7 U.S.C. § 2032 : US Code - Section 2032: Automated data processing and information retrieval systems

    (a) Standards and procedures for reviews
      (1) Initial reviews
        (A) In general
          Not later than 1 year after November 28, 1990, the Secretary
        shall complete a review of regulations and standards (in effect
        on November 28, 1990) for the approval of an automated data
        processing and information retrieval system maintained by a
        State (hereinafter in this section referred to as a "system")
        to determine the extent to which the regulations and standards
        contribute to a more effective and efficient program.
        (B) Revision of regulations
          The Secretary shall revise regulations (in effect on November
        28, 1990) to take into account the findings of the review
        conducted under subparagraph (A).
        (C) Incorporation of existing systems
          The regulations shall require States to incorporate all or
        part of systems in use elsewhere, unless a State documents that
        the design and operation of an alternative system would be less
        costly. The Secretary shall establish standards to define the
        extent of modification of the systems for which payments will
        be made under either section 2025(a) or 2025(g) of this title.
        (D) Implementation
          Proposed systems shall meet standards established by the
        Secretary for timely implementation of proper changes.
        (E) Cost effectiveness
          Criteria for the approval of a system under section 2025(g)
        of this title shall include the cost effectiveness of the
        proposed system. On implementation of the approved system, a
        State shall document the actual cost and benefits of the
        system.
      (2) Operational reviews
        The Secretary shall conduct such reviews as are necessary to
      ensure that systems - 
          (A) comply with conditions of initial funding approvals; and
          (B) adequately support program delivery in compliance with
        this chapter and regulations issued under this chapter.
    (b) Standards for approval of systems
      (1) In general
        After conducting the review required under subsection (a) of
      this section, the Secretary shall establish standards for
      approval of systems.
      (2) Implementation
        A State shall implement the standards established by the
      Secretary within a reasonable period of time, as determined by
      the Secretary.
      (3) Periodic compliance reviews
        The Secretary shall conduct appropriate periodic reviews of
      systems to ensure compliance with the standards established by
      the Secretary.
    (c) Report
      Not later than October 1, 1993, the Secretary shall report to the
    Committee on Agriculture of the House of Representatives and the
    Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate on
    the extent to which State agencies have developed and are operating
    effective systems that support supplemental nutrition assistance
    program delivery in compliance with this chapter and regulations
    issued under this chapter.