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(a) Performance assessments.

(1) In general. Subject to the availability of funds made available under paragraph (3), the Secretary, acting through the Administrator of the Food and Nutrition Service, may conduct annual national performance assessments of the meal programs under this Act [42 USC 1751 et seq.] and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 USC 1771 et seq.).

(2) Components. In conducting an assessment, the Secretary may assess--

(A) the cost of producing meals and meal supplements under the programs described in paragraph (1); and

(B) the nutrient profile of meals, and status of menu planning practices, under the programs.

(3) Authorization of appropriations. There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subsection $ 5,000,000 for fiscal year 2004 and each subsequent fiscal year.

(b) Certification improvements.

(1) In general. Subject to the availability of funds made available under paragraph (5), the Secretary, acting through the Administrator of the Food and Nutrition Service, shall conduct a study of the feasibility of improving the certification process used for the school lunch program established under this Act [42 USC 1751 et seq.].

(2) Pilot projects. In carrying out this subsection, the Secretary may conduct pilot projects to improve the certification process used for the school lunch program.

(3) Components. In carrying out this subsection, the Secretary shall examine the use of--

(A) other income reporting systems;

(B) an integrated benefit eligibility determination process managed by a single agency;

(C) income or program participation data gathered by State or local agencies; and

(D) other options determined by the Secretary.

(4) Waivers.

(A) In general. Subject to subparagraph (B), the Secretary may waive such provisions of this Act [42 USC 1751 et seq.] and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 USC 1771 et seq.) as are necessary to carry out this subsection.

(B) Provisions. The protections of section 9(b)(6) [42 USC 1958(b)(6)] shall apply to any study or pilot project carried out under this subsection.

(5) Authorization of appropriations. There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subsection such sums as are necessary.

(c) Cooperation with program research and evaluation. States, State educational agencies, local educational agencies, schools, institutions, facilities, and contractors participating in programs authorized under this Act [42 USC 1751 et seq.] and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 USC 1771 et seq.) shall cooperate with officials and contractors acting on behalf of the Secretary, in the conduct of evaluations and studies under those Acts.

(Dec. 13, 2010, P.L. 111-296)