Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Social Services
State Board of Social Services
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [22 VAC 40 ‑ 601]
Repeal Section 50 Application Processing
Action 5540
General Information
Action Summary The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of eligible families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency. This regulation establishes the framework by which local departments of social services administer SNAP. The goal of the action is to repeal section 50. Currently, 22VAC40-601-50 allows for denial of applications for SNAP benefits after 30 days, if the local department of social services is unable to process the application because additional information is needed. Federal regulations permit this processing method. The agency amended this regulation to add section 50 as a potential local workload reduction effort and it became effective in 2011. However, full comprehension of federal requirements and system changes required for implementation have extinguished the impact on work reduction outcomes. Thorough evaluation of the application denial method revealed that timing of staff work activities would shift, but not necessarily result in a reduction.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [006420]
Result of Prior Periodic Review Filed 11/27/2018
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
8980 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 09/30/2020.
9186 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 04/15/2022.
9714 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 08/17/2023.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Celestine Jackson  / Human Services Consultant
Address: 7 N. Eighth Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)726-7376    FAX: (804)726-7356    TDD: ()-