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OLGT 2016-39: Cross Program – Standard Utility Allowance (SUA) BEACON Changes and Updates to SNAP Reevaluation Forms


Documentation of responses on BEACON, in regards to utility questions, is an error prone area that contributes to the active SNAP error rate. It has been determined that including prefilled utility information and H-EAT dates on recertification forms confuse both clients and case managers, which leads to the incorrect recording of utility expenses on BEACON.

To mitigate these errors, DTA is enhancing the Standard Utility Allowance page and changing all SNAP Reevaluation forms. These changes are scheduled for implementation on August 29, 2016 with BEACON Build 48.5.

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