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Nov 18 -- Under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), States are required to operate an Employment and Training (E&T) program to help participants gain skills, education, training, and experience that lead to employment and greater economic self-sufficiency. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) seeks OMB approval for an Assessment of the Collection, Analysis, Validation, and Reporting of SNAP Employment and Training Data Project. The assessment will be carried out by Mathematica. FNS invites public comments by December 18, 2020.
 
Under the project, Mathematica will: (1) Identify and describe the current State and Federal systems that collect, validate, and analyze E&T data; (2) assess the current and future E&T data needs of Federal, Regional, and State staff; and (3) recommend a plan to improve how Federal, Regional, and State staff collect and use data for E&T program improvement and reporting. The data collection effort will culminate in a comprehensive final report of recommendations for FNS to meet its current and future data needs for the SNAP E&T program. The report will describe the current Federal, Regional, and State data systems and processes; the current and future data needs and goals of SNAP E&T; and the gaps between the current systems and data needs. The draft final report will be submitted in September 2021, and the final will be delivered in December 2021.
 
Submission to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202009-0584-001  Click on IC List for survey questions, View Supporting Statement for plans, methods, timeline.
SNAP E&T Data Needs Assessment project description: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/DownloadDocument?objectID=104927500
FR notice seeking comments: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/11/18/2020-25444/submission-for-omb-review-comment-request
 
Point of contact: Loretta Robertson, Senior Program Analyst, Office of Employment and Training, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA 703-605-3214 loretta.robertson@usda.gov

For AEA members wishing to provide comments, "A Primer on How to Respond to Calls for Comment on Federal Data Collections" is available at https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=5806

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