[Federal Register: August 23, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 164)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Privacy Act of 1974; Computer Matching Program; Notice
AGENCY: Department of Education.
ACTION: Notice--Computer matching between the Department of Education
and the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury.
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, notice is hereby given
of the computer matching program between the Department of Education
(ED) (the recipient agency), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS),
Department of Treasury (the source agency).
Notice of the matching program was originally published in the
Federal Register on April 12, 1974 (58 FR 31587); the program became
effective January 14, 1998. Duration was 18 months plus a one-year
extension permitted by the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended by the
Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988 (5 U.S.C.
552a(o)(2)(D)). The one-year extension expired July 14, 2000. This
document notifies the public of the approval of a new agreement between
the Department of Treasury and Department of Education to continue the
matching program. The Data Integrity Boards will continue the matching
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), as
amended, and OMB guidance on the computer matching provision of the
Privacy Act, we provide the following information:
1. Name of Participating Agencies
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Internal Revenue
Service (IRS) of the U.S. Department of Treasury.
2. Purpose of the Match
This matching program, entitled Taxpayer Address Request (TAR),
permits ED to have access to any taxpayer's mailing address who has
defaulted on certain loans extended under the Higher Education Act for
the purposes of locating the taxpayer to collect the loan. This
agreement further provides for redisclosure by the Secretary of
Education of a taxpayer's mailing address to any lender, or State or
nonprofit guarantee agency, also participating under the Higher
Education Act, or any educational institution with which the Secretary
of Education has an agreement under that Act.
3. Authority for Conducting the Matching Program
The information contained in the IRS data base is referred to as
TAR, and is authorized under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) sections
6103 (m)(4) and (m)(5), Pub. L. 99-603.
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:
ED will provide the Social Security Number (SSN) and first four
letters of the last name of each student who has defaulted under a loan
program authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
This information will be extracted from the Student Financial
Assistance Collection System of records (18-11-07). The ED data will be
matched against the IRS' system of records to collect most the recent
address of each taxpayer who matches the SSN and first four letters of
the last provided by ED.
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 the Office of Management and Budget, or 30 days
after publication of this notice in the Federal Register, unless OMB
disapproves the Matching Program within the 40-day review period. If
OMB takes no action within 40 days, this Matching Program becomes
effective after both the 40-day OMB period and the 30-day period have
passed. The matching program will continue for 18 months after the
effective date and may be extended for an additional 12 months, if the
conditions specified in 5 U.S.C. 552a(o)(2)(D) have been met.
6. Address for Receipt of Public Comments or Inquiries
The person to contact if there are any questions or inquiries is:
Cynthia DB Mills, Management Analyst, Federal Family Student Loan
Systems Division, Student Financial Assistance, Development Division,
U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, (Room 4613, ROB-
3), Washington, DC 20202, Telephone: 202-708-9768. If you use a
telecommunications device for the deaf (TTD) 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 paragraph.
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Dated: August 18, 2000.
Chief Operating Officer, Student Financial Assistance.
[FR Doc. 00-21477 Filed 8-22-00; 8:45 am]
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