U.S. Small Business Administration.
Notice of a computer matching program—SBA and the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA).
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended by the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988, and the Computer Matching Privacy Act Amendments of 1990, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidelines on the Conduct of Matching Programs and OMB Bulletin 89-22, “Instructions on Reporting Computer Matching Programs to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Congress and the Public”, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is issuing a public notice of its intent to conduct a computer matching program with MDA which uses a computer information system of SBA. The purpose of the computer matching program is to ensure that there is no duplication of benefits (DOB), as prohibited by the Small Business Act, between SBA disaster loans made to homeowners in Mississippi affected by the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes and MDA grants to the same homeowners.
This matching program is expected to begin October 27, 2006. Any public comment must be received before this expected start date.
Any interested party may submit written comments to Small Business Administration, Office of Disaster Assistance, 409 3rd Street, SW., Washington, DC 20416.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
On the matching program: Becky Brantley, Disaster External Affairs Liaison, 202-205-6734; and on the Privacy Act: Lisa Babcock, Chief, Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts Office, 202-401-8203.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Pursuant to subsection (o) of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (15 U.S.C. 552a), the SBA and MDA have concluded an agreement to conduct a computer matching program between the agencies. The purpose of the computer matching program is to exchange personal data to identify individuals who have been approved for an SBA home disaster loan as a result of the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes and who seek to obtain a grant from the MDA for the same loss. Only homeowners whose principal residences are in Harrison, Hancock, Jackson and Pearl River Counties, Mississippi will be eligible to receive MDA grants. Matching the information will prevent a DOB between an SBA disaster loan and an MDA grant to the same homeowner. Section 7(b)(1) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(b)(1)) prohibits SBA, in making physical disaster loans, from duplicating the benefits that recipients of such loans may receive from other sources.
The parties to the agreement have determined that a computer matching program is the most efficient, expeditious, and effective means of obtaining and processing the information needed to make a decision on whether there is a DOB. The principal alternative to using this matching program would be to manually match the loan applications processed by SBA with the grant applications submitted to the MDA. Manual matching would impose an administrative burden on the agencies and might result in delays in determining eligibility for MDA grants to affected victims of the hurricanes.
A copy of the agreement between SBA and MDA is available on request. Requests should be submitted to the same address listed above for comments.
Reporting of Matching Program
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended by the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988 (Pub. L. 100-503) and the Computer Matching Privacy Act Amendments of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-56) (collectively, the Law), and OMB Bulletin 89-22, copies of this notice are being provided to the House Committee on Government Reform and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and to OMB.
The matching program will be conducted pursuant to the Law.
Objectives To Be Met by the Matching Program
The matching program will allow MDA and SBA to share data in order to prevent an applicant for an MDA grant from receiving a DOB with an SBA home disaster loan.
Records To Be Matched
The SBA records involved in the match are home loan applications received by SBA from disaster victims in Harrison, Hancock, Jackson and Pearl River counties in Mississippi as a result of the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes. These home loan application records are contained in the SBA Privacy Act System of Records: Disaster Loan Case File—SBA 20, last published at 69 FR 58598.
Period of the Match
The computer matching program will be conducted in accordance with the agreement between SBA and the MDA. The agreement will remain in effect until the last MDA grant award has been processed by MDA or December 31, 2006, whichever is earlier. The agreement may be extended by mutual agreement of the parties. Either SBA or MDA, upon thirty (30) days written notice, may request an extension or may terminate the agreement.Start Signature
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[FR Doc. E6-15775 Filed 9-26-06; 8:45 am]
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