Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 114 Part 3.djvu/188

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114 STAT. 1654A-146 PUBLIC LAW 106-398 —APPENDIX "(A) The value of that allotment. "(B) $500. "(b) MEMBERS ENTITLED TO ALLOWANCE. —(1) Subject to subsection (d), a member of the armed forces is entitled to receive the supplemental subsistence allowance if the Secretary concerned determines that the member's income, together with the income of the rest of the member's household (if any), is within the highest income standard of eligibility, as then in effect under section 5(c) of the Food Stamp Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 2014(c)) and without regard to paragraph (1) of such section, for participation in the food stamp program. "(2) In determining whether a member meets the eligibility criteria under paragraph (1), the Secretary— "(A) shall not take into consideration the amount of the supplemental subsistence allowance payable under this section; but "(B) shall take into consideration the amount of the basic allowance for housing that the member receives under section 403 of this title or would otherwise receive under such section, in the case of a member who is not entitled to that allowance as a result of assignment to quarters of the United States or a housing facility under the jurisdiction of a uniformed service. "(c) APPLICATION FOR ALLOWANCE. — To request the supplemental subsistence allowance, a member shall submit an application to the Secretary concerned in such form and containing such information as the Secretary concerned may prescribe. A member applying for the supplemental subsistence allowance shall furnish such evidence regarding the member's satisfaction of the eligibility criteria under subsection (b) as the Secretary concerned may require. "(d) EFFECTIVE PERIOD.— The entitlement of a member to receive the supplemental subsistence allowance terminates upon the occurrence of any of the following events, even though the member continues to meet the eligibility criteria described in subsection (b): "(1) Payment of the supplemental subsistence allowance for 12 consecutive months. "(2) Promotion of the member to a higher grade. "(3) Transfer of the member in a permanent change of station. "(e) REAPPLICATION.— Upon the termination of the effective period of the supplemental subsistence allowance for a member, or in anticipation of the imminent termination of the allowance, a member may reapply for the allowance under subsection (c), and the Secretary concerned shall approve the application and resume payment of the allowance to the member, if the member continues to meet, or once again meets, the eligibility criteria described in subsection (b). "(f) REPORTING REQUIREMENT.— Not later than March 1 of each year after 2001, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to Congress a report specifying the number of members of the armed forces who received, at any time during the preceding year, the supplemental subsistence allowance. In preparing the report, the Secretary of Defense shall consult with the Secretary of Transportation. No report is required under this subsection after March 1, 2006. "(g) DEFINITIONS. —In this section: