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A disqualification is a penalty imposed on an EU member when that member commits an act that is in violation of the Food Stamp Program or commits another act as defined in the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996. Disqualification reasons include, but are not limited to, intentionally providing false information, trafficking food stamp benefits, or being convicted of a drug related felony after 8/22/1996.

Disqualification penalties are from 12 months to permanent, depending on the type of disqualification and if the member has previously been disqualified. While the disqualification is imposed, the EU member is ineligible to receive food stamp benefits. Disqualifications are tracked, imposed, and removed in FAMIS. The FAMIS Sanction/Disqualification (FMAM) screen is used to add and update disqualification information. Four user guides are available, detailing procedures for entering, deleting, inquiring, and updating disqualifications:

Use the following disqualification type codes on the Sanction/Disqualification (FMAM) screen to impose a disqualification:

An entry is required in the CAT (category) field for disqualification types of CDQ (court disqualification), HDQ (hearing disqualification), and WHC (waiver of hearing). Entries are not allowed in this field for any other type of disqualification or sanctions.

Use the following codes on the Sanction/Disqualification (FMAM) screen in the CAT (category) field:

Record a comment to support the reason a disqualification is being imposed. When a disqualification is added to the Sanction/Disqualification (FMAM) screen, FAMIS takes the following actions:

NOTE: An EU with a member disqualified for an IPV cannot be considered categorically eligible.

NOTE: Disqualifications are changes that must be acted upon for all EUs. Any actions created as a result of the disqualification must be acted on.