The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Administrative Review (AR) assesses a School Food Authorities (SFA) administration of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), After School Snack Program (ASP), Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP), Seamless Summer Option (SSO), and other Federal or State school nutrition programs. The School Nutrition Team (SNT) has been approved for a five-year review cycle.
The USDA provided State Agencies the opportunity to apply for a monitoring and oversight waiver for school year (SY) 2021-22. The WI SNT applied and was approved for all Administrative Reviews (ARs) planned for SY 2021-22 to be postponed until SY 2022-23. In lieu of ARs, the SNT will be conducting SSO technical assistance calls with all SFAs. These calls offer the opportunity to ask questions and get one-on-one assistance from both a Public Health Nutritionist and a Nutrition Program Consultant.
The objectives of the AR are to:
- Determine whether the SFA meets program requirements.
- Provide technical assistance and support for your program.
- Secure any needed corrective action.
- Assess fiscal action, if applicable.
Administrative Review Areas
Fiscal action is the recovery of improperly paid funds and is assessed when errors are found in the Performance Standard I: Meal Access and Reimbursement section (excluding verification errors) and the Performance Standard II: Nutritional Quality and Meal Pattern section. Fiscal action is not required for errors found in the General Program Compliance areas, unless repeated or egregious violations are not corrected.
A USDA fiscal action workbook is utilized to calculate fiscal action. The SA may disregard an overclaim, if it does not exceed $600 per program. SFAs that have an overclaim of $600 or more that must be reclaimed, may appeal using the appeal procedures for the Child Nutrition Programs.