(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.
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
(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.
A State shall implement the standards established by the
Secretary within a reasonable period of time, as determined by
(3) Periodic compliance reviews
The Secretary shall conduct appropriate periodic reviews of
systems to ensure compliance with the standards established by
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.