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Privacy Act of 1974; Notice of a Computer Matching Program Between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

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AGENCY:

Office of the Chief Information Officer, HUD.

ACTION:

Notice of a Computer Matching Program between HUD and the SBA.

SUMMARY:

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, as amended, (Pub. L. 100-503), and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidelines on the Conduct of Matching Programs (54 FR 25818 (June 19, 1989)), and OMB Bulletin 89-22, “Instructions on Reporting Computer Matching Programs to the Office of Management (OMB), Congress and the Public,” HUD is issuing a public notice of its intent to conduct a recurring computer matching program with the SBA to utilize a computer information system of HUD, the Credit Alert Interactive Voice Response System (CAIVRS), with SBA's debtor files. HUD has revised the “records to be matched” section of this notice to reflect the new HUD Privacy Act Systems of Records involved in the matching program. This update does not change the authority and the objectives of the existing HUD and SBA matching program.

DATES:

Effective Date: The effective date of the matching program shall begin March 3, 2008 or at least 40 days from the date copies of the signed (by HUD and SBA's Data Integrity Boards (DIBs) computer matching agreement are sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Congress, whichever is later, providing no comments are received which would result in a contrary determination.

Comments Due Date: March 3, 2008.

ADDRESSES:

Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this notice to the Rules Docket Clerk, Office of General Counsel, Room 10276, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20410. Communications should refer to the above docket number and title. A copy of each communication submitted will be available for public inspection and Start Printed Page 6199copying between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at the above address.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Contact the “Recipient Agency” Departmental Privacy Act Officer, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street, SW., Room 4156, Washington, DC 20410, telephone number (202) 619-9057 or the “Source Agency” Chief Portfolio Management Division, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street, SW., Suite 8300, Washington, DC 20416, telephone number (202) 205-7543. [These are not toll-free numbers.] A telecommunication device for hearing- and speech-impaired individuals (TTY) is available at (800) 877-8339 (Federal Information Relay Service).

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

HUD's CAIVRS database includes delinquent debt information from the Departments of Education, Veterans Affairs, Justice and the United States Department of Agriculture. This match will allow prescreening of applicants for debts owed to or loans guaranteed by the Federal government to ascertain if the applicant is delinquent in paying a debt owed to or insured by the Federal government for HUD or SBA direct or guaranteed loans.

Before rating a loan, the lending agency and/or the authorized lending institution will be able to interrogate the CAIVRS debtor file which contains the Social Security Numbers (SSNs) of HUD's delinquent debtors and defaulters and defaulted debtor records of the SBA and verify that the loan applicant is not in default or delinquent on direct or guaranteed loans of participating federal programs of either agency. As a result of the information produced by this match, the authorized users may not deny, terminate, or make a final decision concerning any loan assistance to an applicant or take other adverse action against such applicant, until an officer or employee of such agency has independently verified such information.

Reporting of Matching Program

In accordance with Public Law 100-503, the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988, as amended, and Office of Management and Budget Bulletin 89-22, “Instructions on Reporting Computer Matching Programs to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Congress and the Public,” copies of this notice and report are being provided to the Committee on Government Reform of the House of Representatives, the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate, and the Office of Management and Budget.

Authority

The matching program will be conducted pursuant to Public Law 100-503, “The Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988,” as amended, and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-129 (Revised November 2000), Policies for Federal Credit Programs and Non-Tax Receivables. One of the purposes of all Executive departments and agencies—including HUD—is to implement efficient management practices for Federal credit programs. OMB Circular A-129 was issued under the authority of the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921, as amended; the Budget and Accounting Act of 1950, as amended; the Debt Collection Act of 1982, as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996; Section 2653 of Public Law 98-369; the Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990, as amended; the Federal Debt Collection Procedures Act of 1990, the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990, as amended; Executive Order 8248; the Cash Management Improvement Act Amendments of 1992; and pre-existing common law authority to charge interest on debts and to offset payments to collect debts administratively.

Objectives To Be Met by the Matching Program

The matching program will allow SBA access to a system which permits prescreening of applicants for loans owed to or guaranteed by the Federal government to ascertain if the applicant is delinquent in paying a debt owed to or insured by the Government. In addition, HUD will be provided access to SBA debtor data for prescreening purposes.

Records To Be Matched

HUD will use records from its systems of records entitled, Single Family Insurance System CLAIMS Subsystem (HUD/SFH-02); Single Family Default Monitoring System (HUD/SFH-03); Single Family Mortgage Notes (HUD/HS-57); and the Debt Collection Asset Management System (HUD/HS-55). The debtor files for programs involved are included in these systems of records. HUD's debtor files contain information on borrowers and co-borrowers who are currently in default (at least 90 days delinquent on their loans or who have had their partial claim subordinate mortgage called due and payable and it has not been repaid in full); or who have any outstanding claims paid during the last three years on a Title II insured or guaranteed home mortgage loans; or individuals who had a claim paid in the last three years on a Title I loan.

The SBA will provide HUD with debtor files contained in its system of records entitled, Loan Case File, SBA 075. HUD is maintaining SBA's records only as a ministerial action on behalf of SBA, not as a part of HUD's system of records noted above. SBA's data contain information on individuals who have defaulted on their guaranteed loans. The SBA will retain ownership and responsibility for their system of records that they place with HUD. HUD serves only as a record location and routine use recipient for SBA's data.

Notice Procedures

HUD and the SBA will notify individuals at the time of application (ensuring that “routine use” appears on the application form) for guaranteed or direct loans that their records will be matched to determine whether they are delinquent or in default on a Federal debt. HUD and the SBA will also publish notices concerning routine use disclosures in the Federal Register to inform individuals that a computer match may be performed to determine a loan applicant's credit status with the Federal government.

Categories of Records/Individuals Involved

The debtor records include these data elements: SSN, claim number, program code, and indication of indebtedness. Categories of records include: Records of claims and defaults, repayment agreements, credit reports, financial statements, and records of foreclosures. Categories of individuals include: HUD records cover former mortgagors and purchasers of HUD-owned properties, and home improvement loan debtors who are delinquent or in default (at least 90 days delinquent on their loans or who have had their partial claim subordinate mortgage called due and payable and it has not been paid in full); or who have any outstanding claims paid during the last three years on a Title II insured or guaranteed home mortgage loans; or individuals who has a claim paid in the last three years on a Title I loan. SBA records cover former borrowers and purchasers who have defaulted on business loans (including disaster business) loan/guarantors that have received 60-day notification letters that their obligations may be referred to Treasury for offset or cross-servicing.

Period of the Match

Matching is expected to begin at least 40 days from the date copies of the signed (by HUD and SBA's DIBs) computer matching agreement are sent Start Printed Page 6200to Congress and OMB or at least 30 days from the date this notice is published in the Federal Register, whichever is later, providing no comments are received which would result in a contrary determination.

The matching program will be in effect and continue for 18 months with an option to renew for 12 additional months unless one of the parties to the agreement advises the other in writing to terminate or modify the agreement.

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Dated: January 18, 2008.

Stanley Buch,

Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer.

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[FR Doc. E8-1697 Filed 1-31-08; 8:45 am]

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