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The Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988 (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 by 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 of the participating 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.
Notice of Computer Matching Program, SSA with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA).
SSA and VA/VBA.
The purpose of this matching program is to establish the conditions under which VA will disclose VA compensation and pension payment data to us. This disclosure will provide us with 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 us to identify individuals who may qualify for Extra Help.
The legal authority for VA to disclose information under this agreement is 42 U.S.C. 1383(f) of the Social Security Act (Act). The legal authority for us to conduct this computer matching program is 1860D-14(a)(3) (42 U.S.C. 1395w-114), and 1144(a)(1) and (b)(1) (42 U.S.C. 1320b-14) of the Act.
VA will provide us with electronic files containing compensation and pension payment data from its system of records (SOR) entitled “Compensation, Pension, Education, and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Records-VA” (58VA21/22/28), published at 74 FR 29275 (last amended April 27, 2010). Routine use 20 for VA permits the disclosure of this information.
We will match the VA data with data in our Medicare Database (MDB), SOR 60-0321, last published at 71 FR 42159 (July 25, 2006).
VA's data file will consist of approximately 4.9 million electronic records and VA will transmit it monthly. Our comparison file contains approximately 65 million records obtained from the MDB. The number of people who apply for Extra Help determines in part the number of records matched.
We will conduct the match using the Social Security number, name, date of birth, and VA claim number on both the VA file and the MDB.
VA will furnish us with an electronic file containing VA compensation and pension payment data monthly. The actual matching will take place approximately during the first week of every month.
The effective date of this matching program is October 2, 2012, provided that the following notice periods have lapsed: 30 days after publication of this notice in the