Department of Veterans Affairs.
Notice of Computer Matching Program.
Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. section 552a, the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidelines on the Conduct of Matching Programs, notice is hereby given that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) intends to conduct a computer matching program with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Data from the proposed match will be utilized to verify the earned income (i.e., wages, income from self employment, etc.) of nonservice-connected veterans, and those veterans who are zero percent service-connected (noncompensable), whose eligibility for VA medical care is based on their inability to defray the cost of medical care. These veterans supply household income information that includes their spouses and dependents at the time of application for VA health care benefits.
This match will start no sooner than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register, unless comments dictate otherwise.
Interested individuals may submit written comments to the Director, Office of Regulations Management (02D), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Room 1154, Washington, DC 20420. All written comments will be available for public inspection at the above address in the Office of Regulations Management, Room 1158, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kathleen E. Watkins, Assistant Director, Income Verification Division, Health Eligibility Center, (404) 235-1340.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
The Department of Veterans Affairs has a statutory authorization under 38 U.S.C. 5317, 38 U.S.C. 5106 and 5 U.S.C. 552a to establish matching agreements and request and use income information from other agencies for purposes of verification of income for determining eligibility for benefits. 38 U.S.C. 1710 (a)(2) (G), identifies those veterans whose basic eligibility for medical care benefits is dependent upon their financial status. Eligibility for nonservice-connected and zero percent noncompensable service-connected veterans is determined based on the veteran's inability to defray the expenses for necessary care as defined in 38 U.S.C. 1722. This determination can impact their responsibility to participate in the cost of their care through copayments and their assignment to an enrollment priority group.
The goal of this match is to obtain SSA earnings data needed for the income verification process. The VA records involved in the match are “Healthcare Eligibility Records” (89VA19). The SSA records are from the Earnings Recording and Self-Employment Income System, SSA/OSR 09-0-059. A copy of this notice has been sent to both Houses of Congress and OMB.
This matching agreement expires September 30, 2003. The agreement may be extended by the involved Data Integrity Boards (DIBs) for an additional twelve month period provided all agencies involved certify to the DIBs, within three months of the termination date of the original match, that the matching program will be conducted without change and the matching program has been conducted in compliance with the original matching agreement. The match will not continue past the legislative authorized date to obtain this information.Start Signature
Anthony J. Principi,
Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
[FR Doc. 02-29374 Filed 11-19-02; 8:45 am]
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