[Federal Register: September 19, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 182)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Privacy Act of 1974; Computer Matching Program
AGENCY: Department of Education.
ACTION: Notice--computer matching between the Department of Education
and the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Department of Justice.
SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act
of 1988, Pub. L. 100-503, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
Guidelines on the Conduct of Matching Programs, a notice is hereby
given of the computer matching program between the Department of
Education (ED) (the recipient agency), and the Immigration and
Naturalization Service (INS), Department of Justice (the source
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 522a), as
amended by the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1989,
and OMB Circular A-130, the following information is provided:
1. Names of Participating Agencies
The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of
2. Purpose of the Match
The matching program entitled ``Systematic Alien Verification for
Entitlement (SAVE) INS/ED'' will permit ED to confirm the immigration
status of alien applicants for, or recipients of, assistance as
authorized by Title IV, section 484(a)(5), of the Higher Education Act
of 1965, as amended (HEA); 20 U.S.C. 1091(a)(5). The Title IV programs
include: the Federal Pell Grant Program, the Federal Perkins Loan
Program; the Federal Work-Study Program; the Federal Supplemental
Educational Opportunity Grant Program; the Federal Family Education
Loan Program; the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program; the
Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program; and Gaining
Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.
3. Authority for Conducting the Matching Program
The information contained in the INS data base is referred to as
the Alien Status Verification Index (ASVI), and is authorized under the
Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), Pub. L. 99-603. ED
seeks access to this database under the Higher Education Act of 1965,
as amended (section 484(g)); 20 U.S.C. 1091(g). The INS is authorized
to confirm immigration status under the authority of section 103 of the
Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended.
4. Categories of Records and Individuals Covered
The records to be used in the match and the roles of the matching
participants are described as follows:
Through the use of user identification codes and passwords,
authorized persons from ED will transmit electronically data from its
Privacy Act system of records entitled, ``Federal Student Aid
Application File (18-11-01)'' to INS. The data will include the alien
registration number and date of birth of the alien applicant for, or
recipient of, Title IV assistance. This action will initiate a search
for corresponding data elements in an INS Privacy Act system of records
entitled ``Alien Status Verification Index (JUSTICE/INS-009).'' Where
there is a match of records, the system will provide to ED the
immigration status code of the alien applicant or recipient. In
accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552a(p), ED will not suspend, terminate,
reduce, or make a final denial of any Title IV assistance to such
individual, or take other adverse action against such individual, as a
result of information produced by such a match, until (1)(a) ED has
independently verified the information; or (b) the Data Integrity Board
of ED determines in accordance with guidance issued by the Director of
the Office of Management and Budget that (i) the information is limited
to identification and amount of benefits paid by INS under a Federal
benefit program; and (ii) there is a high degree of confidence that the
information provided to ED is accurate; (2) the individual receives a
notice from ED containing a statement of its findings and informing the
individual of the opportunity to contest such findings by submitting
documentation demonstrating a satisfactory immigration status within 30
days of receipt of the notice; and (3) 30 days from the date of the
individual's receipt of such notice has expired.
5. Effective Dates of the Matching Program
The matching program will become effective 40 days after a copy of
the agreement, as approved by the Data Integrity Board of each agency,
is sent to Congress and OMB, unless OMB objects to some or all of the
agreement, or 30 days after publication of this notice in the Federal
Register, whichever date is later. The matching program will continue
for 18 months after the effective date and may be extended for an
additional 12 months thereafter, if the conditions specified in 5
U.S.C. 552a(o)(2)(D) have been met.
6. Address for Receipt of Public Comments or Inquires
Ms. Edith Bell, Management and Program Analyst, U.S. Department of
Education, Federal Student Aid, Union Center Plaza, 830 First Street
NE., Washington, DC 20002-5345. Telephone: (202) 377-3231. If you use a
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an
alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape or computer
diskette) on request to the contact person listed in the preceding
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Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1091(a)(5).
Dated: September 13, 2002.
Acting Chief Operating Officer, Federal Student Aid.
[FR Doc. 02-23798 Filed 9-18-02; 8:45 am]
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