A. Identify the businesses or groups who will be directly affected by, bear the cost of, or directly benefit from the
There is no cost of compliance on businesses, nor requirements that businesses bear the costs at all as a result of this
rule change. Groups such as FIP recipients, benefit from the rules to save money on gas, child care, and time off
expenses from employment.
B. What additional costs will be imposed on businesses and other groups as a result of these proposed rules (i.e.
new equipment, supplies, labor, accounting, or recordkeeping)? Please identify the types and number of businesses
and groups. Be sure to quantify how each entity will be affected.
There are no additional costs to be imposed on businesses or groups as a result of the rule change.
29. Estimate the actual statewide compliance costs of the proposed rules on individuals (regulated individuals or
the public). Include the costs of education, training, application fees, examination fees, license fees, new
equipment, supplies, labor, accounting, or recordkeeping.
The statewide cost of compliance is minimal. Technical costs to automate the correspondence for the correct method
of interview is available as budgeted.
A. How many and what category of individuals will be affected by the rules?
All individuals applying for the FIP program and being interviewed.
B. What qualitative and quantitative impact do the proposed changes in rules have on these individuals?
Quantitatively there are roughly 164,398 applicants every quarter applying for the FIP program. This means that
many individuals may be interviewed for the program and maybe able to utilize the telephone interview mode as a
normal interviewing method. These interviews will be better quality because clients and employees will not be
inconvenienced to come into the Department office.
30. Quantify any cost reductions to businesses, individuals, groups of individuals, or governmental units as a result
of the proposed rules.
Cost reductions to FIP recipients may include transportation costs (gas, bus fare, requesting a ride to the local office),
child care costs for an applicant who has issues with providing child care while getting to an in-person interview, and
employment costs to the applicant who may have a position that does not offer paid leave.
31. Estimate the primary and direct benefits and any secondary or indirect benefits of the proposed rules. Please
provide both quantitative and qualitative information, as well as your assumptions.
The primary benefit to the proposed rule change is that clients will no longer need to attend an in-person interview
during the FIP eligibility process. This change ensures families with children access to benefits needed to sustain the
family, while providing a shorter timeframe for that eligibility to occur. The change would minimize health risks to
both families and DHHS workers, especially during the current pandemic of exposure to COVID and other illnesses.
32. Explain how the proposed rules will impact business growth and job creation (or elimination) in Michigan.
The proposed change may allow clients to spend more time at work and less time attending in-person interviews.
Through the FIP program many clients attend work-first and may be expected to find employment giving business
more potential employees.
33. Identify any individuals or businesses who will be disproportionately affected by the rules as a result of their
industrial sector, segment of the public, business size, or geographic location.
There should not be a group or business disproportionally affected by the change.
34. Identify the sources the agency relied upon in compiling the regulatory impact statement, including the
methodology utilized in determining the existence and extent of the impact of the proposed rules and a cost-
benefit analysis of the proposed rules.
The Social Welfare Act, MCL 400.1 et seq.; State of Michigan DHHS policy and procedures; Bridges Eligibility
Manual, and Bridges Administrative Manual.
A. How were estimates made, and what were your assumptions? Include internal and external sources, published
reports, information provided by associations or organizations, etc., that demonstrate a need for the proposed
Green Book Reporting, which is a comprehensive data report regarding the assistance provided from DHHS.
Alternative to Regulation
35. Identify any reasonable alternatives to the proposed rules that would achieve the same or similar goals.