Social Security Administration (SSA).
Notice of a New Matching Program.
In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as amended, this notice announces a new matching program with the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB).
This matching agreement sets forth the terms, conditions, and safeguards under which RRB will disclose to SSA information necessary to verify an individual's self-certification of eligibility for the Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs program (Extra Help). It will also enable SSA to identify individuals who may qualify for Extra Help as part of the agency's Medicare outreach efforts.
The deadline to submit comments on the proposed matching program is 30 days from the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. The matching program will be applicable on March 31, 2020, or once a minimum of 30 days after publication of this notice has elapsed, whichever is later. The matching program will be in effect for a period of 18 months.
Interested parties may comment on this notice by either telefaxing to (410) 966-0869, writing to Matthew D. Ramsey, Executive Director, Office of Privacy and Disclosure, Office of the General Counsel, Social Security Administration, G-401 WHR, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401, or emailing Matthew.Ramsey@ssa.gov. All comments received will be available for public inspection by contacting Mr. Ramsey at this street address.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Norma Followell, Supervisory Team Lead, Office of Privacy and Disclosure, Office of the General Counsel, Social Start Printed Page 51219Security Administration, G-401 WHR, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401, Telephone: (410) 966-5855, or send an email to Norma.Followell@ssa.gov.
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Executive Director, Office of Privacy and Disclosure, Office of the General Counsel.
SSA and RRB.
Authority for Conducting the Matching Program
The legal authority for SSA to conduct this matching activity is sections 1144 and 1860D-14 of the Social Security Act (Act) (42 U.S.C. 1320b-14 and 1395w-114).
This matching program establishes the conditions under which RRB will disclose to SSA information necessary to verify an individual's self-certification of eligibility for the Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs program (Extra Help). It will also enable SSA to identify individuals who may qualify for Extra Help as part of the agency's Medicare outreach efforts.
Categories of Individuals
The individuals whose information is involved in this matching program are individuals who self-certify for Extra Help or may qualify for Extra Help. SSA matches RRB's information with its Medicare Database File (MDB), which includes claimants, applicants, beneficiaries, ineligible spouses and potential claimants for Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B, Medicare Advantage Part C, Medicare Part D, and Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage subsidies.
Categories of Records
RRB will transmit its annuity payment data monthly from its RRB-22 system of records (SOR). The file will consist of approximately 600,000 electronic records. RRB will transmit its Post Entitlement System file daily. The number of records will differ each day, but consist of approximately 3,000 to 4,000 records each month. RRB will transmit files on all Medicare eligible Qualified Railroad Retirement Beneficiaries from its RRB-20 and RRB-22 SORs to report address changes and subsidy changing event information monthly. The file will consist of approximately 520,000 electronic records. The number of people who apply for Extra Help determines in part the number of records matched.
SSA's comparison file will consist of approximately 90 million records obtained from its MDB. SSA will conduct the match using each individual's Social Security number, name, date of birth, RRB claim number, and RRB annuity payment amount in both RRB and MDB files.
System(s) of Records
RRB will provide SSA with data from its RRB-20 SOR, last published on September 30, 2014 (79 FR 58886), and RRB-22 SOR, last published on May 15, 2015 (80 FR 28018).
SSA will match RRB's data with its MDB File, 60-0321, published on July 25, 2006 (71 FR 42159), as amended on December 10, 2007 (72 FR 69723) and November 1, 2018 (83 FR 54969).
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[FR Doc. 2019-20962 Filed 9-26-19; 8:45 am]
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