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Notice of the renewal of an existing computer matching program, which is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2003.

Publication Date: May 2003

Page Numbers: 32166-32167

Notice of the renewal of an existing computer matching program, which is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2003.

Posted on 05-29-2003

[Federal Register: May 29, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 103)]
[Page 32166-32167]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access []



Privacy Act of 1974 as Amended; Computer Matching Program (SSA/
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Match Number 1016)

AGENCY: Social Security Administration (SSA).

ACTION: Notice of the renewal of an existing computer matching program,
which is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2003.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as
amended, this notice announces the renewal of an existing computer
matching program that SSA is currently conducting with the IRS.

DATES: IRS will file a report of the subject matching program with the
Committee on Governmental 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 renewal of the matching program will be effective as
indicated below.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties may comment on this notice by either
telefax to (410) 965-8582 or writing to the Associate Commissioner,
Office of Income Security Programs, 760 Altmeyer Building, 6401
Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401. All comments received
will be available for public inspection at this address.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Associate Commissioner for Income
Security Programs as shown above.


A. General

    The Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988 Public Law
(Pub. L.) 100-503), amended the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) by
describing the manner in which computer matching involving Federal
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.
    It requires Federal agencies involved in computer matching programs

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    (1) Negotiate written agreements with the other agency or agencies
participating in the matching programs;
    (2) Obtain the Data Integrity Boards' approval of the match
    (3) Publish notice of the computer matching program in the Federal
    (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 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
programs comply with the requirements of the Privacy Act, as amended.

    Dated: May 2, 2003.
Martin H. Gerry,
Deputy Commissioner for Disability and Income Security Programs.

Notice of Computer Matching Program, Social Security Administration
(SSA) With Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

A. Participating Agencies

    SSA and IRS.

B. Purpose of the Matching Program

    The purpose of this matching program is to establish conditions
under which IRS agrees to disclose to SSA certain return information
for use in verifying eligibility for, and/or the correct amount of,
benefits provided under Title XVI of the Social Security Act to
qualified aged, blind and disabled individuals, and federally
administered supplementary payments of the type described in section
1616(a) of such Act (including payments pursuant to an agreement
entered into under section 212(a) of Pub. L. 93-66, 87 Stat. 152).

C. Authority for Conducting the Matching Program

    Section 6103(1)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C.
6103(1)(7)) authorizes the IRS to disclose return information with
respect to unearned income to Federal, State, and local agencies
administering certain benefit programs under the Social Security Act.
    Section 1631(e)(1)(B) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C.
1383(e)(1)(B)) requires verification of Supplemental Security Income
(SSI) eligibility and benefit amounts with independent or collateral

D. Categories of Records and Individuals Covered by the Matching

    SSA will provide the IRS with identifying information with respect
to applicants for and recipients of benefits available under programs
specified in this Agreement from the Supplemental Security Income
Record and Special Veterans Benefit (SSR), SSA/OSR 60-0103, as

published at 66 FR 11079 (February 21, 2001). IRS will extract return
information with respect to unearned income from the Wage and
Information Returns (IRP) Processing File, Treas/IRS 22.061, hereafter
referred to as the Information Return Master File (IRMF), as published
at 66 FR 63797 (December 10, 2001), through the Disclosure of
Information to Federal, State and Local Agencies (DIFSLA) program.

E. Inclusive Dates of the Matching Program

    The matching program will become effective no sooner than 40 days
after notice of the matching program is sent to Congress and OMB, or 30
days after publication of this notice in the Federal Register,
whichever date 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. 03-13235 Filed 5-28-03; 8:45 am]

Last Modified: 05/28/2003