CDSS Policies and Procedures

The SFIS was developed by the California Health and Human Services Agency Data Center (HHSDC) in conjunction with the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). The system applies state-of-the-art fingerprint imaging technology to reduce or eliminate duplicate aid in the State's public assistance programs.
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The links provided below directly relate to SFIS:

  • All County Letter No. 11-83 - December 06, 2011
    SUBJECT: DISCONTINUANCE OF THE STATEWIDE FINGERPRINT IMAGING SYSTEM (SFIS) REQUIREMENT FOR THE CALFRESH PROGRAM
    The purpose of this letter is to inform all counties that the use of the Statewide Fingerprint Imaging System (SFIS) as a requirement for issuing CalFresh benefits shall be discontinued effective January 1, 2012.
  • All County Information Notice I-66-10 - August 18, 2010
    SUBJECT: STATEWIDE FINGERPRINT IMAGING SYSTEM (SFIS)
    The purpose of this notice is to remind counties of the requirement to not only use SFIS during the eligibility process for applicants/recipients of the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) and the Food Stamp programs, but to also ensure that counties clear the SFIS resolution queue when there is an unexpected outcome resulting from the imaging process.
  • All County Letter No. 10-03 - January 14, 2010
    SUBJECT: STATEWIDE FINGERPRINT IMAGING SYSTEM (SFIS) CLARIFICATION: VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE; PHOTOGRAPHING CLIENTS AND FINGERPRINT IMAGING
    The purpose of this letter is to outline special procedures for clients who have changed their identities as a result of identifying themselves as victims of domestic abuse. In addition, this letter clarifies procedures for taking photograph and fingerprint images of clients when clients present themselves with long fingernails for fingerprinting or their face is partially obscured for photographing.
  • All County Letter No. 09-62 - October 23, 2009
    SUBJECT: FOOD STAMP PROGRAM (FSP) WAIVER OF FACE-TO-FACE INTERVIEW
    The purpose of this letter is to provide County Welfare Departments (CWDs) with implementation instructions on waiving the face-to-face interview requirement at initial application and recertification for all food stamp households at county option. In lieu of the face-to-face interview, telephone interviews must be conducted and there is no need to document whether a hardship exists. The United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), approved our request allowing the waiving of face-toface interviews for four years, effective June 1, 2009, and expiring May 31, 2013. If a county opts to take advantage of the waiver, it must be done on a county-wide basis.

The following links provide direct access to CDSS policy memos, guidance and other pertinent program information.