Text: S.1733 — 105th Congress (1997-1998)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 105-379 (11/12/1998)
[105th Congress Public Law 379]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
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Public Law 105-379
To amend the Food Stamp Act of 1977 to require food stamp State agencies
to take certain actions to ensure that food stamp coupons are not issued
for deceased individuals, to require the Secretary of Agriculture to
conduct a study of options for the design, development, implementation,
and operation of a national database to track participation in Federal
means-tested publicassistance programs, and for other
purposes. <<NOTE: Nov. 12, 1998 - [S. 1733]>>
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. DENIAL OF FOOD STAMPS FOR DECEASED INDIVIDUALS.
(a) In General.--Section 11 of the Food Stamp Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C.
2020) is amended by adding at the end the following:
``(r) Denial of Food Stamps for Deceased Individuals.--Each State
``(1) enter into a cooperative arrangement with the
Commissioner of Social Security, pursuant to the authority of
the Commissioner under section 205(r)(3) of the Social Security
Act (42 U.S.C. 405(r)(3)), to obtain information on individuals
who are deceased; and
``(2) use the information to verify and otherwise ensure
that benefits are not issued to individuals who are deceased.''.
(b) Report.--Not later <<NOTE: Deadline. 7 USC 2020 note.>> than
September 1, 2000, the Secretary of Agriculture shall submit a report
regarding the progress and effectiveness of the cooperative arrangements
entered into by State agencies under section 11(r) of the Food Stamp Act
of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 2020(r)) (as added by subsection (a)) to--
(1) the Committee on Agriculture of the House of
(2) the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of
(3) the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of
(4) the Committee on Finance of the Senate; and
(5) the Secretary of the Treasury.
(c) Effective <<NOTE: 7 USC 2020 note.>> Date.--This section and
the amendments made by this section take effect on June 1, 2000.
SEC. 2. STUDY <<NOTE: 7 USC 2011 note.>> OF NATIONAL DATABASE FOR
FEDERAL MEANS-TESTED PUBLIC ASSISTANCE
(a) In General.--The Secretary of Agriculture shall conduct a study
of options for the design, development, implementation, and operation of
a national database to track participation in Federal means-tested
public assistance programs.
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(b) Administration.--In conducting the study, the Secretary shall--
(1) analyze available data to determine--
(A) whether the data have addressed the needs of the
food stamp program established under the Food Stamp Act
of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 2011 et seq.);
(B) whether additional or unique data need to be
developed to address the needs of the food stamp
(C) the feasibility and cost-benefit ratio of each
available option for a national database;
(2) survey the States to determine how the States are
enforcing the prohibition on recipients receiving assistance in
more than one State under Federal means-tested public assistance
(3) determine the functional requirements of each available
option for a national database; and
(4) ensure that all options provide safeguards to protect
against the unauthorized use or disclosure of information in the
(c) Report.--Not later <<NOTE: Deadline.>> than 1 year after the
date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a
report on the results of the study conducted under this section.
(d) Funding.--Out of any moneys in the Treasury not otherwise
appropriated, the Secretary of the Treasury shall provide to the
Secretary of Agriculture $500,000 to carry out this section. The
Secretary shall be entitled to receive the funds and shall accept the
funds, without further appropriation.
Approved November 12, 1998.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--S. 1733:
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 144 (1998):
Oct. 14, considered and passed Senate.
Oct. 15, considered and passed House.