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Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Computer Matching Program (SSA/Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD))-Match Number 1038

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AGENCY:

Social Security Administration (SSA).

ACTION:

Notice of a renewal of an existing computer matching program that will expire on June 25, 2011.

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 BPD.

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 (Public Law (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;

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(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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Dawn S. Wiggins,

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

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Notice of Computer Matching Program, SSA with the Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD)

A. Participating Agencies

SSA and BPD.

B. Purpose of the Matching Program

The purpose of this matching program is to establish the conditions, terms, and safeguards for the disclosure of savings security data by BPD to us. We will use the data to determine continued eligibility for and/or the correct benefit amount for Supplemental Security Income applicants and recipients who did not report or incorrectly reported ownership of savings securities.

C. Authority for Conducting the Matching Program

The legal authority for us to conduct this matching activity is contained in sections 1631(e)(1)(B), and 1631(f) of the Social Security Act (Act), (42 U.S.C. 1383(e)(1)(B), and 1383(f)).

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

1. Systems of Records

Our relevant system of records (SOR) is the Supplemental Security Income Record and Special Veterans' Benefits System (SSA System No. 60-0103). The full text was last published in the Federal Register on January 11, 2006, at 71 FR 1795. The relevant BPD SORs are Treasury/BPD.002, United States Savings Type Securities, and Treasury/BPD.008, Retail Treasury Securities Access Application. These SORs were last published in the Federal Register on July 23, 2008, at 73 FR 42906.

2. Number of Records

(a) The file provided by us to BPD will contain approximately 9 million records of individuals for whom we request data for the administration of the SSI program.

(b) BPD will use files that contain approximately 185 million social security numbers (SSNs), with registration indexes, to match our records.

(c) The reply file providing match results to us will contain approximately 886,000 records.

(d) We will furnish BPD with an electronic file containing SSNs extracted from the Supplemental Security Record database. Exchanges for this computer matching program will occur twice a year, in approximately February and August.

3. Specified Data Elements for Definitive Records from BPD .002

a. We will furnish BPD with the SSN and name for each individual when requesting savings-securities registration information.

b. When a match occurs on an SSN, BPD will disclose the following: the denomination of the security, the serial number, the series, the issue date of the security, the current redemption value, and the return date of the finder file.

4. Specified Data Elements for Book Entry Records from BPD .008

a. We will furnish BPD with the SSN and name for each individual when requesting savings-securities registration information. The finder file will contain the SSN associated with the account and report account holdings.

b. When a match occurs on an SSN, BPD will disclose the following: The purchase amount, the account number and confirmation number, the series, the issue date of the security, the current redemption value, and the return date of the finder file.

E. Inclusive Dates of the Matching Program

The effective date of this matching program is June 26, 2011, 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. 2011-4999 Filed 3-4-11; 8:45 am]

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