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Today, NSC submitted comments on the Food and Nutrition Service’s (FNS) interim rule on reporting measures for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T). As the Workforce Data Quality Campaign explains, SNAP E&T would report nationwide data on participant outcomes for the first time under the new rule.
The SNAP E&T metrics described in the interim rule closely align with the Workforce and Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) metrics on employment and earnings. In addition to requiring information on participant outcomes, the interim rule also requires states to report information on participant characteristics, including gender, age, high school diploma attainment, speaking English as a second language, voluntary or mandatory participation in SNAP E&T, and whether or not the participant is an able-bodied adult without dependents (ABAWD).
Overall, NSC supports FNS’s effort to provide better information on who is being served by SNAP E&T and their outcomes. Our comments make recommendations for improving the reporting measures so that they are consistent with WIOA measures, provide a fuller picture of who is receiving E&T services, and show the labor market outcomes associated with different E&T activities.
You can read NSC’s comments here.