Mass Changes
Information on this page refers to the Nutrition Assistance programInformation on this page refers to the Cash Assistance program
A mass change is a change that affects a large number of cases.
Policy
Mass change reasons include, but are not limited to, the following:
Changes in law
Computer system programming changes
Changes initiated by state or federal government that may affect the entire caseload or portions of the caseload.
Changes in any of the following require a mass change be completed:
CA Standards of Need
Income standards and deductions
The NA Thrifty Food Plan
Federal Poverty Levels
Resource standards
Other changes in the eligibility criteria based on one or more of the following:
Legislative or regulatory actions
Periodic adjustments to cash benefits
NOTE When FAA knows at least 30 days in advance of changes to CA benefit amounts, the corresponding NA change must be made in the same month. When FAA does not have at least 30 days notice of changes to CA benefit amounts, the resulting NA change effects the month following the month the CA benefit change was made.
Annual and seasonal adjustment to SSA, SSI, and other federal benefits including cost of living adjustments (COLA)
NOTE The participants are not responsible for reporting these changes. FAA is responsible for automatically adjusting the benefit level to reflect the change.
When a mass change is needed, AZTECS generates an automatic notice that advises the participant of the change. When the mass change results in a decrease or closure of benefits, a mass change notice must be issued allowing for NOAA(g).
When the reason for the action is a change in law, the notice must include a statement regarding the specific change in law.
FAA may also publicize mass changes through the news media and posters in FAA offices and other public places.
Legal Authorities
7 CFR 273.12(a)(5)(ii)(A)
7 CFR 273.12(a)(5)(vi)(B)(2)
7 CFR 273.12(e)(3)
last revised 08/30/2021