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Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Computer Matching Program (SSA/Department of the Treasury/Internal Revenue Service (IRS))-Match Number 1310

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AGENCY:

Social Security Administration (SSA)

ACTION:

Notice of a renewal of an existing computer matching program.

SUMMARY:

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 IRS.

DATES:

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). The matching program will be effective as indicated below.

ADDRESSES:

Interested parties may comment on this notice by either telefaxing to (410) 966-0869 or writing to the Executive Director, Office of Privacy and Disclosure, Office of the General Counsel, 617 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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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

The Executive Director, Office of Privacy and Disclosure, Office of the General Counsel, as shown above.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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 persons applying for, and receiving, Federal benefits. Section 7201 of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-508) further amended the Privacy Act regarding protections for such persons.

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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Jonathan R. Cantor,

Executive Director, Office of Privacy and Disclosure, Office of the General Counsel.

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Notice of Computer Matching Program, SSA With the Department of the Treasury/Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

A. Participating Agencies

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B. Purpose of the Matching Program

The purpose of this matching program is to set forth the terms under which IRS will disclose to us certain return information for the purpose of establishing the correct amount of Medicare Part B and Medicare prescription drug coverage subsidy adjustments under sections 1839(i) and 1860D-13(a)(7) of the Social Security Act (Act), enacted by section 811 of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) and section 3308 of the Affordable Care Act.

C. Authority for Conducting the Matching Program

The legal authority for this agreement is section 6103(1)(20) of the Internal Revenue Code, which authorizes IRS to disclose specified return information to SSA with respect to taxpayers whose Part B and prescription drug coverage insurance premium(s) may (according to IRS records) be subject to premium subsidy adjustment pursuant to sections 1839(i) and 1860D-13(a)(7) of the Act for the purpose of establishing the amount of any such adjustment. The return information IRS will disclose includes adjusted gross income and specified tax-exempt income, collectively referred to in this agreement as modified adjusted gross income (MAGI).

In addition, sections 1839(i) and 1860D-13(a)(7) of the Act require the Commissioner of SSA to determine the amount of a beneficiary's premium subsidy adjustment if the MAGI is above the applicable threshold as established in section 1839(i) of the Act. Pursuant to sections 1839(i) and 1860D-13(a)(7) of the Act (42 U.S.C. 1395r(i) and 1395W-113), SSA will determine whether a Medicare beneficiary would pay a larger percentage of premiums than would a beneficiary with MAGI below the applicable threshold.

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

SSA will provide IRS with identifying information with respect to enrollees from the Master Beneficiary Record system of records, SSA/ORSIS 60-0090, originally published at 60 FR 2144 (January 6, 1995) and revised at 71 FR 1826 (January 11, 2006). SSA will maintain the MAGI data provided by IRS in the Medicare Database system of records, SSA/ORSIS 60-0321, originally published at 69 FR 77816 (December 28, 2004), and revised at 71 FR 42159 (July 25, 2006).

IRS will extract MAGI data from the Return Transaction File, which is part of the Customer Account Data Engine (CADE) Individual Master File, Treasury/IRS 24.030, published at 73 FR 13304 (March 12, 2008).

E. Inclusive Dates of the Matching Program

The effective date of this matching program is October 1, 2010, provided that the following notice periods have lapsed: 30 days after publication of this notice in the Federal Register and 40 days after notice of the matching program is sent to Congress and OMB. 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. 2010-20333 Filed 8-17-10; 8:45 am]

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