program.
Eliminates the requirement for the Secretary to establish staffing standards for State agencies.
Provides for an increase in the federally funded share of administrative costs to State agencies whose quality control programs result in less than the nationwide percentage of errors.
Requires certain household members to furnish their social security numbers to State agencies for the administration of the food stamp program.
Makes households in which all of the members are recipients of aid to families with dependent children (AFDC) under the Social Security Act eligible for cash payments in the value of allotments to which such households are entitled.
Directs the Secretary to evaluate the feasibility, benefits, and disadvantages of adjusting household allotments with respect to the age and sex of household members including an evaluation of the individualized allotment issues and conclusions in a certain report made by the General Accounting Office on June 13, 1978.
Requires the Secretary to submit the results of such evaluation to the Congress no later than July 1, 1982.
Terminates the requirement for the Secretary to report annually to the Congress on the effect of eliminating fee charges for food stamp allotments.
Eliminates the requirement for reports by:
(1) the Secretary of Agriculture on the feasibility of recovering excessive food stamp benefits through Federal income tax data; and
(2) the Director of the Congressional Budget Office on the review of the various consumer price indexes.
Authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct two pilot projects in which households that consist entirely of recipients of aid to families with dependent children and recipients of supplemental security income under the Social Security Act, whose income does not exceed certain nonfarm income poverty guidelines, shall be deemed to have satisfied application requirements prescribed by this Act.