Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government


[Docket No. SSA 2010-0006]

Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Computer Matching Program (SSA/Department of Veterans Affairs/Veterans Benefits Administration (VA/VBA))--Match Number 1309

AGENCY: Social Security Administration (SSA).
ACTION: Notice of a renewal of an existing computer matching program that is scheduled to expire on April 1, 2010.
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 VA/VBA.
DATES: We will file a report of the subject matching program with theCommittee 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) 965-0201 or writing to the Deputy Commissioner for Budget, Finance and Management, 800Altmeyer Building, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401. All commentsreceived will be available for public inspection at this address.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Deputy Commissioner for Budget, Finance and Management as shown above.

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 7201of 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 theparticipating Federal agencies;

(3) Publish notice of the computer matching program in theFederal 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.

Dated: February 16, 2010. Michael G. Gallagher, Deputy Commissioner for Budget, Finance and Management. Notice of Computer Matching Program, 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 set forth the terms and conditions under which VA will provide us with VA compensation and pension payment data. This disclosure will provide us with information necessary to verify a person's self-certification of eligibility for prescription drug subsidy assistance under section 1860D-14 of the Social Security Act (Act) (42 U.S.C. 1395w-114). This disclosure will also identify those eligible for Medicare Savings Programs and subsidized Medicare prescription drug coverage, which will enable us to 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 matching activity is section 1860D-14(a)(3) (42 U.S.C. 1395w-114) and section 1144(a)(1) and (b)(1) (42 U.S.C. 1320b-14) of the Act.

The legal authority for VA to disclose information for this match is 42 U.S.C. 1383(f).

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

VA will provide us with electronic files containing compensation and pension payment data from its system of records (SOR) identified as “Compensation, Pension, Education, and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Records-VA (58 VA 21/22/28),” first published at 74 FR 29275 (June 19, 2009). We will match VA data with our SOR 60-0321, our Medicare Database.

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 publication of this notice in theFederal 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.