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(CB-98-08) (CB-98-08) Safeguard Activity Report for the Federal Perkins Loan Program

DCLPublicationDate: 6/1/98
DCLID: CB-98-8
Summary: Safeguard Activity Report for the Federal Perkins Loan Program

JUNE 1998


SUBJECT: Safeguard Activity Report for the Federal Perkins Loan Program

PUBLICATION REFERENCE: Chapter 6 of the 1997-98 Federal Student
Financial Aid Handbook
; Federal Perkins Loan Program regulations, 34 CFR Part 674.

Dear Colleague:

This letter concerns the submission of the annual Safeguard Activity Report for the period July 1, 1997 through June 30, 1998, for institutions that participate in the Federal Perkins Loan Program.

As a result of the Higher Education Amendments of 1992, institutions are no longer required to use the IRS/ED Skiptracing Service for carrying out the due diligence provisions of the Federal Perkins Loan Program. Nonetheless, the Department of Education strongly encourages institutions to continue to use this service. The IRS/ED Skiptracing Service is one of the most powerful tools available to institutions for locating defaulted borrowers.

In order to maintain eligibility to participate in the IRS/ED Skiptracing Service, each participating institution must submit the annual Safeguard Activity Report in accordance with IRS Publication 1075. Failure to submit the Report will result in loss of eligibility to participate in this service. The Report must include the outcome of your internal inspection, disposal of data, and any changes from your previous Report. It must be recorded on the institution’s letterhead paper.

The processing procedures require that two zeros be placed in front of the institution’s four digit serial number assigned by the Department of Education to all Federal Perkins Loan Program participants. The six digit serial number, e.g., 001234, must be entered on the Report, and the Report must be prepared as follows:

1. Internal Inspection

Describe the results of the safeguard inspection. It must include the offices where skiptrace data will be maintained and the specific items contained in the skiptrace file(s). More specifically, review your procedures report to assure that all set standards are being maintained.

Please note that this process does not involve Federal Income Tax forms. This process involves the safeguarding of the names and addresses of defaulted NDSL/Federal Perkins Loan borrowers.

2. Disposal of Data

For each separate category of data (i.e., paper file, tape, or keypunch card) report on the method used to destroy these materials and the dates of destruction.

3. Changes to Safeguard Procedures Report

Describe in detail any significant changes in the original Safeguard Procedures Report or authorized persons who have access to the names and addresses of defaulted NDSL/Federal Perkins Loan borrowers. Describe any changes or enhancements to physical and computer security measures utilized to safeguard name and address information.

4. Responsible Official

If there has been a change, provide the name, title, and telephone number of the official who has functional responsibility for implementing the Safeguard Procedures. You should include the name of a contact person if the day-to-day coordination of the program is performed by someone other than the named official or the contact person has changed from the one designated in your Report.

The Report may be prepared by a servicer, but it must be prepared according to the above standards and signed by an authorized official of the institution.

To ensure the institution’s continued use of the IRS/ED Skiptracing Service, a signed copy of your Report must be submitted by your institution postmarked no later than August 31, 1998, and sent to the following address:
U.S. Department of Education
GSL/Perkins IRS Skiptracing Service
P.O. Box 4132
Greenville, Texas 75403-4132

It is important to note that you may send your Report and your future requests for service only via the U. S. Postal Service. Commercial carriers such as Federal Express and UPS will not be able to deliver to the above post office box.

If the Report is to be prepared by another office of your institution, please deliver this letter promptly to that office. If you need additional guidance, you may contact Lloyd Nicholson of the Campus-Based Programs System Division on
(202) 708-9201.

Sincerely yours,

Diane E. Rogers
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary
Student Financial Assistance Programs

Last Modified: 07/26/1998