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90. Can DTA act on other information they receive and change my SNAP benefits?

Under certain situations, DTA can make changes to your SNAP benefits during the middle of your interim reporting periods, even if you did not report a change. SNAP federal rules say that DTA may adjust your benefits if they receive information from a reliable third party that impacts your eligibility. 7 C.F.R. §273.12(a)(5)(vi)(B)(2).

Examples include when:

  • DTA gets confirmation  about the death of a family member through the Dept. of Public Health (DPH) Vital Records,
  • DTA gets confirmed information that the Department of Children and Families (DCF) has removed a child.
  • DTA gets confirmation from the Department of Corrections (DOC) that a household member has been incarcerated for 30 days or more.
  • DTA gets confirmed information from the Social Security Administration (SSA) about an increase or other change in SSI or Social Security benefits.

DTA has a master list of “primary source” data that they consider “verified upon receipt.” This means that DTA does not need additional verification from you household or another source to reduce or terminate benefits.

Sometimes there are errors with these data matches. For example, a Department of Corrections prison list may not have the correct date of release, or a child removed by DCF may have returned to the home. DTA should double check this information but problems have surfaced in the past. If your SNAP benefits mysteriously decrease and nothing in your household has changed, contact Legal Services. See Appendix E.  

DTA Policy Guidance:

Online Guide Sections:  SNAP > Reporting Requirements/Recertifications > Simplified Reporting/Interim Report and Cross Programs > External Agency Matches > Matches - Match Processing for SNAP Households  (for DTA’s  list of the data information considered “verified upon receipt.”) 


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