Child Nutrition Reporting Burden Analysis Study Published

2019-07-05

As part of the 2017 Appropriations bill, Congress, in response to SNA’s advocacy, appropriated $1 million for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to commission an independent study on program simplification for school meal programs. On June 2, USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published the Child Nutrition Reporting Burden Analysis Study, which it commissioned to examine challenges faced by state agencies and School Food Authorities (SFAs) related to child nutrition program administrative and reporting requirements. The study identified requirements that contribute most to the workload for state agencies and SFAs and developed a set of considerations for reducing these burdens. Among its key findings:

  • Streamline school meal certification and verification processes
  • Implement a risk-based administrative review cycle
  • Consolidate duplicative information requests across Management Evaluations and Financial Management Reviews
  • Develop a fact sheet for each CN reporting requirement
  • Develop procurement templates and supporting materials
  • Modernize the Food Programs Reporting System (FPRS)

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