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Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program

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AGENCY:

Federal Student Aid, Department of Education.

ACTION:

Notice of a New Matching Program.

SUMMARY:

This provides notice of the establishment of the matching program between the U.S. Department of Education (Department) and the Department of Defense (DoD), which sets forth the terms, safeguards, and procedures under which the DoD will disclose data to the Department on service members deployed to areas that qualify for imminent danger pay (IDP) or hostile fire pay (HFP) as described in Defense Manpower Data Center Base (DMDC 01) System of Records Notice, routine use 15.b. This matching program will enable the Department to provide no-interest accrual benefits on qualifying loans made under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) during the time those service members were deployed to qualifying locations.

DATES:

Submit your comments on the proposed matching program on or before December 20, 2019.

The matching program will go into effect 30 days after the publication of this notice, on November 20, 2019, unless comments have been received from interested members of the public requiring modification and republication of the notice. The matching program will continue for 18 months after the effective date and may be renewed for an additional 12 months if, within 3 months prior to the expiration of the 18 months, the respective Data Integrity Boards of the Department and DoD determine that the conditions specified in 5 U.S.C. 552a(o)(2)(D) have been met.

ADDRESSES:

Submit your comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. We will not accept comments submitted by fax or by email or those submitted after the comment period. To ensure that we do not receive duplicate copies, please submit your comments only once. In addition, please include the Docket ID at the top of your comments.

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov to submit your comments electronically. Information on using Regulations.gov, including instructions for accessing agency documents, submitting comments, and viewing the docket, is available on the site under the “help” tab.
  • Postal Mail, Commercial Delivery, or Hand Delivery: If you mail or deliver your comments about the matching program, address them to the Project Manager, Lisa Tessitore, Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education, 830 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20202-5320.

Privacy Note: The Department's policy is to make all comments received from members of the public available for public viewing in their entirety on the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov. Therefore, commenters should be careful to include in their comments only information that they wish to make publicly available.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Pam Eliadis, Service Director, System Operations & Aid Delivery Management, Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education, 830 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20202-5320.

If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), you may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

We provide this notice in accordance with Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (Privacy Act) (5 U.S.C. 552a); Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Final Guidance Interpreting the Provisions of Public Law 100-503, the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988, 54 FR 25818 (June 19, 1989); and OMB Circular No. A-108.

Participating Agencies: The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S Department of Defense.

Authority for Conducting the Matching Program: The Department's legal authority to enter into this Start Printed Page 64053matching program is section 455(o) of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1087e(o)), and the Department is authorized to disclose records to DoD by subsection (b)(3) of the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(3)).

DoD's legal authority for this matching program is provided by section 455(o) of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1087e(o)), and DoD is authorized to disclose records to the Department by subsection (b)(3) of the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(3)).

Purpose(s): The matching program will assist the Department in its obligation to ensure that borrowers who have loans first disbursed on or after October 1, 2008, made under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (20 U.S.C. 1087a et seq.) or a TEACH grant first disbursed on or after October 1, 2008, under the TEACH Grant Program (20 U.S.C. 1070g et seq.), which are collectively referred to herein as “title IV loans”, with outstanding balances receive the no-interest accrual benefit on their eligible title IV loans during the period of time they received IDP or HFP pay. The Department will proactively apply the no-interest accrual benefit to the borrower's eligible title IV loans and notify the borrower that, as a result of the matching program, the borrower does not need to submit further documentation of the borrower's eligibility for the benefit. The Department's notice also will inform the borrower that the Department will accept DoD matched information in lieu of the borrower's submission of DoD payroll documentation, thereby making it easier for the borrower to receive the no-interest accrual benefit.

Categories of Individuals: The matching program involves borrowers who have title IV loans with outstanding balances who are listed on the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) website at https://scra.dmdc.osd.mil/​scra/​#/​home as military servicemembers and who are identified by DoD as being deployed to areas that qualify for IDP or HFP.

Categories of Records: The records to be used in the matching program are described as follows: The Department will disclose to DoD the name (first, middle and last), and Social Security Number (SSN) of borrowers from the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) (18-11-06) who the Department identifies as being military servicemembers via the SCRA website. DoD will then disclose to the Department the name (first middle and last), DOB, and SSN of all service members who served in a qualifying IDP or HFP deployment along with their beginning and ending deployment dates and the total number of days deployed for each qualified deployment.

The Department will match the data elements of name, DOB, and SSN received from DoD with the Department's records on borrowers of title IV loans with balances on such loans.

System(s) of Records: The Department will disclose records to DoD from its system of records identified as “National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)” (18-11-06), which was last published in full in the Federal Register on September 9, 2019 (84 FR 47265) pursuant to routine use (1)(a). The Department has determined that the NSLDS system of records notice contains appropriate routine use disclosure authority and that the use is compatible with the purpose for which the information is collected.

DoD will disclose records back to the Department from its system of records identified as “Defense Manpower Data Center Data Base (DMDC 01), which was last published in full in the Federal Register on February 27, 2019 (84 FR 6383) and subsequently modified on April 16, 2019 (84 FR 15605), pursuant to routine use 15.b. DoD has determined that the DMDC 01 system of records notice contains appropriate routine use disclosure authority and that the use is compatible with the purpose for which the information is collected.

The Department will then match the information provided by DoD with records in the Department's NSLDS system of records.

Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document in an accessible format (such as, braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) on request to Lisa Tessitore, Program Operations Specialist, Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education, 830 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20202-5320. Telephone: (202) 377-3249.

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Mark A. Brown,

Chief Operating Officer, Federal Student Aid.

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[FR Doc. 2019-25285 Filed 11-19-19; 8:45 am]

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