FAMILY SUBSISTENCE SUPPLEMENTAL ALLOWANCE PROGRAM

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SUBJ/FAMILY SUBSISTENCE SUPPLEMENTAL ALLOWANCE PROGRAM//



REF/A/DOC/37 USC 402A/04MAR08//
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NARR/REF A IS SECTION 402A OF TITLE 37 USC, SUPPLEMENTAL SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCE 
FOR LOW-INCOME SERVICE MEMBERS WITH DEPENDENTS.  REF B IS DEPARTMENT OF 
DEFENSE 
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT REGULATIONS (VOLUME 7), MILITARY PAY POLICY AND 
PROCEDURES
ON SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCES.//

RMKS/1.  THIS NAVADMIN PROVIDES INFORMATION ABOUT THE FAMILY SUBSISTENCE 
SUPPLEMENTAL ALLOWANCE (FSSA) PROGRAM.  FSSA IS A VOLUNTARY ALLOWANCE PAYABLE 
IN AN AMOUNT THAT WOULD BRING AN ELIGIBLE MEMBER'S GROSS HOUSEHOLD INCOME TO 
130 PERCENT OF THE FEDERAL POVERTY LINE AS ESTABLISHED BY THE UNITED STATES 
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA).  FSSA IS CURRENTLY PAYABLE AT A RATE NOT TO 
EXCEED $1,100.00 PER MONTH. 

2.  ELIGIBILITY TO RECEIVE FSSA IS BASED ON GROSS INCOME LIMITS ESTABLISHED BY
USDA BASED ON HOUSEHOLD SIZE.  NON-DEPENDENTS CAN BE INCLUDED IN THE 
CALCULATION; 
HOWEVER, AT LEAST ONE MEMBER OF THE HOUSEHOLD MUST BE A MILITARY DEPENDENT.  
INCOME LIMITS ARE UPDATED ANNUALLY ON 1 OCTOBER AND POSTED AT 
HTTPS://WWW.DMDC.OSD.MIL/FSSA/.

3.  IF AN ELIGIBLE MEMBER IS RECEIVING FEDERAL BENEFITS UNDER THE SUPPLEMENTAL 
NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP), THE AMOUNT OF THE FSSA ENTITLEMENT WILL 
BE 
EQUAL TO THE CALCULATED FSSA OR THE SNAP ALLOTMENT, WHICHEVER IS HIGHER, NOT 
TO 
EXCEED THE $1,100 LIMIT.  DETAILED INFORMATION ON ELIGIBILITY REQUREMENTS CAN 
BE 
FOUND IN REFS A AND B. 

4.  TO REQUEST FSSA, INDIVIDUALS SHALL COMPLETE AND SIGN A PRINTED COPY OF THE 
APPLICATION DECLARING ACCURACY OF INFORMATION.  APPLICATIONS CAN BE OBTAINED 
ONLINE AT HTTP://WWW.DMDC.OSD.MIL/FSSA.  
A MEMBER'S CHAIN OF COMMAND, AND COMMAND FINANCIAL SPECIALIST, ARE REQUIRED TO
REVIEW APPLICATIONS.  FORWARD COMPLETED APPLICATIONS TO OPNAV N130 VIA EMAIL 
AT 
NXAG_N130C3(AT)NAVY.MIL FOR FINAL CERTIFICATION AND APPROVAL.  DO NOT SEND THE 
APPLICATION TO YOUR SERVICING PERSONNEL SUPPORT DETACHMENT.  UPON APPROVAL, 
OPNAV N130 WILL FORWARD THE APPROVED APPLICATION TO DFAS CLEVELAND FOR POSTING 
ON THE MEMBER'S MILITARY PAY ACCOUNT. 

5.  THE MEMBER MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF HOUSEHOLD SIZE (PAGE 2, LEASE 
APPLICATION, ETC.) AND INCOME (LES, EARNINGS STATEMENTS, PAY STUBS, ETC.) AS 
WELL AS SNAP ENTITLEMENT, IF APPLICABLE.  GUIDANCE ON APPLICATION PROCEDURES 
AND EXAMPLES 
CLARIFYING FSSA CALCULATION CAN BE FOUND IN THE FSSA GUIDE ISSUED BY OPNAV 
N130
AND POSTED AT HTTP://WWW.PUBLIC.NAVY.MIL/BUPERS-
NPC/CAREER/PAYANDBENEFITS/N130/PAGES/N130C.

6.  QUALIFYING RESERVE MEMBERS ARE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE FSSA WHILE ON ACTIVE 
DUTY.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS CAN BE FOUND IN REFS A AND B.

7.  ALL RECEPIENTS OF FSSA MUST RECERTIFY ANNUALLY ON FEBRUARY 1ST AND AT ANY 
TIME 
WHEN:  
    A.  CHANGES IN HOUSEHOLD SIZE OR INCOME OCCUR.
    B.  THE MEMBER IS PROMOTED.
    C.  THE MEMBER EXECUTES A PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION MOVE.

8.  COMMAND MASTER CHIEFS AND COMMAND FSSA COORDINATORS ARE URGED TO 
DISSEMINATE 
INFORMATION ABOUT FSSA TO INCREASE AWARENESS AND PARTICIPATION IN THIS 
RELATIVELY UNDERUTILIZED MILITARY BENEFIT PROGRAM.

9.  POINT OF CONTACT IS PSC SEEMA KURUP, OPNAV N130, AT (703) 604-5475/DSN 664 
OR VIA E-MAIL AT SEEMA.KURUP(AT)NAVY.MIL.  

10.  RELEASED BY VICE ADMIRAL S. R. VAN BUSKIRK, N1.//

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