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Privacy Act of 1974; Report of Matching Program

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AGENCY:

Department of Veterans Affairs.

ACTION:

Notice of Computer Matching Program.

SUMMARY:

Notice is hereby given that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) intends to conduct a recurring computer matching program matching Office of Personnel Management (OPM), civil service payment records with VA pension, compensation, and dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) records. The goal of this match is to identify beneficiaries receiving VA income-dependent benefits and civil service retirement benefits in order to adjust VA income-dependent benefits payment as prescribed by law. The match will include records of current VA beneficiaries.

DATES:

The match will start no sooner than 30 days after publication of this notice in the Federal Register, or 40 days after copies of this Notice and the agreement of the parties is submitted to Congress and the Office of Management and Budget, whichever is later, and end not more than 18 months after the agreement is properly implemented by the parties. The involved agencies' Data Integrity Boards (DIB) may extend this match for 12 months provided the agencies certify to their DIBs, within three months of the ending date of the original match, that the matching program will be conducted without change and that the matching program has been conducted in compliance with the original matching program.

ADDRESSES:

Written comments may be submitted through http://www.Regulations.gov;​ by mail or hand-delivery to the Director, Regulations Management (02REG), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Ave., NW., Room 1068, Washington, DC 20420; or by fax to (202) 273-9026. Copies of comments received will be available for public inspection in the Office of Regulation Policy and Management, Room 1063B, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays). Please call (202) 461-4902 for an appointment. In addition, during the comment period, comments may be viewed online through the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) at http://www.Regulations.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Pamela Burd (212B), (202) 461-9149.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

VA will use this information to identify beneficiaries receiving VA income-dependent benefits and civil service retirement benefits in order to adjust VA income-dependent benefits payment as prescribed by law. The proposed matching program will enable VA to accurately identify beneficiaries who are improperly receiving benefits.

The legal authority to conduct this match is 38 U.S.C. 5106. Section 5106 requires any Federal department or agency to provide VA such information as VA requests for the purposes of determining eligibility for, or the amount of VA benefits, or verifying other information with respect thereto.

The VA records involved in the match are the VA system of records, VA Compensation, Pension and Education and Rehabilitation Records—VA (58 VA 21/22/28), first published at 41 FR 9294 (March 3, 1976), and last amended at 74 FR 14865 (April 1, 2009), with other amendments as cited therein. The OPM records consist of information from the OPM Civil Service Retirement Pay File identified as OPM Central—1, Civil Service Retirement and Insurance Records, published as 64 FR 54930, October 8, 1999, and amended as 65 FR 25775 (May 3, 2000).

In accordance with Title 5 U.S.C. subsection 552a(o)(2) and (r), copies of the agreement are being sent to both Houses of Congress and to the Office of Management and Budget. This notice is provided in accordance with the provisions of Privacy Act of 1974 as amended by Public Law 100-503.

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Approved: August 14, 2009.

John R. Gingrich,

Chief of Staff, Department of Veterans Affairs.

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[FR Doc. E9-20917 Filed 8-28-09; 8:45 am]

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