WIC APD Requirements
State agency may obtain funding for
information systems development and
operations from a variety of sources -
governmental (Federal, State and local)
and nongovernmental. The majority
of funding comes from the Federal
Government. FNS grant monies for
WIC State agency automation efforts are
awarded on an annual basis. These may
also be combined with State and local
monies to fund information system
related acquisitions that will support
the overall goal of reaching more
participants and providing quality
service for the WIC program.
Functions recognized to improve quality
of service through automation are
discussed in detail in the
Requirements Document (FReD).
State agencies are encouraged to use
this as a guidance when planning
WIC is giving priority to the
Agency Model (SAM) systems development
and adoption by other States. For
additional information on the SAM
project, please click here:
SAM or go to the
Regardless of the source of funding,
WIC State agencies shall obtain prior
written approval from FNS for
information systems acquisitions with a
project cost of $100,000 or greater.
The information required varies
depending upon the total project cost.
acquisitions less than $5,000, no
prior approval is required.
purchases above $5,000 and less
than $99.999 require
the State agency to provide written
notification to their cognizant FNS
Regional Office within 60 days of the
expenditure or contract execution.
Prior approval from FNS must be
obtained for hardware, software, and/or services with
a cost between $100,000 and $499,999 by submitting documentation
citing the description of needs, budget,
procurement method, and cost allocation
proposal (if applicable).
Any acquisition with an anticipated cost
for hardware, software, and/or services
equal to or greater than $500,000
requires the submission of an
Planning APDs are required to be
submitted for prior approval
regardless of estimated total project
Specific prior approval thresholds
apply for APD documents including Planning and Implementation APDs, Request for
Proposals, Contracts. See FNS Handbook 901 for detailed
A Post-Implementation Review Checklist
is used by Regional
Office Staff to conduct the review by obtaining information prior to and during
the on-site review.