Administrative Review

Extension for Existing AR 4 Year Cycle Waiver for an Additional Year

This page contains information on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Administrative Review (AR) that assesses School Food Authorities’ (SFAs’) administration of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), and other school nutrition programs.

The AR is designed to be conducted both off-site and on-site and is broken up into sections. Some sections are critical areas which can result in fiscal action and other areas are general and do not result in fiscal action. For resources to help you get started, go to the Administrative Resources page.

The Administrative Review approach is organized into five monitoring areas:

1.  Meal Access and Reimbursement – critical area

Certification and Benefit Issuance
Meal Counting and Claiming

 2.  Nutritional Quality/Meal Pattern – critical area

Meal Components and Quantities
Offer versus Serve
Dietary Specifications and Nutrient Analysis

3.  Resource Management – general area

Nonprofit School Food Service Account
Paid Lunch Equity
Revenue from Non-program Foods
Indirect Costs

4.  General Program Compliance – general area

Civil Rights
SFA On-site Monitoring
Local School Wellness Policy
Professional Standards
Smart Snacks
Food Safety
Reporting & Record-keeping
School Breakfast Program and Seamless Summer

5.  Other Federal Program Reviews – critical and general areas

Afterschool Care Snack Program
Seamless Summer Option
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
Special Milk Program

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