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Texas Payroll/Personnel Resource

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Agency-Specific Provisions
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Plan (SNAP) Bonuses

Background

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is designated as the state agency responsible for establishing and operating a statewide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Plan (SNAP) program.

Each year, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture establishes standards for high or most-improved performance in the administration of the Food Stamp Program. Performance bonuses are annual incentive payments to state agencies that meet these standards.

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How the Performance Bonus Funds are Used

Programs and other activities

A portion of the performance bonus funds must be used in each year of the biennium for the development and operation of the:

  • Nutrition education programs,
  • Outreach programs, and
  • Other activities that improve low-income client access to basic nutrition and healthy foods.

Employee bonuses

Another portion of the performance bonus funds must be used in each year of the biennium to provide bonuses to employees in certain position classifications. To be eligible for the bonuses, the employees must have:

  • Directly contributed to meeting the performance standards; or
  • Met or exceeded customer service performance measures developed by HHSC; or
  • Directly contributed to increasing the percentage of eligible persons who receive SNAP benefits; and
  • Been employed in the program for the twelve months of the bonus evaluation period, remain employed in the program and meet job performance expectations.

HHSC has the authority to determine if employees who have received bonuses under this provision are eligible for merit salary increases during the 12-month period prior to or after receipt of the bonus.

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Annual Reports on Program Progress

HHSC must prepare annual reports by Oct. 1 of each year summarizing the commission’s progress on implementing the outreach programs. These reports must be filed with the standing committees of the Texas Senate and House of Representatives having primary jurisdiction over health and human services.

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Additional Resources

To learn more about entering this special pay, see the SPRS Entitlement Code Table in the SPRS User Guide.

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Sources

General Appropriations Act, Rider 21 in the appropriations to the Health and Human Services Commission.

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