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Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Computer Matching Program (SSA/Department of Veterans Affairs/Veterans Benefits Administration (VA/VBA))-Match Number 1008

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Social Security Administration (SSA).


Notice of a renewal of an existing computer matching program that is scheduled to expire on October 8, 2009.


In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a renewal of an existing computer matching program that we are currently conducting with VA/VBA.


We will file a report of the subject matching program with the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate; the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the House of Representatives, and the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Renewal of the matching program will be effective as indicated below.


Interested parties may comment on this notice by either telefaxing to (410) 965-0201 or writing to the Deputy Commissioner for Budget, Finance and Management, 800 Altmeyer Building, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401. All comments received will be available for public inspection at this address.

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The Deputy Commissioner for Budget, Finance and Management as shown above.

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A. General

The Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988 (Pub. L. 100-503), amended the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) by describing the conditions under which computer matching involving the Federal government could be performed and adding certain protections for individuals applying for, and receiving, Federal benefits. Section 7201of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-508) further amended the Privacy Act regarding protections for such individuals.

The Privacy Act, as amended, regulates the use of computer matching by Federal agencies when records in a system of records are matched with other Federal, state, or local government records. It requires Federal agencies involved in computer matching programs to:

(1) Negotiate written agreements with the other agency or agencies participating in the matching programs;

(2) Obtain the approval of the matching agreement by the Data Integrity Boards (DIB) of the participating Federal agencies;

(3) Publish notice of the computer matching program in the Federal Register;

(4) Furnish detailed reports about matching programs to Congress and OMB;

(5) Notify applicants and beneficiaries that their records are subject to matching; and

(6) Verify match findings before reducing, suspending, terminating, or denying a person's benefits or payments.

B. SSA Computer Matches Subject to the Privacy Act

We have taken action to ensure that all of our computer matching programs comply with the requirements of the Privacy Act, as amended.

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Dated: July 2, 2009.

Mary Glenn-Croft,

Deputy Commissioner for Budget, Finance and Management.

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Notice of Computer Matching Program, Social Security Administration (SSA) With the Department of Veterans Affairs/Veterans Benefits Administration (VA/VBA)

A. Participating Agencies


B. Purpose of the Matching Program

The purpose of this matching program is to establish the conditions under which VA agrees to disclose VA compensation and pension payment data to us for the purpose of identifying certain Supplemental Security Income and Special Veterans Benefit recipients under titles XVI and VIII of the Social Security Act (Act) respectively, who receive VA administered benefits. The disclosure will also enable us to efficiently implement a Medicare outreach program mandated by section 1144 of title XI of the Act.

C. Authority for Conducting the Matching Program

The legal authority for us to conduct this computer matching is found in sections 1631(e)(1)(B) and 1631(f) of the Act, 42 U.S.C. 1383(e)(1)(B) and 1383(f), section 806(b) of the Act, 42 U.S.C. 1006(b), and section 1144 of the Act, 42 U.S.C. 1320b-14.

The legal authority for VA to disclose information for this computer matching is found in section 1631(f) of the Act, 42 U.S.C. 1383(f).

D. Categories of Records and Individuals Covered by the Matching Program

On the basis of certain identifying information as provided by us to VA, VA will provide us with electronic files containing compensation and pension payment data from its system of records entitled the “Compensation, Pension, Education, and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Records—VA (58VA21/22/28),” first published at 74 FR 29275 (June 19, 2009). We will match the VA data with SSI/SVB payment information maintained in our system of records entitled “Supplemental Security Income Record and Special Veterans Benefits (SSA/OASSIS 60-0103).”

E. Inclusive Dates of the Matching Program

The matching program will become effective no sooner than 40 days after notice of the matching program is sent to Congress and OMB, or 30 days after Start Printed Page 47037publication of this notice in the Federal Register, whichever date is later. The matching program will continue for 18 months from the effective date and may be extended for an additional 12 months thereafter, if certain conditions are met.

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[FR Doc. E9-22079 Filed 9-11-09; 8:45 am]