[Federal Register: October 5, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 194)]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Computer Matching Program Social
Security Administration (SSA) and Immigration and Naturalization
AGENCY: Social Security Administration (SSA).
ACTION: Notice of computer matching program.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as
amended, this notice announces a computer matching program that SSA
plans to conduct.
DATES: SSA will file a report of the subject matching program with the
Committee on Government Affairs of the Senate, the Committee on
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
telefax to (410) 597-0841, or writing to the Associate Commissioner for
Program Support, 2-Q-16 Operations Bldg, 6401 Security Boulevard,
Baltimore, MD 21235.
All comments received will be available for public inspection at
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Associate Commissioner for Program
Support as shown above.
The Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (Pub. L.
100-503), amended the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) by describing the
which computer matching involving records of Federal and State agencies
could be performed and adding certain protections for individuals
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 individuals. 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. Among other things,
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 Data Integrity Board's approval of the match
(3) Furnish detailed reports about matching programs to Congress
(4) Notify applicants and beneficiaries that their records are
subject to matching; and
(5) Verify match findings before reducing, suspending, terminating
or denying an individual's benefits or payments.
B. SSA Computer Matches Subject to the Privacy Act
We have taken action to ensure that all of SSA's computer matching
programs comply with the requirements of the Privacy Act, as amended.
Dated: September 28, 2001.
Acting Deputy Commissioner for Disability and Income Security Programs.
Notice of Computer Matching Program, Social Security Administration
(SSA) with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)
SSA and INS.
Purpose of the Matching Program
The purpose of this matching program is to establish conditions
under which INS agrees to the disclosure of information regarding
certain aliens who may, as a result of their current and planned
absences from the United States, be subject to nonpayment of benefits
in programs administered by SSA. The disclosure will provide SSA with
information useful in determining claim and benefit status under both
title II and title XVI of the Social Security Act governing Social
Security Retirement, Survivors and Disability Insurance benefits, and
Supplemental Security Income, as certain persons who are outside the
United States or similarly lack appropriate statutorily specified
residency and citizenship/alienage status, may not be paid benefits
under specific statutory provisions of those titles.
Authority for Conducting the Match:
This matching operation is carried out under the authority of
sections 202(n), 1611(f), 1614(a)(1), 1631(e)(1)(B) of the Social
Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 402(n), 1382(f), 1382c(a)(1), 1383(e)(1)(B),
1383(f) and 8 U.S.C. Sec. 1611 and 1612; and section 237(a) of the
Immigration and Nationality Act.
Categories of Records and Individuals Covered by The March:
INS will disclose to SSA two data files as described below:
1. Aliens Who Leave the United States Voluntarily
INS data on aliens leaving the United States voluntarily from INS's
computer linked information management system will be matched with
SSA's Master Files of Social Security Number Holders and SSN
Applications (Numident Alpha-Index) (SSA/OSR 60 0058). SSA will next
match records of persons whose SSNs are verified against SSA's SSR
system, (SSA OSR 60-0103), in order to identify aliens potentially
subject to suspension of SSI monthly SSI benefit payments under title
XVI of the Act due to absence from the United States of 30 consecutive
days or more.
2. Aliens Who Are Deported From the United States
INS will provide SSA with a file drawn from the INS Deportable
Alien Control System (DACS) including the SSNs (if available) of aliens
who have been deported from the United States under specified
provisions as described in 202(n)(1) of the Social Security Act, and
who, therefore, may be subject to nonpayment of social security
benefits under title II of the Social Security Act (in some instances
along with their dependents or survivors who are outside of the United
States.) This deportee file will also contain records of individuals
who may be ineligible for SSI benefits under title XVI of the Social
Security Act as a result of their status as deportees given certain
residency and/or alien citizenship requirements for eligibility
regarding that title. SSA will match the records provided by INS
against SSA's Master Files of Social Security Numbers and SSN
Applications (SSA/OSR 60-0058); the Master Beneficiary Record (MBR)
(SSA/OSR 60-0090); and the SSR (SSA/OSR 60-0103).
Inclusive Dates of the Match:
The matching agreement for this program shall become effective no
sooner than 40 days after notice of the matching program is sent to
Congress and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) or 30 days after
publication of this notice in the Federal Register whichever 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.
[FR Doc. 01-24990 Filed 10-4-01; 8:45 am]
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