The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has issued instructions to counties regarding use of the Applicant Income and Eligibility Verification System (IEVS). Applicant IEVS is a third party verification system that is used at initial application and each subsequent redetermination. Counties must use Applicant IEVS to assist in resolving any potential discrepancies with what was reported on the application (SAWS 2) and/or in the interview. These discrepancies must be resolved prior to the beginning of a new certification period. However, the eligibility determination cannot be delayed pending receipt of Applicant IEVS if other information establishes eligibility.
Counties must request Applicant IEVS information at least 15 days prior to the redetermination interview. If a county cannot resolve a discrepancy relevant to the eligibility determination, the county must provide the client with a CW 2200 verification letter.
The Applicant IEVS process does not impact the existing Recipient IEVS process for using the IEVS system to determine whether a recipient has earned or unearned income. Counties should ensure that the client is not asked to provide identical information based on duplicate IEVS information. (ACL 19-78, August 5, 2019.)