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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 the
(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.
We have taken action to ensure that all of our computer matching programs comply with the requirements of the Privacy Act, as amended.
SSA and VA/VBA.
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.
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).
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.
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 the