" The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides state agencies with the option to request a statewide waiver of the Administrative Review cycle for the School Nutrition Programs (SNPs). TDA is requesting a statewide waiver from USDA to perform SNP Administrative Reviews on a four-year cycle and to waive the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) reviews for CEs with no findings during an Administrative Review conducted in the same school year.
USDA Memo, SP 12-2019, Flexibility for the Administrative Review Cycle Requirement (February 22, 2019) describes the option for state agencies to request a waiver of the required three-year Administrative Review cycle, including Procurement Reviews (7 CFR 210.18). TDA is requesting a statewide waiver from USDA to implement a four-year review cycle. There are approximately 1,250 CEs operating a School Nutrition Program (SNP) each year. On a three-year cycle, TDA conducts approximately 415 reviews each year. On a four-year cycle, TDA’s goal is to complete approximately 315 reviews each year.
In addition, TDA is requesting to waive the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) review for CEs with no findings during an Administrative Review conducted in the same school year (7 CFR 210.18). TDA has found that when there no findings in an Administrative Review, the CE usually has no findings in an SSO review conducted in the same year.
By extending the review cycle to four years, TDA staff will be able to direct additional resources to provide technical assistance, reduce the time needed to conduct the total number of reviews, and allocate additional resources to identify and support the needs of high-risk SFAs.