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IntroductionLa Peste (Camus 1947) has served as a basis for several critical works, including some in the symbicort street price field of medical humanities (Bozzaro 2018. Deudon 1988. Tuffuor and Payne 2017) symbicort street price. Frequently interpreted as an allegory of Nazism (with the plague as a symbol of the German occupation of France) (Finel-Honigman 1978. Haroutunian 1964), it has also received philosophical readings beyond the sociopolitical context in which it was written (Lengers 1994).

Other scholars, on the other hand, have centred symbicort street price their analyses on its literary aspects (Steel 2016).The anti inflammatory drugs symbicort has increased general interest about historical and fictional epidemics. La Peste, as one of the most famous literary works about this topic, has been revisited by many readers during recent months, leading to an unexpected growth in sales in certain countries (Wilsher 2020. Zaretsky 2020). Apart from that, commentaries about symbicort street price the novel, especially among health sciences scholars, have emerged with a renewed interest (Banerjee et al. 2020.

Bate 2020. Vandekerckhove 2020 symbicort street price. Wigand, Becker, and Steger 2020). This sudden curiosity is easy to understand if we consider both La Peste’s literary value, and people’s desire to discover real or fictional situations similar to theirs. Indeed, Oran inhabitants’ experiences are not quite far from our own, even if geographical, chronological and, specially, scientific symbicort street price factors (two different diseases occurring at two different stages in the history of medical development) prevent us from establishing too close resemblances between both situations.Furthermore, it will not be strange if anti inflammatory drugs serves as a frame for fictional works in the near future.

Other narrative plays were based on historical epidemics, such as Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year or Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron (Wigand, Becker, and Steger 2020. Withington 2020). The biggest symbicort in the last century, the so-called ‘Spanish Influenza’, has been described as not very fruitful in this sense, even if it produced famous novels such as Katherine A Porter’s Pale Horse, symbicort street price Pale Rider or John O’Hara’s The Doctor Son (Honigsbaum 2018. Hovanec 2011). The overlapping with another disaster like World War I has been argued as one of the reasons explaining this scarce production of fictional works (Honigsbaum 2018).

By contrast, we may think that anti inflammatory drugs is having a global impact hardly overshadowed by other events, and that it will leave a significant mark on the collective memory.Drawing on the reading of La Peste, we point out in this essay different aspects of living under an epidemic that can be identified both symbicort street price in Camus’s work and in our current situation. We propose a trip throughout the novel, from its early beginning in Part I, when the Oranians are not aware of the threat to come, to its end in Part V, when they are relieved of the epidemic after several months of ravaging disasters.We think this journey along La Peste may be interesting both to health professionals and to the lay person, since all of them will be able to see themselves reflected in the characters from the novel. We do not skip critique of some aspects related to the authorities’ management of anti inflammatory drugs, as Camus does concerning Oran’s rulers. However, what we want to foreground is La Peste’s intrinsic value, its suitability to be read now and after anti inflammatory drugs has passed, when Camus’s novel endures as a solid art work and anti inflammatory drugs remains only as a defeated plight.MethodsWe confronted our own experiences about anti inflammatory drugs with a symbicort street price conventional reading of La Peste. A first reading of the novel was used to establish associations between those aspects which more saliently reminded us of anti inflammatory drugs.

In a second reading, we searched for some examples to illustrate those aspects and tried to detect new associations. Subsequent readings of certain parts were done to symbicort street price integrate the information collected. Neither specific methods of literary analysis, nor systematic searches in the novel were applied. Selected paragraphs and ideas from Part I to Part V were prepared in a draft copy, and this manuscript was written afterwards.Part ISome phrases in the novel could be transposed word by word to our situation. This one pertaining to its start, symbicort street price for instance, may make us remember the first months of 2020:By now, it will be easy to accept that nothing could lead the people of our town to expect the events that took place in the spring of that year and which, as we later understood, were like the forerunners of the series of grave happenings that this history intends to describe.

(Camus 2002, Part I)By referring from the beginning to ‘the people of our town’, Camus is already suggesting an idea which is repeated all along the novel, and which may be well understood by us as anti inflammatory drugs’s witnesses. Epidemics affect the community as a whole, they are present in everybody’s mind and their joys and sorrows are not individual, but collective. For example (and we are anticipating Part II), the narrator says:But, once the gates were closed, they all noticed that they were in the same boat, including the narrator himself, and symbicort street price that they had to adjust to the fact. (Camus 2002, Part II)Later, he will insist in this opposition between the concepts of ‘individual’, which used to prevail before the epidemic, and ‘collective’:One might say that the first effect of this sudden and brutal attack of the disease was to force the citizens of our town to act as though they had no individual feelings. (Camus 2002, Part II)There were no longer any individual destinies, but a collective history that was the plague, and feelings shared by all.

(Camus 2002, Part III)This distinction is not trivial, since the story will display a strong confrontation between those who get involved and help their neighbours and those who symbicort street price remain behaving selfishly. Related to this, Claudia Bozzaro has pointed out that the main topic in La Peste is solidarity and auistic love (Bozzaro 2018). We may add that the disease is so attached to people’s lives that the epidemic becomes the new everyday life:In the morning, they would return to the pestilence, that is to say, to routine. (Camus 2002, Part III)Being collective issues does not mean that epidemics always enhance auism and solidarity symbicort street price. As said by Wigand et al, they frequently produce ambivalent reactions, and one of them is the opposition between auism and maximised profit (Wigand, Becker, and Steger 2020).

Therefore, the dichotomy between individualism and collectivism, a central point in the characterisation of national cultures (Hofstede 2015), could play a role in epidemics. In fact, concerning anti inflammatory drugs, some authors have described a greater impact of the symbicort in those countries with higher levels symbicort street price of individualism (Maaravi et al. 2021. Ozkan et al. 2021).

However, this finding should be complemented with other national cultures’ aspects before concluding that collectivism itself exerts a protective role against epidemics. Concerning this, it has been shown how ‘power distance’ frequently intersects with collectivism, being only a few countries in which the last one coexists with a small distance to power, namely with a capacity to disobey the power authority (Gupta, Shoja, and Mikalef 2021). Moreover, those countries classically classified as ‘collectivist’ (China, Japan, South Korea, India, Vietnam, etc.) are also characterised by high levels of power distance, and their citizens have been quite often forced to adhere to anti inflammatory drugs restrictions and punished if not (Gupta, Shoja, and Mikalef 2021). Thus, it is important to consider that individualism is not always opposed to ‘look after each other’ (Ozkan et al. 2021, 9).

For instance, the European region, seen as a whole as highly ‘individualistic’, holds some of the most advanced welfare protection systems worldwide. It is worth considering too that collectivism may hide sometimes a hard institutional authority or a lack in civil freedoms.Coming back to La Peste, we may think that Camus’s Oranians are not particularly ‘collectivist’. Their initial description highlights that they are mainly interested in their own businesses and affairs:Our fellow-citizens work a good deal, but always in order to make money. They are especially interested in trade and first of all, as they say, they are engaged in doing business. (Camus 2002, Part I)And later, we see some of them trying selfishly to leave the city by illegal methods.

By contrast, we observe in the novel some examples of more ‘collectivistic’ attitudes, such as the discipline of those quarantined at the football pitch, and, over all, the main characters’ behaviour, which is generally driven by auism and common goals.Turning to another topic, the plague in Oran and anti inflammatory drugs are similar regarding their animal origin. This is not rare since many infectious diseases pass to humans through contact with animal vectors, being rodents, especially rats (through rat fleas), the most common carriers of plague bacteria (CDC. N.d.a, ECDC. N.d, Pollitzer 1954). Concerning anti-inflammatories, even if further research about its origin is needed, the most recent investigations conducted in China by the WHO establish a zoonotic transmission as the most probable pathway (Joint WHO-China Study Team 2021).

In Camus’s novel, the animal’s link to the epidemic seemed very clear since the beginning:Things got to the point where Infodoc (the agency for information and documentation, ‘ all you need to know on any subject’) announced in its free radio news programme that 6,231 rats had been collected and burned in a single day, the 25th. This figure, which gave a clear meaning to the daily spectacle that everyone in town had in front of their eyes, disconcerted them even more. (Camus 2002, Part I)This accuracy in figures is familiar to us. People nowadays have become very used to the statistical aspects of the symbicort, due to the continuous updates in epidemiological parameters launched by the media and the authorities. Camus was aware about the relevance of figures in epidemics, which always entail:…required registration and statistical tasks.

(Camus 2002, Part II)Because of this, the novel is scattered with numbers, most of them concerning the daily death toll, but others mentioning the number of rats picked up, as we have seen, or combining the number of deaths with the time passed since the start of the epidemic:“ Will there be an autumn of plague?. Professor B answers. €˜ No’ ”, “ One hundred and twenty-four dead. The total for the ninety-fourth day of the plague.” (Camus 2002, Part II)We permit ourselves to introduce here a list of recurring topics in La Peste, since the salience of statistical information is one of them. These topics, some of which will be treated later, appear several times in the novel, in various contexts and stages in the evolution of the epidemic.

We synthesise them in Table 1, coupled with a anti inflammatory drugs parallel example extracted from online press. This ease to find a current example for each topic suggests that they are not exclusive of plague or of Camus’s mindset, but shared by most epidemics.View this table:Table 1 Recurring topics in La Peste. Each topic is accompanied by two examples from the novel and one concerning anti inflammatory drugs, extracted from online press.Talking about journalism and the media (one of the topics above), we might say that anti inflammatory drugs’s coverage is frequently too optimistic when managing good news and too alarming when approaching the bad. Media’s ‘exaggerated’ approach to health issues is not new. It was already a concern for medical journals’ editors a century ago (Reiling 2013) and it continues to be it for these professionals in recent times (Barbour et al.

2008). It is well known that media tries to attract spectators’ attention by making the news more appealing. However, they deal with the risk of expanding unreliable information, which may be pernicious for the public opinion. Related to the intention of ‘garnishing’ the news, Aslam et al. (2020) have described that 82% of more than 100 000 pieces of information about anti inflammatory drugs appearing in media from different countries carried an emotional, either negative (52%) or positive (30%) component, with only 18% of them considered as ‘neutral’ (Aslam et al.

2020). Some evidence about this tendency to make news more emotional was described in former epidemics. For instance, a study conducted in Singapore in 2009 during the H1N1 crisis showed how press releases by the Ministry of Health were substantially transformed when passed to the media, by increasing their emotional appeal and by changing their dominant frame or their tone (Lee and Basnyat 2013). In La Peste, this superficial way of managing information by the media is also observed:The newspapers followed the order that they had been given, to be optimistic at any cost. (Camus 2002, Part IV)At the first stages of the epidemic in Oran, journalists proclaim the end of the dead rats’ invasion as something to be celebrated.

Dr Rieux, the character through which Camus symbolises caution (and comparable nowadays to trustful scientists, well-informed journalists or sensible authorities), exposes then his own angle, quite far from suggesting optimism:The vendors of the evening papers were shouting that the invasion of rats had ended. But Rieux found his patient lying half out of bed, one hand on his belly and the other around his neck, convulsively vomiting reddish bile into a rubbish bin. (Camus 2002, Part I)Camus, who worked as a journalist for many years, insists afterwards on this cursory interest that some media devote to the epidemic, more eager to grab the noise than the relevant issues beneath it:The press, which had had so much to say about the business of the rats, fell silent. This is because rats die in the street and people in their bedrooms. And newspapers are only concerned with the street.

(Camus 2002, Part I)By then, Oranians continue rejecting the epidemic as an actual threat, completely immersed in that phase that dominates the beginning of all epidemics and is characterised by ‘denial and disbelief’ (Wigand, Becker, and Steger 2020, 443):A pestilence does not have human dimensions, so people tell themselves that it is unreal, that it is a bad dream which will end. […] The people of our town were no more guilty than anyone else, they merely forgot to be modest and thought that everything was still possible for them, which implied that pestilence was impossible. They continued with business, with making arrangements for travel and holding opinions. Why should they have thought about the plague, which negates the future, negates journeys and debate?. They considered themselves free and no one will ever be free as long as there is plague, pestilence and famine.

(Camus 2002, Part I)Probably to avoid citizens' disapproval, among other reasons, the Oranian Prefecture (health authority in Camus' novel) does not want to go too far when judging the relevance of the epidemic. While not directly exposed, we can guess in this fragment the tone of the Prefect’s message, his intention to convey confidence despite his own doubts:These cases were not specific enough to be really disturbing and there was no doubt that the population would remain calm. None the less, for reasons of caution which everyone could understand, the Prefect was taking some preventive measures. If they were interpreted and applied in the proper way, these measures were such that they would put a definite stop to any threat of epidemic. As a result, the Prefect did not for a moment doubt that the citizens under his charge would co-operate in the most zealous manner with what he was doing.

(Camus 2002, Part I)The relevant role acquired by health authorities during epidemics is another topic listed in our table. Language use, on the other hand, is an issue linkable both with the media topic and with this one. As in La Peste, during anti inflammatory drugs we have seen some public figures using words not always truthfully, carrying out a careful selection of words that serves to the goal of conveying certain interests in each moment. Dr Rieux refers in Part I to this language manipulation by the authorities:The measures that had been taken were insufficient, that was quite clear. As for the ‘ specially equipped wards’, he knew what they were.

Two outbuildings hastily cleared of other patients, their windows sealed up and the whole surrounded by a cordon sanitaire. (Camus 2002, Part I)He illustrates the need of frankness, the preference for clarity in language, which is often the clarity in thinking:No. I phoned Richard to say we needed comprehensive measures, not fine words, and that either we must set up a real barrier to the epidemic, or nothing at all. (Camus 2002, Part I)At the end of this part, his fears about the inadequacy of not taking strict measures are confirmed. Oranian hospitals become overwhelmed, as they are now in many places worldwide due to anti inflammatory drugs.Part IILeft behind the phases of ‘denial and disbelief’ and of ‘fear and panic’, it appears among the Oranians the ‘acceptance paired with resignation’ (Wigand, Becker, and Steger 2020, 443):Then we knew that our separation was going to last, and that we ought to try to come to terms with time.

[…] In particular, all of the people in our town very soon gave up, even in public, whatever habit they may have acquired of estimating the length of their separation. (Camus 2002, Part II)In anti inflammatory drugs as well, even if border closure has not been so immovable as in Oran, many people have seen themselves separated from their loved ones and some of them have not yet had the possibility of reunion. This is why, in the actual symbicort, the idea of temporal horizons has emerged like it appeared in Camus’s epidemic. In Spain, the general lockdown in March and April 2020 made people establish the summer as their temporal horizon, a time in which they could resume their former habits and see their relatives again. This became partially true, and people were allowed in summer to travel inside the country and to some other countries nearby.

However, there existed some reluctance to visit ill or aged relatives, due to the fear of infecting them, and some families living in distant countries were not able to get together. Moreover, autumn brought an increase in the number of cases (‘the second wave’) and countries returned to limit their internal and external movements.Bringing all this together, many people nowadays have opted to discard temporal horizons. As Oranians, they have noted that the epidemic follows its own rhythm and it is useless to fight against it. Nonetheless, it is in human nature not to resign, so abandoning temporal horizons does not mean to give up longing for the recovery of normal life. This vision, neither maintaining vain hopes nor resigning, is in line with Camus’s philosophy, an author who wrote that ‘hope, contrary to what it is usually thought, is the same to resignation.’ (Camus 1939, 83.

Cited by Haroutunian 1964, 312 (translation is ours)), and that ‘there is not love to human life but with despair about human life.’ (Camus 1958, 112–5. Cited by Haroutunian 1964, 312–3 (translation is ours)).People nowadays deal with resignation relying on daily life pleasures (being not allowed to make further plans or trips) and in company from the nearest ones (as they cannot gather with relatives living far away). Second, they observe the beginning of vaccination campaigns as a first step of the final stage, and summer 2021, reflecting what happened with summer 2020, has been fixed as a temporal horizon. This preference for summers has an unavoidable metaphorical nuance, and their linking to joy, long trips and life in the streets may be the reason for which we choose them to be opposed to the lockdown and restrictions of the symbicort.We alluded previously to the manipulation of language, and figures, as relevant as they are, they are not free from manipulation either. Tarrou, a close friend to Dr Rieux, points out in this part of the novel how this occurred:Once more, Tarrou was the person who gave the most accurate picture of our life as it was then.

Naturally he was following the course of the plague in general, accurately observing that a turning point in the epidemic was marked by the radio no longer announcing some hundreds of deaths per week, but 92, 107 and 120 deaths a day. €˜The newspapers and the authorities are engaged in a battle of wits with the plague. They think that they are scoring points against it, because 130 is a lower figure than 910.’ (Camus 2002, Part II)Tarrou collaborates with the health teams formed to tackle the plague. Regarding these volunteers and workers, Camus refuses to consider them as heroes, as many essential workers during anti inflammatory drugs have rejected to be named as that. The writer thinks their actions are the natural behaviour of good people, not heroism but ‘a logical consequence’:The whole question was to prevent the largest possible number of people from dying and suffering a definitive separation.

There was only one way to do this, which was to fight the plague. There was nothing admirable about this truth, it simply followed as a logical consequence. (Camus 2002, Part II)We consider suitable to talk here about two issues which represent, nowadays, a great part of anti inflammatory drugs fears and hopes, respectively. New genetic variants and treatments. Medical achievements are another recurrent issue included in table 1, and we write about them here because it is in Part II where Camus writes for the first time about treatments, and where it insists on an idea aforementioned in Part I.

That the plague bacillus affecting Oran is different from previous variants:…the microbe differed very slightly from the bacillus of plague as traditionally defined. (Camus 2002, Part II)Related to anti inflammatory drugs new variants, they represent a challenge because of two main reasons. Their higher transmissibility and/or severity and their higher propensity to skip the effect of natural or treatment-induced immunity. Public health professionals are determining which is the actual threat of all the new variants discovered, such as those first characterised in the UK (Public Health England 2020), South Africa (Tegally et al. 2021) or Brazil (Fujino et al.

2021). In La Peste, Dr Rieux is always suspecting that the current bacteria they are dealing with is different from the one in previous epidemics of plague. Since several genetic variations for the bacillus Yersinia pestis have been characterised (Cui et al. 2012), it could be possible that the epidemic in Oran originated from a new one. However, we should not forget that we are analysing a literary work, and that scientific accuracy is not a necessary goal in it.

In fact, Rieux’s reluctances have to do more with clinical aspects than with microbiological ones. He doubts since the beginning, relying exclusively on the symptoms observed, and continues doing it after the laboratory analysis:I was able to have an analysis made in which the laboratory thinks it can detect the plague bacillus. However, to be precise, we must say that certain specific modifications of the microbe do not coincide with the classic description of plague. (Camus 2002, Part II)Camus is consistent with this idea and many times he mentions the bacillus to highlight its oddity. Insisting on the literary condition of the work, and among other possible explanations, he is maybe declaring that that in the novel is not a common (biological, natural) bacteria, but the Nazism bacteria.Turning to treatments, they constitute the principal resource that the global community has to defeat the anti inflammatory drugs symbicort.

Vaccination campaigns have started all over the world, and three types of anti inflammatory drugs treatments are being applied in the European Union, after their respective statements of efficacy and security (Baden et al. 2021. Polack et al. 2020. Voysey et al.

2021), while a fourth treatment has just recently been approved (EMA 2021a). Although some concerns regarding the safety of two of these treatments have been raised recently (EMA 2021b. EMA 2021c), vaccination plans are going ahead, being adapted according to the state of knowledge at each moment. Some of these treatments are mRNA-based (Baden et al. 2021.

Polack et al. 2020), while others use a viral vector (Bos et al. 2020. Voysey et al. 2021).

They are mainly two-shot treatments, with one exception (Bos et al. 2020), and complete immunity is thought to be acquired 2 weeks after the last shot (CDC. N.d.b, Voysey et al. 2021). Other countries such as China or Russia, on the other hand, were extremely early in starting their vaccination campaigns, and are distributing among their citizens different treatments than the aforementioned (Logunov et al.

2021. Zhang et al. 2021).Even if at least three types of plague treatments had been created by the time the novel takes place (Sun 2016), treatments do not play an important role in La Peste, in which therapeutic measures (the serum) are more important than prophylactic ones. Few times in the novel the narrator refers to prophylactic inoculations:There was still no possibility of vaccinating with preventive serum except in families already affected by the disease. (Camus 2002, Part II)Deudon has pointed out that Camus mixes up therapeutic serum and treatment (Deudon 1988), and in fact there exists a certain amount of confusion.

All along the novel, the narrator focuses on the prophylactic goals of the serum, which is applied to people already infected (Othon’s son, Tarrou, Grand…). However, both in the example above (which can be understood as vaccinating household contacts or already affected individuals) and in others, the differences between treating and vaccinating are not clear:After the morning admissions which he was in charge of himself, the patients were vaccinated and the swellings lanced. (Camus 2002, Part II)In any case, this is another situation in which Camus stands aside from scientific matters, which are to him less relevant in his novel than philosophical or literary ones. The distance existing between the relevance of treatments in anti inflammatory drugs and the superficial manner with which Camus treats the topic in La Peste exemplifies this.Part IIIIn part III, the plague’s ravages become tougher. The narrator turns his focus to burials and their disturbance, a frequent topic in epidemics’ narrative (table 1).

Camus knew how acutely increasing demands and hygienic requirements affect funeral habits during epidemics:Everything really happened with the greatest speed and the minimum of risk. (Camus 2002, Part III)Like many other processes during epidemics, the burial process becomes a protocol. When protocolised, everything seems to work well and rapidly. But this perfect mechanism is the Prefecture’s goal, not Rieux’s. He reveals in this moment an aspect in his character barely shown before.

Irony.The whole thing was well organized and the Prefect expressed his satisfaction. He even told Rieux that, when all was said and done, this was preferable to hearses driven by black slaves which one read about in the chronicles of earlier plagues. €˜ Yes,’ Rieux said. €˜ The burial is the same, but we keep a card index. No one can deny that we have made progress.’ (Camus 2002, Part III)Even if this characteristic may seem new in Dr Rieux, we must bear in mind that he is the story narrator, and the narration is ironic from time to time.

For instance, speaking precisely about the burials:The relatives were invited to sign a register –which just showed the difference that there may be between men and, for example, dogs. You can keep check of human beings-. (Camus 2002, Part III)In Camus’s philosophy, the absurd is a core issue. According to Lengers, Rieux is ironic because he is a kind of Sisyphus who has understood the absurdity of plague (Lengers 1994). The response to the absurd is to rebel (Camus 2013), and Rieux does it by helping his fellow humans without questioning anything.

He does not pursue any other goal than doing his duty, thus humour (as a response to dire situations) stands out from him when he observes others celebrating irrelevant achievements, such as the Prefect with his burial protocol. In the field of medical ethics, Lengers has highlighted the importance of Camus’s perspective when considering ‘the immediacy of life rather than abstract values’ (Lengers 1994, 250). Rieux himself is quite sure that his solid commitment is not ‘abstract’, and, even if he falls into abstraction, the importance relies on protecting human lives and not in the name given to that task:Was it truly an abstraction, spending his days in the hospital where the plague was working overtime, bringing the number of victims up to five hundred on average per week?. Yes, there was an element of abstraction and unreality in misfortune. But when an abstraction starts to kill you, you have to get to work on it.

(Camus 2002, Part II)Farewells during anti inflammatory drugs may have not been particularly pleasant for some families. Neither those dying at nursing homes nor in hospitals could be accompanied by their families as previously, due to corpses management protocols, restrictions of external visitors and hygienic measures in general. However, as weeks passed by, certain efforts were made to ease this issue, allowing people to visit their dying beloved sticking to strict preventive measures. On the other hand, the number of people attending funeral masses and cemeteries was also limited, which affected the conventional development of ceremonies as well. Hospitals had to deal with daily tolls of deaths never seen before, and the overcrowding of mortuaries made us see rows of coffins placed in unusual spaces, such as ice rinks (transformation of facilities is another topic in table 1).We turn now to two other points which anti inflammatory drugs has not evaded.

s among essential workers and epidemics’ economic consequences. The author links burials with s among essential workers because gravediggers constitute one of the most affected professions, and connects this fact with the economic recession because unemployment is behind the large availability of workers to replace the dead gravediggers:Many of the male nurses and the gravediggers, who were at first official, then casual, died of the plague. […] The most surprising thing was that there was never a shortage of men to do the job, for as long as the epidemic lasted. […] When the plague really took hold of the town, its very immoderation had one quite convenient outcome, because it disrupted the whole of economic life and so created quite a large number of unemployed. […] Poverty always triumphed over fear, to the extent that work was always paid according to the risk involved.

(Camus 2002, Part III)The effects of the plague over the economic system are one of our recurrent topics (table 1). The plague in Oran, as it forces to close the city, impacts all trading exchanges. In addition, it forbids travellers from arriving to the city, with the economic influence that that entails:This plague was the ruination of tourism. (Camus 2002, Part II)Oranians, who, as we saw, were very worried about making money, are especially affected by an event which jeopardises it. In anti inflammatory drugs, for one reason or for another, most of the countries are suffering economic consequences, since the impact on normal life from the epidemic (another recurrent topic) means also an impact on the normal development of trading activities.Part IVIn Part IV we witness the first signals of a stabilisation of the epidemic:It seemed that the plague had settled comfortably into its peak and was carrying out its daily murders with the precision and regularity of a good civil servant.

In theory, in the opinion of experts, this was a good sign. The graph of the progress of the plague, starting with its constant rise, followed by this long plateau, seemed quite reassuring. (Camus 2002, Part IV)At this time, we consider interesting to expand the topic about the transformation of facilities. We mentioned the case of ice rinks during anti inflammatory drugs, and we bring up now the use of a football pitch as a quarantine camp in Camus’s novel, a scene which has reminded some scholars of the metaphor of Nazism and concentration camps (Finel-Honigman 1978). In Spain, among other measures, a fairground was enabled as a field hospital during the first wave, and it is plausible that many devices created with other purposes were used in tasks attached to healthcare provision during those weeks, as occurred in Oran’s pitch with the loudspeakers:Then the loudspeakers, which in better times had served to introduce the teams or to declare the results of games, announced in a tinny voice that the internees should go back to their tents so that the evening meal could be distributed.

(Camus 2002, Part IV)Related to this episode, we can also highlight the opposition between science and humanism that Camus does. The author alerts us about the dangers of a dehumanised science, of choosing procedures perfectly efficient regardless of their lack in human dignity:The men held out their hands, two ladles were plunged into two of the pots and emerged to unload their contents onto two tin plates. The car drove on and the process was repeated at the next tent.‘ It’s scientific,’ Tarrou told the administrator.‘ Yes,’ he replied with satisfaction, as they shook hands. €˜ It’s scientific.’ (Camus 2002, Part IV)Several cases with favourable outcomes mark Part IV final moments and prepare the reader for the end of the epidemic. To describe these signs of recovering, the narrator turns back to two elements with a main role in the novel.

Rats and figures. In this moment, the first ones reappear and the second ones seem to be declining:He had seen two live rats come into his house through the street door. Neighbours had informed him that the creatures were also reappearing in their houses. Behind the walls of other houses there was a hustle and bustle that had not been heard for months. Rieux waited for the general statistics to be published, as they were at the start of each week.

They showed a decline in the disease. (Camus 2002, Part IV)Part VGiven that we continue facing anti inflammatory drugs, and that forecasts about its end are not easy, we cannot compare ourselves with the Oranians once they have reached the end of the epidemic, what occurs in this part. However, we can analyse our current situation, characterised by a widespread, though cautious, confidence motivated by the beginning of vaccination campaigns, referring it to the events narrated in Part V.Even more than the Oranians, since we feel further than them from the end of the problem, we are cautious about not to anticipate celebrations. From time to time, however, we lend ourselves to dream relying on what the narrator calls ‘a great, unadmitted hope’. anti inflammatory drugs took us by surprise and everyone wants to ‘reorganise’ their life, as Oranians do, but patience is an indispensable component to succeed, as fictional and historical epidemics show us.Although this sudden decline in the disease was unexpected, the towns-people were in no hurry to celebrate.

The preceding months, though they had increased the desire for liberation, had also taught them prudence and accustomed them to count less and less on a rapid end to the epidemic. However, this new development was the subject of every conversation and, in the depths of people’s hearts, there was a great, unadmitted hope. […] One of the signs that a return to a time of good health was secretly expected (though no one admitted the fact) was that from this moment on people readily spoke, with apparent indifference, about how life would be reorganized after the plague. (Camus 2002, Part V)We put our hope on vaccination. Social distancing and other hygienic measures have proved to be effective, but treatments would bring us a more durable solution without compromising so hardly many economic activities and social habits.

As we said, a more important role of scientific aspects is observed in anti inflammatory drugs if compared with La Peste (an expected fact if considered that Camus’s story is an artistic work, that he skips sometimes the most complex scientific issues of the plague and that health sciences have evolved substantially during last decades). Oranians, in fact, achieve the end of the epidemic not through clearly identified scientific responses but with certain randomness:All one could do was to observe that the sickness seemed to be going as it had arrived. The strategy being used against it had not changed. It had been ineffective yesterday, and now it was apparently successful. One merely had the feeling that the disease had exhausted itself, or perhaps that it was retiring after achieving all its objectives.

In a sense, its role was completed. (Camus 2002, Part V)They receive the announcement made by the Prefecture of reopening the town’s gates in 2 weeks time with enthusiasm. Dealing with concrete dates gives them certainty, helps them fix the temporal horizons we wrote about. This is also the case when they are told that preventive measures would be lifted in 1 month. Camus shows us then how the main characters are touched as well by this positive atmosphere:That evening Tarrou and Rieux, Rambert and the rest, walked in the midst of the crowd, and they too felt they were treading on air.

Long after leaving the boulevards Tarrou and Rieux could still hear the sounds of happiness following them… (Camus 2002, Part V)Then, Tarrou points out a sign of recovery coming from the animal world. In a direct zoological chain, infected fleas have vanished from rats, which have been able again to multiply across the city, making the cats abandon their hiding places and to go hunting after them again. At the final step of this chain, Tarrou sees the human being. He remembers the old man who used to spit to the cats beneath his window:At a time when the noise grew louder and more joyful, Tarrou stopped. A shape was running lightly across the dark street.

It was a cat, the first that had been seen since the spring. It stopped for a moment in the middle of the road, hesitated, licked its paw, quickly passed it across its right ear, then carried on its silent way and vanished into the night. Tarrou smiled. The little old man, too, would be happy. (Camus 2002, Part V)Unpleasant things as a town with rats running across its streets, or a man spending his time spitting on a group of cats, constitute normality as much as the reopening of gates or the reboot of commerce.

However, when Camus speaks directly about normality, he highlights more appealing habits. He proposes common leisure activities (restaurants, theatres) as symbols of human life, since he opposes them to Cottard’s life, which has become that of a ‘wild animal’:At least in appearance he [ Cottard ] retired from the world and from one day to the next started to live like a wild animal. He no longer appeared in restaurants, at the theatre or in his favourite cafés. (Camus 2002, Part V)We do not disclose why Cottard’s reaction to the end of the epidemic is different from most of the Oranians’. In any case, the narrator insists later on the assimilation between common pleasures and normality:‘ Perhaps,’ Cottard said, ‘ Perhaps so.

But what do you call a return to normal life?. €™ ‘ New films in the cinema,’ said Tarrou with a smile. (Camus 2002, Part V)Cinema, as well as theatre, live music and many other cultural events have been cancelled or obliged to modify their activities due to anti inflammatory drugs. Several bars and restaurants have closed, and spending time in those who remain open has become an activity which many people tend to avoid, fearing contagion. Thus, normality in our understanding is linked as well to these simple and pleasant habits, and the complete achievement of them will probably signify for us the desired defeat of the symbicort.In La Peste, love is also seen as a simple good to be fully recovered after the plague.

While Rieux goes through the ‘reborn’ Oran, it is lovers’ gatherings what he highlights. Unlike them, everyone who, during the epidemic, sought for goals different from love (such as faith or money, for instance) remain lost when the epidemic has ended:For all the people who, on the contrary, had looked beyond man to something that they could not even imagine, there had been no reply. (Camus 2002, Part V)And this is because lovers, as the narrator says:If they had found that they wanted, it was because they had asked for the only thing that depended on them. (Camus 2002, Part V)We have spoken before about language manipulation, hypocrisy and public figures’ roles during epidemics. Camus, during Dr Rieux’s last visit to the old asthmatic man, makes this frank and humble character criticise, with a point of irony, the authorities’ attitude concerning tributes to the dead:‘ Tell me, doctor, is it true that they’re going to put up a monument to the victims of the plague?.

€™â€˜ So the papers say. A pillar or a plaque.’‘ I knew it!. And there’ll be speeches.’The old man gave a strangled laugh.‘ I can hear them already. €œ Our dead…” Then they’ll go and have dinner.’ (Camus 2002, Part V)The old man illustrates wisely the authorities’ propensity for making speeches. He knows that most of them usually prefer grandiloquence rather than common words, and seizes perfectly their tone when he imitates them (‘Our dead…’).

We have also got used, during anti inflammatory drugs, to these types of messages. We have also heard about ‘our old people’, ‘our youth’, ‘our essential workers’ and even ‘our dead’. Behind this tone, however, there could be an intention to hide errors, or to falsely convey carefulness. Honest rulers do not usually need nice words. They just want them to be accurate.We have seen as well some tributes to the victims during anti inflammatory drugs, some of which we can doubt whether they serve to victims’ relief or to authorities’ promotion.

We want rulers to be less aware of their own image and to stress truthfulness as a goal, even if this is a hard requirement not only for them, but for every single person. Language is essential in this issue, we think, since it is prone to be twisted and to become untrue. The old asthmatic man illustrates it with his ‘There’ll be speeches’ and his ‘Our dead…’, but this is not the only time in the novel in which Camus brings out the topic. For instance, he does so when he equates silence (nothing can be thought as further from wordiness) with truth:It is at the moment of misfortune that one becomes accustomed to truth, that is to say to silence. (Camus 2002, Part II)or when he makes a solid statement against false words:…I understood that all the misfortunes of mankind came from not stating things in clear terms.

(Camus 2002, Part IV)The old asthmatic, in fact, while praising the deceased Tarrou, remarks that he used to admire him because ‘he didn’t talk just for the sake of it.’ (Camus 2002, Part V).Related to this topic, what the old asthmatic says about political authorities may be transposed in our case to other public figures, such as scholars and researchers, media leaders, businessmen and women, health professionals… and, if we extend the scope, to every single citizen. Because hypocrisy, language manipulation and the fact of putting individual interests ahead of collective welfare fit badly with collective issues such as epidemics. Hopefully, also examples to the contrary have been observed during anti inflammatory drugs.The story ends with the fireworks in Oran and the depiction of Dr Rieux’s last feelings. While he is satisfied because of his medical performance and his activity as a witness of the plague, he is concerned about future disasters to come. When anti inflammatory drugs will have passed, it will be time for us as well to review our life during these months.

For now, we are just looking forward to achieving our particular ‘part V’.AbstractThis study addresses the existing gap in literature that ethnographically examines the experiences of Spanish-speaking patients with limited English proficiency in clinical spaces. All of the participants in this study presented to the emergency department (ED) for evaluation of non-urgent health conditions. Patient shadowing was employed to explore the challenges that this population face in unique clinical settings like the ED. This relatively new methodology facilitates obtaining nuanced understandings of clinical contexts under study in ways that quantitative approaches and survey research do not. Drawing from the field of medical anthropology and approach of narrative medicine, the collected data are presented through the use of clinical ethnographic vignettes and thick description.

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Such allotments are referred to as symbicort Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) benefits. The CR extended the authority for P-EBT through Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, and also authorized P-EBT for households with at least one child enrolled in a covered child care facility symbicort inhaler price uk (as defined by Section 1101(i)(1) of the FFCRA, as amended) and the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) when the covered child care facility is closed or has reduced attendance or hours or one or more schools in the area of the covered child care facility are closed or have reduced attendance or hours. This final rule would also safeguard the integrity of SNAP, as P-EBT operates within the SNAP infrastructure. USDA FNS is responsible for administering P-EBT and SNAP at the Federal level symbicort inhaler price uk.

Effective Date. This final symbicort inhaler price uk rule is effective on November 4, 2020. Notice Date. Within 10 calendar days of symbicort inhaler price uk November 4, 2020, SNAP authorized firms shall be notified of the contents of this final rule.

Start Further Info Andrea Gold, the SNAP Retailer Policy and Management Division, USDA FNS at SM.FN.RPMDHQ-WEB@usda.gov. 703.305.2434. End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information Executive Summary Background Information Establishment of P-EBT On January 31, 2020, Secretary Azar of the U.S. Department Health and Human Services (HHS) declared a public health emergency under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C.

247d), in response to the anti-inflammatories Disease 2019 (anti inflammatory drugs). On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared the ongoing anti inflammatory drugs outbreak in the U.S. To be a national emergency. Due to anti inflammatory drugs, many schools nationwide began closing in March 2020.

In order to provide some financial relief to families, on March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First anti-inflammatories Response Act (FFCRA. Pub. L. 116-127).

Section 1101 of the FFCRA, as originally enacted, authorized USDA to approve State plans to provide federally funded food assistance to each household containing at least one child who would have received free or reduced price school meals, but for school closures lasting at least five consecutive days during a public health emergency declaration. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA or the Department) refers to these benefits created by Section 1101 of the FFCRA as symbicort Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) benefits. The Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act (CR.

Pub. L. 116-159) amended Section 1101 of the FFCRA to extend the authority for P-EBT through FY 2021 (which would cover portions of School Years 2020/2021 and 2021/2022) and expanded P-EBT to include. (1) Households with children whose schools reduce the number of days or hours that students attend school for at least five consecutive days during a public health emergency, (2) households with at least one child enrolled in a covered childcare facility and SNAP when the covered child care facility is closed or has reduced attendance or hours for at least five consecutive days during a public health emergency, and (3) households with at least one child enrolled in a covered childcare facility and SNAP when one or more schools in the area of the covered child care facility are closed or have reduced attendance or hours for at least five consecutive days during a public health emergency.

The USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS or the Agency) works to end hunger and obesity through the Federal administration of 15 Federal nutrition assistance programs including the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), which provides free and reduced price lunches to eligible children, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budgets of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency. FNS was, therefore, charged by Congress with the implementation of P-EBT at the Federal level. As of November 4, 2020, 52 States [] have been approved by USDA to administer P-EBT. Collectively, these States have been approved to provide over 30.1 million eligible children with about $10.1 billion in food assistance benefits.

Section 1101(d) of the FFCRA provided States the option to deliver P-EBT benefits via the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system established for SNAP benefits by Section 7 of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (FNA. 7 U.S.C. 2016). All States, as defined by Start Printed Page 70044this rule, that have implemented P-EBT have opted to use the EBT system for such delivery.

Routine Operation of SNAP Benefit Issuance and Redemption SNAP benefits are issued and redeemed using the EBT system. Each SNAP household has an account into which SNAP benefits are issued on a monthly basis. The SNAP benefits are accessed by a household using an EBT card and a personal identification number (PIN), and may only be used to purchase SNAP eligible food as defined in 7 CFR 271.2. In addition, SNAP benefits may only be redeemed at firms [] authorized by USDA to accept SNAP benefits.

Per Section 9 of the FNA (7 U.S.C. 2018) and 7 CFR 278.1(a), firms must apply to and be authorized by the Department to accept SNAP benefits as a form of payment. The Department is responsible for policy and oversight related to firm eligibility, authorization, and compliance. USDA oversight includes integrity efforts such as findings of violations on the basis of evidence obtained through on-site investigations, inconsistent SNAP redemption data, and evidence obtained through a transaction report under the EBT system.

Per 7 CFR 278.1, 278.6, and 278.7, firms that violate SNAP rules may face the following. Adverse Administrative Actions Denial (a firm applying for SNAP authorization is found ineligible and may not reapply for a specific period) Withdrawal (an authorized firm is found ineligible, removed from the program, and may not reapply for a specific period) Penalties (imposed after an investigation revealed violations). Warning Letter (the violations found at the firm do not rise to the level of a sanction, so the firm is only warned) Sanctions (the violations found at the firm are serious, so the firm is subject to a sanction). ○ Claim (the firm must repay illicitly obtained benefits) ○ Disqualification (the firm may not participate in the program for a specific period) ○ Civil Money Penalty (CMP.

The firm must pay a fine) Hardship CMP (a firm facing a term disqualification in a low food access area may pay a fine and continue to participate in the program) Transfer of Ownership CMP (a firm is sold while serving a period of disqualification and must pay a fine) Trafficking CMP (a firm meeting certain criteria may pay a fine in lieu of permanent disqualification for trafficking) One of the most serious violations of SNAP rules for firms is trafficking. SNAP regulations at 7 CFR 271.2 currently define the violation of trafficking. Trafficking usually means the exchange of SNAP benefits for cash or other consideration and carries more serious sanctions for firms. The Department monitors and takes appropriate administrative action, including sanctions, against firms that engage in trafficking and other violations.

USDA cannot fulfill its primary purpose of helping individuals and families in need afford a basic diet without maintaining strong program integrity. USDA takes its role as a steward of public funds seriously and emphasizes program integrity throughout all program operations, including the use of a fraud detection system to analyze data on EBT transactions conducted at firms. Implementation of P-EBT and Interaction With SNAP Per Section 1101(d) of the FFCRA, P-EBT benefits may be issued through the same EBT system established by Section 7 of the FNA (7 U.S.C. 2016) which is used to issue SNAP benefits.

To accelerate the implementation of P-EBT, ease administrative burden for States, and more rapidly provide emergency financial relief to families, States generally issued P-EBT benefits onto a household's existing EBT card if the household was already receiving SNAP benefits (and therefore already possessed an EBT card). Initially, the Department planned to implement P-EBT using a model similar to that used for certain Child Nutrition Summer EBT demonstration projects (Summer EBT for Children or SEBTC) as authorized by the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-80).

In this SEBTC model, benefits are issued to a participant's existing EBT card into an account distinct from SNAP, and the SEBTC benefits remain separate from SNAP benefits throughout the issuance and redemption process. However, because this SEBTC model was only ever implemented as a demonstration project in 7 States, most States were not already equipped with the infrastructure needed to implement P-EBT in the same manner. Due to the experience administering these SEBTC demonstration projects, USDA determined that it would take several months to modify SNAP State Agency eligibility and issuance systems to accommodate this type of model for P-EBT. In addition, due to the ongoing and national anti inflammatory drugs Public Health Emergency, SNAP State Agencies found themselves extremely short-staffed and unable implement this type of major system modification.

After consultation with SNAP State Agencies, and in light of the urgency of the ongoing and national anti inflammatory drugs Public Health Emergency, USDA permitted States to issue SNAP and P-EBT benefits using essentially the same existing SNAP EBT mechanism every State already had in place. As a result of this, however, P-EBT and SNAP benefits are generally indistinguishable throughout the issuance and redemption process. Under the process implemented by States, P-EBT benefits were generally issued onto a household's existing EBT card if the household was already receiving SNAP benefits (and therefore already possessed an EBT card). Such SNAP households would have received P-EBT benefit issuances into their existing SNAP accounts.

Once P-EBT benefits were issued into households' existing SNAP accounts, P-EBT benefits and SNAP benefits became comingled, and neither SNAP households receiving P-EBT benefits nor firms accepting P-EBT benefits were able to tell the difference between these two types of benefits. In at least one State, new cards were sent to all P-EBT recipient households, regardless as to their participation in SNAP. Non-SNAP households that were eligible for P-EBT benefits generally received EBT cards in the mail that were loaded with only P-EBT benefits. These cards issued to non-SNAP households functioned identically to the EBT cards provided to SNAP households.

Despite using the same delivery and funding mechanism, P-EBT benefits are not SNAP benefits. SNAP was authorized and is governed by the FNA, while P-EBT was separately created and is governed by the FFCRA with separate appropriations for a different purpose—to provide supplemental allotments to households with children who would have otherwise received free or reduced school meals, but for school closures related to the ongoing and national anti inflammatory drugs Public Health Emergency. See Section 1101 of the FFCRA. Nevertheless, the aforementioned implementation mechanisms rendered P-EBT and SNAP benefits essentially Start Printed Page 70045indistinguishable for benefit issuance and redemption purposes.

Purpose of the Final Rule Because P-EBT and SNAP benefits are essentially indistinguishable for benefit issuance and redemption purposes when the benefits are loaded onto the same EBT card, neither SNAP households receiving P-EBT benefits nor firms accepting P-EBT benefits are able to tell the difference between these two types of benefits. At the same time, the Department's SNAP fraud detection system also cannot distinguish between these two types of benefits. In addition, as discussed earlier, 7 CFR parts 271 and 278 provide for adverse administrative actions against firms for SNAP violations, such as trafficking, but those regulations govern violations involving SNAP benefits, not P-EBT benefits. Since P-EBT benefits are not SNAP benefits, existing regulations regarding the appropriate use of SNAP benefits and the consequences for misusing those benefits do not apply to P-EBT benefits, and there are currently no such provisions for the misuse of P-EBT benefits.

However, USDA finds it appropriate and necessary to impose certain restrictions on the use of P-EBT benefits for several reasons described below. Congress initially authorized P-EBT as food assistance for households with children who lost free or reduced price school meals and since then, as mentioned previously, has greatly expanded P-EBT's scope. P-EBT benefits are not cash assistance, nor are they intended for misuse such as trafficking. As a type of replacement for the value of meals at schools or covered child care facilities,[] P-EBT is not intended for certain incongruous uses, including the purchase of nonfood items such as alcohol and tobacco.

To safeguard the integrity of P-EBT (as well as SNAP), this final rule will ensure that the Department can hold firms accountable by aligning P-EBT with certain existing SNAP integrity regulations. The Department believes that providing an integrity scheme for P-EBT helps ensure that P-EBT benefits are used for their intended purpose, upholding the Congressional intent of both the FFCRA and the CR. The inability to impose penalties on all firms for misuse of P-EBT benefits undermines USDA's oversight and integrity efforts, and would also adversely affect SNAP oversight and integrity. For example, in FY 2019, USDA identified and sanctioned more than one thousand firms engaged in the trafficking of SNAP benefits.[] The overwhelming majority of these cases were built, at least in part, using the Department's SNAP fraud detection system's transaction data.

Since the Department's SNAP fraud detection system cannot distinguish between SNAP and P-EBT benefits in transaction data, USDA would be unable to use this vital data in program integrity work without considerable time-consuming modifications and resources, or the promulgation of this final rule. Without this final rule, USDA's ability to hold violators accountable would be adversely impacted. To illustrate the impact on USDA's oversight efforts, a 2017 report regarding trafficking activities from 2012 through 2014 revealed that approximately 12 percent, or about 36,000 firms, engaged in trafficking, totaling approximately $1.1 billion a year or about 1.5% of all benefits redeemed. If USDA were unable to use EBT transaction data as is typically done for detecting trafficking and sanctioning trafficking firms, then as many as a thousand fewer firms engaging in trafficking would be identified and sanctioned in a year.[] This would mean that such firms would be able to continue to commit trafficking violations without consequence, resulting in as much as $31 million in fraud a year that would remain unchecked.[] The purpose of P-EBT was to provide financial relief to families in the midst of the ongoing national anti inflammatory drugs Public Health Emergency.

USDA prioritized expediting the implementation of P-EBT in States that applied. However, while making expeditious implementation possible, the co-mingling of SNAP and P-EBT benefits inadvertently introduced this anomaly into FNS integrity efforts. If USDA did not promulgate this final rule, then USDA would not be able to efficiently and effectively address misuse by firms of P-EBT benefits or SNAP benefits, and both P-EBT and SNAP program integrity would be adversely impacted. Assuming that P-EBT benefits are trafficked at a rate similar to SNAP benefits, USDA estimates that $151 million in P-EBT benefits could be trafficked.[] Currently, USDA estimates that about 3 percent of actual EBT fraud is detected through investigations that utilize EBT transaction data.

The limited ability to use this data would potentially cause this fraud to go unchecked, which would constitute a serious integrity issue. Furthermore, because P-EBT benefits may remain in a household's account for months or even years before being expunged, USDA must address these integrity problems. Otherwise, they could persist for months or even years after the issuance of P-EBT benefits.[] This final rule is crucial in allowing USDA to address trafficking in a timely manner and ensuring P-EBT benefits, as well as SNAP benefits, are used in a manner consistent with Congressional intent. This final rule allows USDA to immediately address the integrity issues, instead of prolonging them and allowing for bad actors to discover the anomaly and take advantage of it.

If USDA were to notify the public of these integrity issues without implementing a comprehensive solution, then such a notice would subvert program integrity. By promulgating this final rule, USDA is ensuring that traditional mechanisms of ongoing and robust firm oversight Start Printed Page 70046and enforcement are maintained to protect the integrity of both P-EBT and SNAP and that the current lack of P-EBT integrity regulations is addressed without further unnecessary and harmful delay. This will allow USDA to continue detecting and pursuing administrative remedies to ensure there is no increase in trafficking and other violations. Importantly, given the urgency of the issue, it is most efficient for P-EBT regulations to adopt the structure and meaning of SNAP regulations instead of crafting an entirely new regulatory scheme and implementing massive system changes that would accompany such a new regulatory scheme.

Such separate undertakings solely for P-EBT are impractical and potentially ineffective because of the time, cost, and effort involved. For the reasons discussed, this final rule establishes integrity regulations (as enumerated in this final rule) for P-EBT benefits as detailed further below in the “Summary of P-EBT Regulations” section. Summary of P-EBT Regulations This final rule establishes that P-EBT benefits issued pursuant to Section 1101 of the FFCRA, as amended by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act (CR. Pub.

L. 116-159) or any subsequent legislation, are subject to integrity regulations, as enumerated below. This change will ensure that P-EBT (as well as SNAP) is administered in a manner that safeguards against fraud and abuse. This final rule renames the previously reserved part 284 as “Miscellaneous” and creates § 284.1, titled “symbicort Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT),” therein.

The following crosswalk summarizes the provisions of this new § 284.1. The left column lists the citation for each final rule provision, the center column summarizes the effect of the provision, and the right column indicates the preexisting SNAP integrity regulation to which the final rule provision refers. In using phrases such as “involving P-EBT benefits”, the Department means that the activity at issue involves P-EBT benefits as well as SNAP benefits, or only P-EBT benefits. Under 7 CFR 278.6, a firm that commits serious violations may be subject to a period of disqualification or a civil money penalty.

Under this final rule, if a firm commits violations involving P-EBT benefits (e.g., trafficking only P-EBT benefits or trafficking a combination of P-EBT and SNAP benefits), then that firm shall be subject to the appropriate sanction (e.g., permanent disqualification or a civil money penalty in lieu of permanent disqualification). Firms shall not be subject to multiple sanctions for a single investigation that involves both P-EBT and SNAP benefits (i.e., firms shall not be subject to one sanction for misuse of P-EBT benefits and a separate sanction for misuse of SNAP benefits based on a single investigation). While this final rule promulgates provisions for P-EBT benefits that generally track the corresponding SNAP benefit provisions, one exception is the P-EBT benefits provision concerning judicial review. As P-EBT benefits arise from FFCRA, as amended regulations at § 284.1(g) will provide for judicial appeal rights pursuant the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C.

702 through 706) as opposed to section 14 of the FNA. Currently, judicial review requests for civil cases filed pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act have a six-year statute of limitations. See 28 U.S.C. 2401(a).

Citation in this final rulePurpose of final rule provisionReference to preexisting regulation7 CFR 284.1(a)background on P-EBT and the function of this sectionn/a.7 CFR 284.1(b)(1)definition of trafficking applies to activities described in such definition involving P-EBT benefits7 CFR 271.2.7 CFR 284.1(b)(2)definition of firm's practice applies to activities described in such definition involving P-EBT benefits7 CFR 271.2.7 CFR 284.1(b)(3)definition of involving P-EBT benefits or involve P-EBT benefits means activities involving P-EBT benefits as well as SNAP benefits, or only P-EBT benefitsn/a.7 CFR 284.1(c)requirements and restrictions on the participation of retail food stores and wholesale food concerns and the redemption of coupons apply to activities involving P-EBT benefits, including the restriction that P-EBT benefits may only be accepted by an authorized firm and only in exchange for eligible food7 CFR 278.2, 278.3, and 278.4.7 CFR 284.1(d)a firm may be subject to denial or withdrawal for any violations involving P-EBT benefits as specified in the subparagraphs7 CFR 278.1.7 CFR 284.1(d)(1)firms with certain sanctions for violations involving P-EBT benefits must submit a collateral bond or irrevocable letter or credit as a condition of authorization. The calculation of the value of such collateral bonds or irrevocable letters or credit shall also include the amount of P-EBT redemptions7 CFR 278.1(b)(4).7 CFR 284.1(d)(2)authorization will be denied or withdrawn for activities indicating a lack of necessary business integrity and reputation, including activities involving P-EBT benefits7 CFR 278.1(b)(3), (k)(3) and (6), and (l)(1)(iv).7 CFR 284.1(d)(3)authorization will be denied or withdrawn for failure to pay fines, penalties, and claims imposed for violations involving P-EBT benefits7 CFR 278.1(k)(7) and (l)(1)(v) and (vi).7 CFR 284.1(e)a firm may be subject to disqualification, monetary penalties, and/or fines for any violations that include activities involving P-EBT benefits as specified in the subparagraphs7 CFR 278.6.7 CFR 284.1(e)(1)permanent disqualification or civil monetary penalty in lieu of permanent disqualification for trafficking applies to trafficking that involves P-EBT benefits7 CFR 278.6(e)(1)(i) and (i).7 CFR 284.1(e)(2)permanent disqualification for violations involving P-EBT benefits, such as the sale of ineligible items, when the firm had already been sanctioned at least twice7 CFR 278.6(e)(1)(ii).7 CFR 284.1(e)(3)sanctions for unauthorized acceptance apply to transactions involving P-EBT benefits7 CFR 278.6(e)(2)(v), (e)(3)(iv), and (m).Start Printed Page 700477 CFR 284.1(e)(4)5-year disqualification for certain firms when collective redemptions exceed food sales in a certain time period. The amount of redemptions shall also include the amount of P-EBT redemptions7 CFR 278.6(e)(2)(ii), (iii), and (iv).7 CFR 284.1(e)(5)3-year disqualification for any of the violations described in § 278.6(e)(2) when FNS had not previously advised the firm of the possibility that violations were occurring and of the possible consequences of violating the regulations, when those violations involve P-EBT benefits7 CFR 278.6(e)(3)(ii).7 CFR 284.1(e)(6)1-year disqualification for transactions involving P-EBT benefits where retailer accepted benefits in payment for items sold on credit7 CFR 278.6(e)(4)(ii) and 278.2(f).7 CFR 284.1(e)(7)disqualifications for sale of ineligible foods applies to transactions involving P-EBT benefits7 CFR 278.6(e)(2)(i), (e)(3)(i), (e)(4)(i), and (e)(5).7 CFR 284.1(e)(8)periods of disqualification imposed against firms will be doubled when such firms have been sanctioned for committing violations involving P-EBT benefits7 CFR 278.6(e)(6).7 CFR 284.1(e)(9)warning letters shall be issued to firms when such firms commit violations involving P-EBT benefits, which are too limited to warrant a period of disqualification7 CFR 278.6(e)(7).7 CFR 284.1(e)(10)calculation of hardship and transfer of ownership civil money penalties includes consideration of the firm's average monthly redemption of P-EBT benefits7 CFR 278.6(g).7 CFR 284.1(e)(11)calculation of trafficking civil money penalties includes consideration of the firm's average monthly redemption of P-EBT benefits7 CFR 278.6(j).7 CFR 284.1(f)standards regarding the determination and disposition of claims apply to claims based on P-EBT benefits7 CFR 278.7.7 CFR 284.1(g)firms aggrieved by administrative action under § 284.1(d), (e), and (f) may request administrative review in accordance with part 279, subpart A. Firms aggrieved by the determination of such an administrative review may seek judicial review under 5 U.S.C.

702 through 7067 CFR part 279. Procedural Matters Administrative Procedure Act (APA) Statement The Administrative Procedure Act of 1946, as amended (APA. 5 U.S.C. 553), generally requires that agencies go through notice-and-comment rulemaking before finalizing regulations and have a 30-day delayed effective date for final rules.

The APA, however, allows for exemptions to these requirements. This final rule is being promulgated under one of these exemptions, as described below. APA Exemption for Rules Pertaining to Benefits The APA provides that the notice-and-comment and 30-day delay in the effective date provisions do not apply when a rule concerns “a matter relating to agency management or personnel or to public property, loans, grants, benefits, or contracts.” 5 U.S.C. 553(a)(2).

P-EBT is a food assistance benefit created by the FFCRA and, therefore, USDA has the authority under FFCRA to issue a final rule pertaining to P-EBT without notice-and-comment or a delayed effective date.[] Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public health, and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity). Executive Order 13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both cost and benefits, of reducing cost, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting flexibility. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has reviewed this final rule and determined that it is not significant under Executive Order 12866 (E.O. 12866).

E.O. 12866 defines a “significant regulatory action” as one that is likely to. (1) Have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more or adversely affect, in a material way, the economy, a sector of the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, or State, local, or Tribal governments or communities. (2) create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency.

(3) materially alter the budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs or the rights and obligations of recipients thereof. Or (4) raise novel legal or policy issues arising out of legal mandates, the President's priorities, or the principles set forth in E.O. 12866. This final rule does not meet any of these criteria.

The Department does not anticipate that this final rule will impose any additional costs on firms, beneficiary households, SNAP State Agencies, or any other stakeholders. USDA estimates that failure to promulgate and implement this final rule would significantly hamper the agency's ability to enforce regulation and law in maintaining SNAP integrity. USDA considered the regulatory alternatives of taking no action or promulgating this final rule instead as a notice of proposed rulemaking, but these approaches were rejected for the reasons provided in the preamble. As this rule was designated not significant, no additional regulatory impact analysis has been performed for this rule.Start Printed Page 70048 Regulatory Flexibility Act Certification The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) generally requires that agencies must prepare a regulatory flexibility analysis that meets the requirements of the RFA and publish such an analysis in the Federal Register.

Specifically, the RFA normally requires agencies to describe the impact of a rulemaking on small entities by providing a regulatory impact analysis. Such an analysis must address the consideration of regulatory options that would lessen the economic effect of the rule on small entities. The RFA defines a “small entity” as (1) a proprietary firm meeting the size standards of the Small Business Administration (SBA). (2) a nonprofit organization that is not dominant in its field.

Or (3) a small government jurisdiction with a population of less than 50,000. Except for such small government jurisdictions, neither State nor local governments are “small entities.” Similarly, for purposes of the RFA, individual persons are not small entities. The requirement to conduct a regulatory impact analysis does not apply if the agency “certifies that the rule will not, if promulgated, have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.” The Department hereby certifies that this final rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Congressional Review Act Pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (CRA.

Pub. L. 104-121), OMB has designated this action as not a major rule, as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2).

The CRA defines a “major rule” as any rule that has resulted in or is likely to result in. An annual effect on the economy of $100,000,000 or more. A major increase in costs or prices for consumers, individual industries, Federal, State, or local government agencies, or geographic regions. Or, significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or on the ability of U.S.-based enterprises to compete with foreign-based enterprises in domestic and export markets.

Executive Order 13771 directs agencies to reduce regulation and control regulatory costs and provides that the cost of planned regulations be prudently managed and controlled through a budgeting process. This rule is not an E.O. 13771 regulatory action because it is not significant under E.O. 12866.

This final rule has been reviewed under Executive Order 12988 (E.O. 12988), Civil Justice Reform. This rule is intended to have preemptive effect with respect to any State or local laws, regulations, or policies which conflict with its provisions or which would otherwise impede its full and timely implementation. This final rule is not intended to have retroactive effect.

Prior to any judicial challenge to the provisions of the final rule, all applicable administrative procedures must be exhausted. Executive Order 12372, Intergovernmental Review Executive Order 12372 (E.O. 12372) requires intergovernmental consultation with State and local governments that would provide non-Federal funds for, or that would be directly affected by, proposed Federal financial assistance or direct Federal development. This is a final rule regarding benefits fully funded by the Federal Government and is therefore excluded from the scope of E.O.

12372. Executive Order 13132 (E.O. 13132) requires Federal agencies to consider the impact of their regulatory actions on State and local governments. Where such actions have federalism implications, imposes substantial direct compliance costs on State and local government, and are not required by statute, agencies are directed to provide a statement for inclusion in the preamble to the regulations describing the agency's considerations in terms of the three categories called for under Section (6)(b)(2)(B) of E.O.

13132. The Department has considered the impact of this final rule on State and local governments and has determined that this rule does not have federalism implications. Therefore, a federalism impact summary is not required. Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments Executive Order 13175 (E.O.

13175) requires Federal agencies to consult and coordinate With Tribes on a government-to-government basis on policies that have Tribal implications, including regulations, legislative comments or proposed legislation, and other policy statements or actions that have substantial direct effects on one or more Indian Tribes, on the relationship between the Federal Government and Indian Tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian Tribes. The Department has considered the impact of this final rule on Indian Tribes and has determined that this rule does not have Tribal implications. Although Tribal consultation and coordination is not required under E.O. 13175, USDA commits to review of this rule at the Department's next scheduled Tribal listening session in case unexpected Tribal government issues or concerns emerge during implementation.

Paperwork Reduction Act The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chap. 35. 5 CFR part 1320) requires the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve collections of information by a Federal agency before they can be implemented.

In accordance with 44 U.S.C. 3518(c)(1)(B)(ii), any information requests or requirements in this rule are not subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act because such collections of information are pursuant to an administrative action or investigation by an agency of the United States against specific individuals or entities. The Secretary hereby certifies that this rule does not impose reporting or recordkeeping requirements subject to the approval by the Office of Management and Budget under the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act. E-Government Act Compliance USDA is committed to the E-Government Act, which requires Government agencies in general to provide the public the option of submitting information or transacting business electronically to the maximum extent possible.

An electronic copy of this final rule will be made available through the agency's website. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act This final rule contains no Federal mandates (under the regulatory provision of title II of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995) for State, local, and Tribal governments or the private sector. Therefore, this final rule is not subject to the requirements of section 202 and 205 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act. Civil Rights Impact Analysis USDA FNS has reviewed this final rule in accordance with USDA Regulation 4300-4, “Civil Rights Impact Analysis,” to identify any major civil rights impacts this final rule might have on SNAP or P-EBT participants on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, sex or disability.

After review and Start Printed Page 70049analysis of the final rule and available data, it has been determined that this final rule will neither adversely nor disproportionately impact any protected group. As this final rule has not been designated a “significant regulatory action,” a separate Civil Rights Impact Analysis (CRIA) is not required per Section 7(a) of USDA Regulation 4300-4, “Civil Rights Impact Analysis.” USDA Non-Discrimination Policy In accordance with Federal civil rights law and USDA civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/​complaint_​filing_​cust.html and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by.

(1) Mail. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410. (2) fax.

(202) 690-7442. Or (3) email. Program.intake@usda.gov. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

Start List of Subjects Administrative practice and procedureFood stampsGrant programs-social programssymbicortPenalties End List of Subjects Start Amendment PartFor the reasons set out in the preamble, 7 CFR part 284 is added to read as follows:End Amendment Part Start Part 284.1 symbicort Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT). 284.2 [Reserved] Start Authority Pub. L. 116-127, 134 Stat.

178. End Authority symbicort Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT). (a) Overview. Section 1101 of the Families First anti-inflammatories Response Act (FFCRA.

Pub. L. 116-127), as amended, authorized supplemental allotments to certain households. These benefits shall be referred to as symbicort Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) benefits throughout this section.

This section establishes the retailer integrity regulations for P-EBT for retailers in any State as defined in Section 3(r) of the Food and Nutrition Act. (b) Definitions. For this section. (1) Trafficking means the activities described in the definition of trafficking at § 271.2 of this chapter when such activities involve P-EBT benefits.

(2) Firm's practice means the activities described in the definition of firm's practice at § 271.2 of this chapter when such activities involve P-EBT benefits. (3) Involving P-EBT benefits or involve P-EBT benefits means activities involving P-EBT benefits as well as supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) benefits, or only P-EBT benefits. (c) Participation of retail food stores and wholesale food concerns, and redemption of P-EBT benefits. Requirements and restrictions on the participation of retail food stores and wholesale food concerns and the redemption of coupons described at §§ 278.2, 278.3 and 278.4 of this chapter, including the acceptance of coupons for eligible food at authorized firms, also apply to activities involving P-EBT benefits.

(d) Firm eligibility standards. A firm may be subject to the following actions described at § 278.1 of this chapter for noncompliance or violations involving P-EBT benefits. (1) The requirements described at § 278.1(b)(4) of this chapter regarding a collateral bond or irrevocable letter of credit for applicant firms with certain sanctions apply to applicant firms with sanctions imposed for violations involving P-EBT benefits. The amount of the collateral bond or irrevocable letter of credit shall be calculated in accordance with § 278.1(b)(4)(i)(D) and shall also include the amount of P-EBT benefit redemptions when calculating the average monthly benefit redemption volume.

(2) Authorization shall be denied or withdrawn based on a determination by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) that a firm lacks or fails to maintain necessary business integrity and reputation, in accordance with the standards and time periods described at § 278.1(b)(3), (k)(3), and (l)(1)(iv) of this chapter. When making such determinations, FNS shall consider the criteria referred to in § 278.1(b)(3), (k)(3), and (l)(1)(iv) where the underlying activities involve P-EBT benefits. (3) Firm authorization shall be denied or withdrawn for failure to pay any claims, fines, or civil money penalties in the manner described at § 278.1(k)(7) and (l)(1)(v) and (vi) of this chapter where such sanctions were imposed for violations involving P-EBT benefits. (e) Penalties.

For firms that commit certain violations described at §§ 278.6 and 278.2 of this chapter where such violations involve P-EBT benefits, FNS shall take the corresponding action prescribed at § 278.6 or § 278.2 for that violation. For the purposes of assigning a period of disqualification, a warning letter shall not be considered to be a sanction. Specifically, FNS shall. (1) Disqualify a firm permanently, as described at § 278.6(e)(1)(i) of this chapter, for trafficking, as defined at § 284.1(b)(1) of this chapter, or impose a civil money penalty in lieu of permanent disqualification, as described at § 278.6(i) of this chapter, where such compliance policy and program is designed to prevent violations of regulations of this section.

(2) Disqualify a firm permanently, as described at § 278.6(e)(1)(ii) of this chapter, for any violation involving P-EBT benefits committed by a firm that had already been sanctioned at least twice before under this section or part 278 of this chapter. (3) Disqualify the firm for 5 years, as described at § 278.6(e)(2)(v) of this chapter, or for 3 years, as described at § 278.6(e)(3)(iv) of this chapter, for unauthorized acceptance violations involving P-EBT benefits, and impose fines, as described at § 278.6(m) of this chapter, for unauthorized acceptance violations involving P-EBT benefits. (4) Disqualify the firm for 5 years in circumstances described at § 278.6(e)(2) of this chapter when the amount of redemptions, which shall also include the amount of P-EBT redemptions, exceed food sales for the same period of time, as described at § 278.6(e)(2)(ii), (iii), and (iv);Start Printed Page 70050 (5) Disqualify the firm for 3 years as described at § 278.6(e)(3)(ii) of this chapter for situations described at § 278.6(e)(2) of this chapter involving P-EBT benefits. (6) Disqualify the firm for 1 year for credit account violations as described at §§ 278.6(e)(4)(ii) and 278.2(f) of this chapter, where such violations involve P-EBT benefits.

(7) Disqualify the firm for ineligibles violations for such circumstances and corresponding time periods as described at § 278.6(e)(2)(i), (e)(3)(i), (e)(4)(i), and (e)(5) of this chapter, where such violations involve P-EBT benefits. (8) Double the appropriate period of disqualification for a violation, as described at § 278.6(e)(6) of this chapter, where such violation involves P-EBT benefits, when the firm has once before been assigned a sanction under this section or part 278 of this chapter. (9) Issue a warning letter to the violative firm when violations are too limited to warrant a period of disqualification, as described at § 278.6(e)(7) of this chapter, where such violations involve P-EBT benefits. (10) Impose a civil money penalty for hardship or transfer of ownership, as described at § 278.6(g) of this chapter, in amounts calculated using the described formula at § 278.6(g), which shall also include the relevant amount of P-EBT redemptions when calculating the average monthly benefit redemptions.

And (11) Impose a civil money penalty in lieu of permanent disqualification for trafficking as described at § 278.6(j) of this chapter in an amount calculated using the described formula at § 278.6(j), which shall also include the relevant amount of P-EBT redemptions when calculating the average monthly benefit redemptions. (f) Claims. The standards for determination and disposition of claims described at § 278.7 of this chapter apply to P-EBT benefits. (g) Administrative and Judicial review.

Firms aggrieved by administrative action under paragraphs (d), (e), and (f) of this section may request administrative review of the administrative action with FNS in accordance with part 279, subpart A, of this chapter. Firms aggrieved by the determination of such an administrative review may seek judicial review of the determination under 5 U.S.C. 702 through 706. [Reserved] End Part Start Signature Pamilyn Miller, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.

End Signature End Supplemental Information [FR Doc. 2020-24303 Filed 11-3-20. 8:45 am]BILLING CODE 3410-30-P.

Start Preamble symbicort street price Start Printed Page 70043 Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Agriculture Department cheap symbicort online canada (USDA). Final rule symbicort street price. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS or the Agency), an agency of the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA or the Department), is issuing a final rule to add regulations that will ensure the integrity of the supplemental allotments created by Section 1101 of the Families First anti-inflammatories Response Act (FFCRA), as amended by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act (CR) for households with children who would have otherwise received free or reduced price school meals under the Richard B.

Russell National School Lunch Act, but for school closures or reduction in the number of days or hours that students attend school symbicort street price in response to the ongoing and national anti-inflammatories Disease 2019 (anti inflammatory drugs) Public Health Emergency. Such allotments are referred to as symbicort Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) benefits. The CR extended the authority for P-EBT through Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, and also authorized P-EBT for households symbicort street price with at least one child enrolled in a covered child care facility (as defined by Section 1101(i)(1) of the FFCRA, as amended) and the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) when the covered child care facility is closed or has reduced attendance or hours or one or more schools in the area of the covered child care facility are closed or have reduced attendance or hours.

This final rule would also safeguard the integrity of SNAP, as P-EBT operates within the SNAP infrastructure. USDA FNS is responsible for administering P-EBT and symbicort street price SNAP at the Federal level. Effective Date.

This final rule is effective on symbicort street price November 4, 2020. Notice Date. Within 10 calendar days of November 4, symbicort street price 2020, SNAP authorized firms shall be notified of the contents of this final rule.

Start Further Info Andrea Gold, the SNAP Retailer Policy and Management Division, USDA FNS at SM.FN.RPMDHQ-WEB@usda.gov. 703.305.2434. End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information Executive Summary Background Information Establishment of P-EBT On January 31, 2020, Secretary Azar of the U.S.

Department Health and Human Services (HHS) declared a public health emergency under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 247d), in response to the anti-inflammatories Disease 2019 (anti inflammatory drugs). On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared the ongoing anti inflammatory drugs outbreak in the U.S.

To be a national emergency. Due to anti inflammatory drugs, many schools nationwide began closing in March 2020. In order to provide some financial relief to families, on March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First anti-inflammatories Response Act (FFCRA.

Section 1101 of the FFCRA, as originally enacted, authorized USDA to approve State plans to provide federally funded food assistance to each household containing at least one child who would have received free or reduced price school meals, but for school closures lasting at least five consecutive days during a public health emergency declaration. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA or the Department) refers to these benefits created by Section 1101 of the FFCRA as symbicort Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) benefits.

The Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act (CR. Pub. L.

116-159) amended Section 1101 of the FFCRA to extend the authority for P-EBT through FY 2021 (which would cover portions of School Years 2020/2021 and 2021/2022) and expanded P-EBT to include. (1) Households with children whose schools reduce the number of days or hours that students attend school for at least five consecutive days during a public health emergency, (2) households with at least one child enrolled in a covered childcare facility and SNAP when the covered child care facility is closed or has reduced attendance or hours for at least five consecutive days during a public health emergency, and (3) households with at least one child enrolled in a covered childcare facility and SNAP when one or more schools in the area of the covered child care facility are closed or have reduced attendance or hours for at least five consecutive days during a public health emergency. The USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS or the Agency) works to end hunger and obesity through the Federal administration of 15 Federal nutrition assistance programs including the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), which provides free and reduced price lunches to eligible children, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budgets of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency.

FNS was, therefore, charged by Congress with the implementation of P-EBT at the Federal level. As of November 4, 2020, 52 States [] have been approved by USDA to administer P-EBT. Collectively, these States have been approved to provide over 30.1 million eligible children with about $10.1 billion in food assistance benefits.

Section 1101(d) of the FFCRA provided States the option to deliver P-EBT benefits via the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system established for SNAP benefits by Section 7 of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (FNA. 7 U.S.C. 2016).

All States, as defined by Start Printed Page 70044this rule, that have implemented P-EBT have opted to use the EBT system for such delivery. Routine Operation of SNAP Benefit Issuance and Redemption SNAP benefits are issued and redeemed using the EBT system. Each SNAP household has an account into which SNAP benefits are issued on a monthly basis.

The SNAP benefits are accessed by a household using an EBT card and a personal identification number (PIN), and may only be used to purchase SNAP eligible food as defined in 7 CFR 271.2. In addition, SNAP benefits may only be redeemed at firms [] authorized by USDA to accept SNAP benefits. Per Section 9 of the FNA (7 U.S.C.

2018) and 7 CFR 278.1(a), firms must apply to and be authorized by the Department to accept SNAP benefits as a form of payment. The Department is responsible for policy and oversight related to firm eligibility, authorization, and compliance. USDA oversight includes integrity efforts such as findings of violations on the basis of evidence obtained through on-site investigations, inconsistent SNAP redemption data, and evidence obtained through a transaction report under the EBT system.

Per 7 CFR 278.1, 278.6, and 278.7, firms that violate SNAP rules may face the following. Adverse Administrative Actions Denial (a firm applying for SNAP authorization is found ineligible and may not reapply for a specific period) Withdrawal (an authorized firm is found ineligible, removed from the program, and may not reapply for a specific period) Penalties (imposed after an investigation revealed violations). Warning Letter (the violations found at the firm do not rise to the level of a sanction, so the firm is only warned) Sanctions (the violations found at the firm are serious, so the firm is subject to a sanction).

○ Claim (the firm must repay illicitly obtained benefits) ○ Disqualification (the firm may not participate in the program for a specific period) ○ Civil Money Penalty (CMP. The firm must pay a fine) Hardship CMP (a firm facing a term disqualification in a low food access area may pay a fine and continue to participate in the program) Transfer of Ownership CMP (a firm is sold while serving a period of disqualification and must pay a fine) Trafficking CMP (a firm meeting certain criteria may pay a fine in lieu of permanent disqualification for trafficking) One of the most serious violations of SNAP rules for firms is trafficking. SNAP regulations at 7 CFR 271.2 currently define the violation of trafficking.

Trafficking usually means the exchange of SNAP benefits for cash or other consideration and carries more serious sanctions for firms. The Department monitors and takes appropriate administrative action, including sanctions, against firms that engage in trafficking and other violations. USDA cannot fulfill its primary purpose of helping individuals and families in need afford a basic diet without maintaining strong program integrity.

USDA takes its role as a steward of public funds seriously and emphasizes program integrity throughout all program operations, including the use of a fraud detection system to analyze data on EBT transactions conducted at firms. Implementation of P-EBT and Interaction With SNAP Per Section 1101(d) of the FFCRA, P-EBT benefits may be issued through the same EBT system established by Section 7 of the FNA (7 U.S.C. 2016) which is used to issue SNAP benefits.

To accelerate the implementation of P-EBT, ease administrative burden for States, and more rapidly provide emergency financial relief to families, States generally issued P-EBT benefits onto a household's existing EBT card if the household was already receiving SNAP benefits (and therefore already possessed an EBT card). Initially, the Department planned to implement P-EBT using a model similar to that used for certain Child Nutrition Summer EBT demonstration projects (Summer EBT for Children or SEBTC) as authorized by the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L.

111-80). In this SEBTC model, benefits are issued to a participant's existing EBT card into an account distinct from SNAP, and the SEBTC benefits remain separate from SNAP benefits throughout the issuance and redemption process. However, because this SEBTC model was only ever implemented as a demonstration project in 7 States, most States were not already equipped with the infrastructure needed to implement P-EBT in the same manner.

Due to the experience administering these SEBTC demonstration projects, USDA determined that it would take several months to modify SNAP State Agency eligibility and issuance systems to accommodate this type of model for P-EBT. In addition, due to the ongoing and national anti inflammatory drugs Public Health Emergency, SNAP State Agencies found themselves extremely short-staffed and unable implement this type of major system modification. After consultation with SNAP State Agencies, and in light of the urgency of the ongoing and national anti inflammatory drugs Public Health Emergency, USDA permitted States to issue SNAP and P-EBT benefits using essentially the same existing SNAP EBT mechanism every State already had in place.

As a result of this, however, P-EBT and SNAP benefits are generally indistinguishable throughout the issuance and redemption process. Under the process implemented by States, P-EBT benefits were generally issued onto a household's existing EBT card if the household was already receiving SNAP benefits (and therefore already possessed an EBT card). Such SNAP households would have received P-EBT benefit issuances into their existing SNAP accounts.

Once P-EBT benefits were issued into households' existing SNAP accounts, P-EBT benefits and SNAP benefits became comingled, and neither SNAP households receiving P-EBT benefits nor firms accepting P-EBT benefits were able to tell the difference between these two types of benefits. In at least one State, new cards were sent to all P-EBT recipient households, regardless as to their participation in SNAP. Non-SNAP households that were eligible for P-EBT benefits generally received EBT cards in the mail that were loaded with only P-EBT benefits.

These cards issued to non-SNAP households functioned identically to the EBT cards provided to SNAP households. Despite using the same delivery and funding mechanism, P-EBT benefits are not SNAP benefits. SNAP was authorized and is governed by the FNA, while P-EBT was separately created and is governed by the FFCRA with separate appropriations for a different purpose—to provide supplemental allotments to households with children who would have otherwise received free or reduced school meals, but for school closures related to the ongoing and national anti inflammatory drugs Public Health Emergency.

See Section 1101 of the FFCRA. Nevertheless, the aforementioned implementation mechanisms rendered P-EBT and SNAP benefits essentially Start Printed Page 70045indistinguishable for benefit issuance and redemption purposes. Purpose of the Final Rule Because P-EBT and SNAP benefits are essentially indistinguishable for benefit issuance and redemption purposes when the benefits are loaded onto the same EBT card, neither SNAP households receiving P-EBT benefits nor firms accepting P-EBT benefits are able to tell the difference between these two types of benefits.

At the same time, the Department's SNAP fraud detection system also cannot distinguish between these two types of benefits. In addition, as discussed earlier, 7 CFR parts 271 and 278 provide for adverse administrative actions against firms for SNAP violations, such as trafficking, but those regulations govern violations involving SNAP benefits, not P-EBT benefits. Since P-EBT benefits are not SNAP benefits, existing regulations regarding the appropriate use of SNAP benefits and the consequences for misusing those benefits do not apply to P-EBT benefits, and there are currently no such provisions for the misuse of P-EBT benefits.

However, USDA finds it appropriate and necessary to impose certain restrictions on the use of P-EBT benefits for several reasons described below. Congress initially authorized P-EBT as food assistance for households with children who lost free or reduced price school meals and since then, as mentioned previously, has greatly expanded P-EBT's scope. P-EBT benefits are not cash assistance, nor are they intended for misuse such as trafficking.

As a type of replacement for the value of meals at schools or covered child care facilities,[] P-EBT is not intended for certain incongruous uses, including the purchase of nonfood items such as alcohol and tobacco. To safeguard the integrity of P-EBT (as well as SNAP), this final rule will ensure that the Department can hold firms accountable by aligning P-EBT with certain existing SNAP integrity regulations. The Department believes that providing an integrity scheme for P-EBT helps ensure that P-EBT benefits are used for their intended purpose, upholding the Congressional intent of both the FFCRA and the CR.

The inability to impose penalties on all firms for misuse of P-EBT benefits undermines USDA's oversight and integrity efforts, and would also adversely affect SNAP oversight and integrity. For example, in FY 2019, USDA identified and sanctioned more than one thousand firms engaged in the trafficking of SNAP benefits.[] The overwhelming majority of these cases were built, at least in part, using the Department's SNAP fraud detection system's transaction data. Since the Department's SNAP fraud detection system cannot distinguish between SNAP and P-EBT benefits in transaction data, USDA would be unable to use this vital data in program integrity work without considerable time-consuming modifications and resources, or the promulgation of this final rule.

Without this final rule, USDA's ability to hold violators accountable would be adversely impacted. To illustrate the impact on USDA's oversight efforts, a 2017 report regarding trafficking activities from 2012 through 2014 revealed that approximately 12 percent, or about 36,000 firms, engaged in trafficking, totaling approximately $1.1 billion a year or about 1.5% of all benefits redeemed. If USDA were unable to use EBT transaction data as is typically done for detecting trafficking and sanctioning trafficking firms, then as many as a thousand fewer firms engaging in trafficking would be identified and sanctioned in a year.[] This would mean that such firms would be able to continue to commit trafficking violations without consequence, resulting in as much as $31 million in fraud a year that would remain unchecked.[] The purpose of P-EBT was to provide financial relief to families in the midst of the ongoing national anti inflammatory drugs Public Health Emergency.

USDA prioritized expediting the implementation of P-EBT in States that applied. However, while making expeditious implementation possible, the co-mingling of SNAP and P-EBT benefits inadvertently introduced this anomaly into FNS integrity efforts. If USDA did not promulgate this final rule, then USDA would not be able to efficiently and effectively address misuse by firms of P-EBT benefits or SNAP benefits, and both P-EBT and SNAP program integrity would be adversely impacted.

Assuming that P-EBT benefits are trafficked at a rate similar to SNAP benefits, USDA estimates that $151 million in P-EBT benefits could be trafficked.[] Currently, USDA estimates that about 3 percent of actual EBT fraud is detected through investigations that utilize EBT transaction data. The limited ability to use this data would potentially cause this fraud to go unchecked, which would constitute a serious integrity issue. Furthermore, because P-EBT benefits may remain in a household's account for months or even years before being expunged, USDA must address these integrity problems.

Otherwise, they could persist for months or even years after the issuance of P-EBT benefits.[] This final rule is crucial in allowing USDA to address trafficking in a timely manner and ensuring P-EBT benefits, as well as SNAP benefits, are used in a manner consistent with Congressional intent. This final rule allows USDA to immediately address the integrity issues, instead of prolonging them and allowing for bad actors to discover the anomaly and take advantage of it. If USDA were to notify the public of these integrity issues without implementing a comprehensive solution, then such a notice would subvert program integrity.

By promulgating this final rule, USDA is ensuring that traditional mechanisms of ongoing and robust firm oversight Start Printed Page 70046and enforcement are maintained to protect the integrity of both P-EBT and SNAP and that the current lack of P-EBT integrity regulations is addressed without further unnecessary and harmful delay. This will allow USDA to continue detecting and pursuing administrative remedies to ensure there is no increase in trafficking and other violations. Importantly, given the urgency of the issue, it is most efficient for P-EBT regulations to adopt the structure and meaning of SNAP regulations instead of crafting an entirely new regulatory scheme and implementing massive system changes that would accompany such a new regulatory scheme.

Such separate undertakings solely for P-EBT are impractical and potentially ineffective because of the time, cost, and effort involved. For the reasons discussed, this final rule establishes integrity regulations (as enumerated in this final rule) for P-EBT benefits as detailed further below in the “Summary of P-EBT Regulations” section. Summary of P-EBT Regulations This final rule establishes that P-EBT benefits issued pursuant to Section 1101 of the FFCRA, as amended by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act (CR.

Pub. L. 116-159) or any subsequent legislation, are subject to integrity regulations, as enumerated below.

This change will ensure that P-EBT (as well as SNAP) is administered in a manner that safeguards against fraud and abuse. This final rule renames the previously reserved part 284 as “Miscellaneous” and creates § 284.1, titled “symbicort Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT),” therein. The following crosswalk summarizes the provisions of this new § 284.1.

The left column lists the citation for each final rule provision, the center column summarizes the effect of the provision, and the right column indicates the preexisting SNAP integrity regulation to which the final rule provision refers. In using phrases such as “involving P-EBT benefits”, the Department means that the activity at issue involves P-EBT benefits as well as SNAP benefits, or only P-EBT benefits. Under 7 CFR 278.6, a firm that commits serious violations may be subject to a period of disqualification or a civil money penalty.

Under this final rule, if a firm commits violations involving P-EBT benefits (e.g., trafficking only P-EBT benefits or trafficking a combination of P-EBT and SNAP benefits), then that firm shall be subject to the appropriate sanction (e.g., permanent disqualification or a civil money penalty in lieu of permanent disqualification). Firms shall not be subject to multiple sanctions for a single investigation that involves both P-EBT and SNAP benefits (i.e., firms shall not be subject to one sanction for misuse of P-EBT benefits and a separate sanction for misuse of SNAP benefits based on a single investigation). While this final rule promulgates provisions for P-EBT benefits that generally track the corresponding SNAP benefit provisions, one exception is the P-EBT benefits provision concerning judicial review.

As P-EBT benefits arise from FFCRA, as amended regulations at § 284.1(g) will provide for judicial appeal rights pursuant the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 702 through 706) as opposed to section 14 of the FNA. Currently, judicial review requests for civil cases filed pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act have a six-year statute of limitations.

See 28 U.S.C. 2401(a). Citation in this final rulePurpose of final rule provisionReference to preexisting regulation7 CFR 284.1(a)background on P-EBT and the function of this sectionn/a.7 CFR 284.1(b)(1)definition of trafficking applies to activities described in such definition involving P-EBT benefits7 CFR 271.2.7 CFR 284.1(b)(2)definition of firm's practice applies to activities described in such definition involving P-EBT benefits7 CFR 271.2.7 CFR 284.1(b)(3)definition of involving P-EBT benefits or involve P-EBT benefits means activities involving P-EBT benefits as well as SNAP benefits, or only P-EBT benefitsn/a.7 CFR 284.1(c)requirements and restrictions on the participation of retail food stores and wholesale food concerns and the redemption of coupons apply to activities involving P-EBT benefits, including the restriction that P-EBT benefits may only be accepted by an authorized firm and only in exchange for eligible food7 CFR 278.2, 278.3, and 278.4.7 CFR 284.1(d)a firm may be subject to denial or withdrawal for any violations involving P-EBT benefits as specified in the subparagraphs7 CFR 278.1.7 CFR 284.1(d)(1)firms with certain sanctions for violations involving P-EBT benefits must submit a collateral bond or irrevocable letter or credit as a condition of authorization.

The calculation of the value of such collateral bonds or irrevocable letters or credit shall also include the amount of P-EBT redemptions7 CFR 278.1(b)(4).7 CFR 284.1(d)(2)authorization will be denied or withdrawn for activities indicating a lack of necessary business integrity and reputation, including activities involving P-EBT benefits7 CFR 278.1(b)(3), (k)(3) and (6), and (l)(1)(iv).7 CFR 284.1(d)(3)authorization will be denied or withdrawn for failure to pay fines, penalties, and claims imposed for violations involving P-EBT benefits7 CFR 278.1(k)(7) and (l)(1)(v) and (vi).7 CFR 284.1(e)a firm may be subject to disqualification, monetary penalties, and/or fines for any violations that include activities involving P-EBT benefits as specified in the subparagraphs7 CFR 278.6.7 CFR 284.1(e)(1)permanent disqualification or civil monetary penalty in lieu of permanent disqualification for trafficking applies to trafficking that involves P-EBT benefits7 CFR 278.6(e)(1)(i) and (i).7 CFR 284.1(e)(2)permanent disqualification for violations involving P-EBT benefits, such as the sale of ineligible items, when the firm had already been sanctioned at least twice7 CFR 278.6(e)(1)(ii).7 CFR 284.1(e)(3)sanctions for unauthorized acceptance apply to transactions involving P-EBT benefits7 CFR 278.6(e)(2)(v), (e)(3)(iv), and (m).Start Printed Page 700477 CFR 284.1(e)(4)5-year disqualification for certain firms when collective redemptions exceed food sales in a certain time period. The amount of redemptions shall also include the amount of P-EBT redemptions7 CFR 278.6(e)(2)(ii), (iii), and (iv).7 CFR 284.1(e)(5)3-year disqualification for any of the violations described in § 278.6(e)(2) when FNS had not previously advised the firm of the possibility that violations were occurring and of the possible consequences of violating the regulations, when those violations involve P-EBT benefits7 CFR 278.6(e)(3)(ii).7 CFR 284.1(e)(6)1-year disqualification for transactions involving P-EBT benefits where retailer accepted benefits in payment for items sold on credit7 CFR 278.6(e)(4)(ii) and 278.2(f).7 CFR 284.1(e)(7)disqualifications for sale of ineligible foods applies to transactions involving P-EBT benefits7 CFR 278.6(e)(2)(i), (e)(3)(i), (e)(4)(i), and (e)(5).7 CFR 284.1(e)(8)periods of disqualification imposed against firms will be doubled when such firms have been sanctioned for committing violations involving P-EBT benefits7 CFR 278.6(e)(6).7 CFR 284.1(e)(9)warning letters shall be issued to firms when such firms commit violations involving P-EBT benefits, which are too limited to warrant a period of disqualification7 CFR 278.6(e)(7).7 CFR 284.1(e)(10)calculation of hardship and transfer of ownership civil money penalties includes consideration of the firm's average monthly redemption of P-EBT benefits7 CFR 278.6(g).7 CFR 284.1(e)(11)calculation of trafficking civil money penalties includes consideration of the firm's average monthly redemption of P-EBT benefits7 CFR 278.6(j).7 CFR 284.1(f)standards regarding the determination and disposition of claims apply to claims based on P-EBT benefits7 CFR 278.7.7 CFR 284.1(g)firms aggrieved by administrative action under § 284.1(d), (e), and (f) may request administrative review in accordance with part 279, subpart A. Firms aggrieved by the determination of such an administrative review may seek judicial review under 5 U.S.C.

702 through 7067 CFR part 279. Procedural Matters Administrative Procedure Act (APA) Statement The Administrative Procedure Act of 1946, as amended (APA. 5 U.S.C.

553), generally requires that agencies go through notice-and-comment rulemaking before finalizing regulations and have a 30-day delayed effective date for final rules. The APA, however, allows for exemptions to these requirements. This final rule is being promulgated under one of these exemptions, as described below.

APA Exemption for Rules Pertaining to Benefits The APA provides that the notice-and-comment and 30-day delay in the effective date provisions do not apply when a rule concerns “a matter relating to agency management or personnel or to public property, loans, grants, benefits, or contracts.” 5 U.S.C. 553(a)(2). P-EBT is a food assistance benefit created by the FFCRA and, therefore, USDA has the authority under FFCRA to issue a final rule pertaining to P-EBT without notice-and-comment or a delayed effective date.[] Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public health, and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity).

Executive Order 13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both cost and benefits, of reducing cost, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting flexibility. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has reviewed this final rule and determined that it is not significant under Executive Order 12866 (E.O. 12866).

E.O. 12866 defines a “significant regulatory action” as one that is likely to. (1) Have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more or adversely affect, in a material way, the economy, a sector of the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, or State, local, or Tribal governments or communities.

(2) create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency. (3) materially alter the budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs or the rights and obligations of recipients thereof. Or (4) raise novel legal or policy issues arising out of legal mandates, the President's priorities, or the principles set forth in E.O.

12866. This final rule does not meet any of these criteria. The Department does not anticipate that this final rule will impose any additional costs on firms, beneficiary households, SNAP State Agencies, or any other stakeholders.

USDA estimates that failure to promulgate and implement this final rule would significantly hamper the agency's ability to enforce regulation and law in maintaining SNAP integrity. USDA considered the regulatory alternatives of taking no action or promulgating this final rule instead as a notice of proposed rulemaking, but these approaches were rejected for the reasons provided in the preamble. As this rule was designated not significant, no additional regulatory impact analysis has been performed for this rule.Start Printed Page 70048 Regulatory Flexibility Act Certification The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) generally requires that agencies must prepare a regulatory flexibility analysis that meets the requirements of the RFA and publish such an analysis in the Federal Register.

Specifically, the RFA normally requires agencies to describe the impact of a rulemaking on small entities by providing a regulatory impact analysis. Such an analysis must address the consideration of regulatory options that would lessen the economic effect of the rule on small entities. The RFA defines a “small entity” as (1) a proprietary firm meeting the size standards of the Small Business Administration (SBA).

(2) a nonprofit organization that is not dominant in its field. Or (3) a small government jurisdiction with a population of less than 50,000. Except for such small government jurisdictions, neither State nor local governments are “small entities.” Similarly, for purposes of the RFA, individual persons are not small entities.

The requirement to conduct a regulatory impact analysis does not apply if the agency “certifies that the rule will not, if promulgated, have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.” The Department hereby certifies that this final rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Congressional Review Act Pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (CRA. Pub.

L. 104-121), OMB has designated this action as not a major rule, as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2).

The CRA defines a “major rule” as any rule that has resulted in or is likely to result in. An annual effect on the economy of $100,000,000 or more. A major increase in costs or prices for consumers, individual industries, Federal, State, or local government agencies, or geographic regions.

Or, significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or on the ability of U.S.-based enterprises to compete with foreign-based enterprises in domestic and export markets. Executive Order 13771 directs agencies to reduce regulation and control regulatory costs and provides that the cost of planned regulations be prudently managed and controlled through a budgeting process. This rule is not an E.O.

13771 regulatory action because it is not significant under E.O. 12866. This final rule has been reviewed under Executive Order 12988 (E.O.

12988), Civil Justice Reform. This rule is intended to have preemptive effect with respect to any State or local laws, regulations, or policies which conflict with its provisions or which would otherwise impede its full and timely implementation. This final rule is not intended to have retroactive effect.

Prior to any judicial challenge to the provisions of the final rule, all applicable administrative procedures must be exhausted. Executive Order 12372, Intergovernmental Review Executive Order 12372 (E.O. 12372) requires intergovernmental consultation with State and local governments that would provide non-Federal funds for, or that would be directly affected by, proposed Federal financial assistance or direct Federal development.

This is a final rule regarding benefits fully funded by the Federal Government and is therefore excluded from the scope of E.O. 12372. Executive Order 13132 (E.O.

13132) requires Federal agencies to consider the impact of their regulatory actions on State and local governments. Where such actions have federalism implications, imposes substantial direct compliance costs on State and local government, and are not required by statute, agencies are directed to provide a statement for inclusion in the preamble to the regulations describing the agency's considerations in terms of the three categories called for under Section (6)(b)(2)(B) of E.O. 13132.

The Department has considered the impact of this final rule on State and local governments and has determined that this rule does not have federalism implications. Therefore, a federalism impact summary is not required. Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments Executive Order 13175 (E.O.

13175) requires Federal agencies to consult and coordinate With Tribes on a government-to-government basis on policies that have Tribal implications, including regulations, legislative comments or proposed legislation, and other policy statements or actions that have substantial direct effects on one or more Indian Tribes, on the relationship between the Federal Government and Indian Tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian Tribes. The Department has considered the impact of this final rule on Indian Tribes and has determined that this rule does not have Tribal implications. Although Tribal consultation and coordination is not required under E.O.

13175, USDA commits to review of this rule at the Department's next scheduled Tribal listening session in case unexpected Tribal government issues or concerns emerge during implementation. Paperwork Reduction Act The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chap.

35. 5 CFR part 1320) requires the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve collections of information by a Federal agency before they can be implemented. In accordance with 44 U.S.C.

3518(c)(1)(B)(ii), any information requests or requirements in this rule are not subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act because such collections of information are pursuant to an administrative action or investigation by an agency of the United States against specific individuals or entities. The Secretary hereby certifies that this rule does not impose reporting or recordkeeping requirements subject to the approval by the Office of Management and Budget under the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act. E-Government Act Compliance USDA is committed to the E-Government Act, which requires Government agencies in general to provide the public the option of submitting information or transacting business electronically to the maximum extent possible.

An electronic copy of this final rule will be made available through the agency's website. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act This final rule contains no Federal mandates (under the regulatory provision of title II of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995) for State, local, and Tribal governments or the private sector. Therefore, this final rule is not subject to the requirements of section 202 and 205 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.

Civil Rights Impact Analysis USDA FNS has reviewed this final rule in accordance with USDA Regulation 4300-4, “Civil Rights Impact Analysis,” to identify any major civil rights impacts this final rule might have on SNAP or P-EBT participants on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, sex or disability. After review and Start Printed Page 70049analysis of the final rule and available data, it has been determined that this final rule will neither adversely nor disproportionately impact any protected group. As this final rule has not been designated a “significant regulatory action,” a separate Civil Rights Impact Analysis (CRIA) is not required per Section 7(a) of USDA Regulation 4300-4, “Civil Rights Impact Analysis.” USDA Non-Discrimination Policy In accordance with Federal civil rights law and USDA civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs).

Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/​complaint_​filing_​cust.html and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by.

(1) Mail. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410.

Program.intake@usda.gov. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender. Start List of Subjects Administrative practice and procedureFood stampsGrant programs-social programssymbicortPenalties End List of Subjects Start Amendment PartFor the reasons set out in the preamble, 7 CFR part 284 is added to read as follows:End Amendment Part Start Part 284.1 symbicort Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT).

284.2 [Reserved] Start Authority Pub. L. 116-127, 134 Stat.

178. End Authority symbicort Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT). (a) Overview.

Section 1101 of the Families First anti-inflammatories Response Act (FFCRA. Pub. L.

116-127), as amended, authorized supplemental allotments to certain households. These benefits shall be referred to as symbicort Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) benefits throughout this section. This section establishes the retailer integrity regulations for P-EBT for retailers in any State as defined in Section 3(r) of the Food and Nutrition Act.

(b) Definitions. For this section. (1) Trafficking means the activities described in the definition of trafficking at § 271.2 of this chapter when such activities involve P-EBT benefits.

(2) Firm's practice means the activities described in the definition of firm's practice at § 271.2 of this chapter when such activities involve P-EBT benefits. (3) Involving P-EBT benefits or involve P-EBT benefits means activities involving P-EBT benefits as well as supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) benefits, or only P-EBT benefits. (c) Participation of retail food stores and wholesale food concerns, and redemption of P-EBT benefits.

Requirements and restrictions on the participation of retail food stores and wholesale food concerns and the redemption of coupons described at §§ 278.2, 278.3 and 278.4 of this chapter, including the acceptance of coupons for eligible food at authorized firms, also apply to activities involving P-EBT benefits. (d) Firm eligibility standards. A firm may be subject to the following actions described at § 278.1 of this chapter for noncompliance or violations involving P-EBT benefits.

(1) The requirements described at § 278.1(b)(4) of this chapter regarding a collateral bond or irrevocable letter of credit for applicant firms with certain sanctions apply to applicant firms with sanctions imposed for violations involving P-EBT benefits. The amount of the collateral bond or irrevocable letter of credit shall be calculated in accordance with § 278.1(b)(4)(i)(D) and shall also include the amount of P-EBT benefit redemptions when calculating the average monthly benefit redemption volume. (2) Authorization shall be denied or withdrawn based on a determination by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) that a firm lacks or fails to maintain necessary business integrity and reputation, in accordance with the standards and time periods described at § 278.1(b)(3), (k)(3), and (l)(1)(iv) of this chapter.

When making such determinations, FNS shall consider the criteria referred to in § 278.1(b)(3), (k)(3), and (l)(1)(iv) where the underlying activities involve P-EBT benefits. (3) Firm authorization shall be denied or withdrawn for failure to pay any claims, fines, or civil money penalties in the manner described at § 278.1(k)(7) and (l)(1)(v) and (vi) of this chapter where such sanctions were imposed for violations involving P-EBT benefits. (e) Penalties.

For firms that commit certain violations described at §§ 278.6 and 278.2 of this chapter where such violations involve P-EBT benefits, FNS shall take the corresponding action prescribed at § 278.6 or § 278.2 for that violation. For the purposes of assigning a period of disqualification, a warning letter shall not be considered to be a sanction. Specifically, FNS shall.

(1) Disqualify a firm permanently, as described at § 278.6(e)(1)(i) of this chapter, for trafficking, as defined at § 284.1(b)(1) of this chapter, or impose a civil money penalty in lieu of permanent disqualification, as described at § 278.6(i) of this chapter, where such compliance policy and program is designed to prevent violations of regulations of this section. (2) Disqualify a firm permanently, as described at § 278.6(e)(1)(ii) of this chapter, for any violation involving P-EBT benefits committed by a firm that had already been sanctioned at least twice before under this section or part 278 of this chapter. (3) Disqualify the firm for 5 years, as described at § 278.6(e)(2)(v) of this chapter, or for 3 years, as described at § 278.6(e)(3)(iv) of this chapter, for unauthorized acceptance violations involving P-EBT benefits, and impose fines, as described at § 278.6(m) of this chapter, for unauthorized acceptance violations involving P-EBT benefits.

(4) Disqualify the firm for 5 years in circumstances described at § 278.6(e)(2) of this chapter when the amount of redemptions, which shall also include the amount of P-EBT redemptions, exceed food sales for the same period of time, as described at § 278.6(e)(2)(ii), (iii), and (iv);Start Printed Page 70050 (5) Disqualify the firm for 3 years as described at § 278.6(e)(3)(ii) of this chapter for situations described at § 278.6(e)(2) of this chapter involving P-EBT benefits. (6) Disqualify the firm for 1 year for credit account violations as described at §§ 278.6(e)(4)(ii) and 278.2(f) of this chapter, where such violations involve P-EBT benefits. (7) Disqualify the firm for ineligibles violations for such circumstances and corresponding time periods as described at § 278.6(e)(2)(i), (e)(3)(i), (e)(4)(i), and (e)(5) of this chapter, where such violations involve P-EBT benefits.

(8) Double the appropriate period of disqualification for a violation, as described at § 278.6(e)(6) of this chapter, where such violation involves P-EBT benefits, when the firm has once before been assigned a sanction under this section or part 278 of this chapter. (9) Issue a warning letter to the violative firm when violations are too limited to warrant a period of disqualification, as described at § 278.6(e)(7) of this chapter, where such violations involve P-EBT benefits. (10) Impose a civil money penalty for hardship or transfer of ownership, as described at § 278.6(g) of this chapter, in amounts calculated using the described formula at § 278.6(g), which shall also include the relevant amount of P-EBT redemptions when calculating the average monthly benefit redemptions.

And (11) Impose a civil money penalty in lieu of permanent disqualification for trafficking as described at § 278.6(j) of this chapter in an amount calculated using the described formula at § 278.6(j), which shall also include the relevant amount of P-EBT redemptions when calculating the average monthly benefit redemptions. (f) Claims. The standards for determination and disposition of claims described at § 278.7 of this chapter apply to P-EBT benefits.

(g) Administrative and Judicial review. Firms aggrieved by administrative action under paragraphs (d), (e), and (f) of this section may request administrative review of the administrative action with FNS in accordance with part 279, subpart A, of this chapter. Firms aggrieved by the determination of such an administrative review may seek judicial review of the determination under 5 U.S.C.

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