June 24, 2022

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We just launched a SNAP Employment & Training (E&T) Resource Clearinghouse which includes resources for current and potential SNAP E&T third-party providers, state agency program staff, and state policymakers seeking information to develop and broaden organizational capacity in SNAP E&T programs. Check it out here!

In line with Congress, TWIW will take a brief hiatus for the 4th of July holiday; look for us back in your inbox on Friday, July 15. In the meantime, we’ll keep you apprised of any important updates, and you can also stay up to date with us on Twitter. We wish everyone a safe and festive holiday!

Legislative & Administration Updates

White House Issues Executive Order on LGBTQI+ Protections

On June 15th, the White House issued an Executive Order seeking to ensure equitable treatment for LGBTQI+ individuals. The EO specifically directs HHS to examine how to strengthen non-discrimination protections for LGBTQI+ individuals in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems and establishes an initiative to partner with states to eliminate disparities for LGBTQI+ individuals in child welfare. The EO further directs HHS to consider the impact of current federal standards on LGBTQI+ participation in public benefits and seeks to promote access and fair treatment for LGBTQI+ individuals in health care, schools, and housing.

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Keep Kids Fed Act of 2022 Passed in the Senate

Earlier this week the Senate passed the Keep Kids Fed Act of 2022, which will extend flexibilities for summer meals this summer to allow for all children to receive meals and extend some of the administrative and paperwork flexibilities through the 2022-23 school year. In addition, the bill will increase the reimbursement rate for school lunch, breakfast, and meals and snacks through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) by 40, 15, and 10 cents per meal, respectively, for the 2022-23 school year.

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FACT SHEET: The Biden-⁠Harris Administration Launches the Talent Pipeline Challenge

The Biden-Harris Administration is kicking off a summer-long Talent Pipeline Challenge to fill high quality jobs that will help rebuild infrastructure and supply chains. This is a nationwide call to action for employers, education and training providers, states, local, Tribal, and territorial governments, and philanthropic organizations to make tangible commitments that support equitable workforce development in three critical infrastructure sectors: Broadband, Construction, and “Electrification”.

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Child and Family Well-Being

ACF Releases Report on Investment in Economic Mobility

Assistant Secretary Contreras, with the HHS Administration for Children and Families (ACF), published a blog post stressing the fact that lifestyle essentials have become increasingly more expensive for families. Assistant Secretary Contreras stresses the importance of public-private partnerships between governmental agencies and local partners to promote individual career supports and include personal testimony from people with lived experience when considering program reforms to target multi-generational poverty.


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OPRE Announces New Funding Opportunity for Research Center to Support CCDF Lead Agencies

The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is seeking applications for a five-year cooperative agreement that will fund a Center to Support Research and Evaluation Capacity of Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) Lead Agencies. The proposed Center will enhance research and evaluation capacity in child care subsidy policy through increased information sharing and collaboration across ACF research partnerships. It hopes to facilitate the inclusion of relevant expertise in the CCDF program and policies to develop a more cooperative understanding of the needs of low-income families

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Employment and Economic Well-Being

Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) Introduces America Works Act of 2022 to Alter SNAP Work Requirements

H.R.8004, or the America Works Act of 2022, aims to amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to restore and standardize work requirements for able-bodied adults enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Notable changes in the proposed bill include raising the able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) age limit to 65, reducing the dependent child age exemption limit to 7, and reducing the ABAWD discretionary waiver from 12% to 3%. While the bill is unlikely to gain traction this session, it will contribute to further debate on ABAWD policy in lead up to the 2023 Farm Bill.

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FNS Publishes Final Rule Updating SNAP Civil Rights Assurance Language for the Federal-State Agreement

The language was updated to include various civil rights legislation that has existed for at least 20 years. There are no new requirements for states in this rule as these changes reflect current federal protections, such as protections from discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, and age, which could negatively impact program access and outcomes.

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FNS Accepting Comments on the SNAP-Ed and Obesity Prevention Grant N-PEARS

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is accepting comments on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education and Obesity Prevention Grant (SNAP-Ed) National Program Evaluation and Reporting System (N-PEARS). The FNS notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on this proposed information collection to consolidate and improve SNAP-Ed data collecting and reporting. Comments must be received on or before August 9.

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Fiscal Year 2023 House Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill Marked Up

The bill would appropriate $111.180 billion in required mandatory spending for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), including $3 billion for the SNAP reserve fund. It also provides additional protections for SNAP recipients by providing a “such sums” appropriations for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2023. However, the bill does not include protections in case of a lapse in government funding occurring at the end of the federal fiscal year.

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Upcoming APHSA Events

NSDTA Showcase Series Webinar - Crucial Conversations on Race Equity in Human Services

Join us for the next webinar in our NSDTA Showcase Series with a panel consisting of national EDI leaders. This session will facilitate the history, challenges and best practices on race equity in the human services sector. The panel consists of national EDI leaders who will discuss how their organizations are addressing this critical issue, available resources and lessons learned.

Wednesday, June 29, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT

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Economic Mobility and Well-Being (EMWB) Conference

The 2022 Economic Mobility and Well-Being (EMWB) Conference will be held at the Marriott Savannah Riverfront in Savannah, GA. Join us for informative sessions, engaging content, and a restorative experience! The EMWB conference brings together members from the American Association of SNAP Directors (AASD), the National Association for Program Information and Performance Measurement (NAPIPM), and the National Association of State TANF Administrators (NASTA).

August 14-17, 2022

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American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys (AAHHSA) Annual Education Conference

The 2022 American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys (AAHHSA) Annual Education Conference will be held at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square, Columbus, OH. The AAHHSA conference is a comprehensive learning and networking experience for attorneys who represent the state and local government agencies that administer health and human services programs. This conference promotes pragmatic innovation in health and human services while facilitating the exchange of information between attorneys from across the nation.

October 9-12, 2022

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National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) Education Conference

The 2022 National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) Education Conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center in Spokane, WA. This conference brings together human services organizational development, staff development, and training professionals at the local, state, and federal levels. Join us for the opportunity to share ideas, resources, and engage in robust sessions. We are focusing on forward-thinking ideas about instructional design, workforce development, evaluation and research, and much more!

October 16-19, 2022

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Information Technology Solutions Management for Human Services (ISM) Annual Conference & Expo

The 2022 Information Technology Solutions Management for Human Services (ISM) Annual Conference & Expo will be held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. This event brings together agency leaders in technology, along with the private sector firms focused on providing solutions for health and human services agencies. The content presented will promote IT solutions and best practices that enhance the delivery of health and human services.

October 23-26, 2022

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Upcoming Partner Events

Refugee Resettlement Services 101

The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration will host a webinar which will provide workforce development professionals the fundamentals of available services through the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and examples of collaborative approaches to best serve newly arriving refugees, asylees, and Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) entrants.

Monday, June 27, 4:00-5:30 PM EDT

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National Research Conference on Early Childhood - NRCEC 2022

The Administration for Children and Families' National Research Conference on Early Childhood (NRCEC) will address knowledge gaps across programs serving young children and their families by presenting the latest research surrounding Head Start, Early Head Start, child care, home visiting, child welfare, special education, pre-kindergarten, early elementary, and other early childhood programs.

June 27–29, 2022

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