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Subject: Computer Matching; System of Records

Publication Date: May 31, 2011

Posted Date: May 31, 2011

Subject: Computer Matching; System of Records

FR Type: Notice

[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 104 (Tuesday, May 31, 2011)]
[Pages 31317-31318]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2011-13414]



Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Computer Matching Program

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (Privacy Act)
(5 U.S.C. 552a), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Final
Guidance Interpreting the Provisions of Public Law 100-503, the
Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988, 54 FR 25818 (June
19, 1989), and OMB Circular A-130, Appendix I, notice is hereby given
of the renewal of the computer matching program between the U.S.
Department of Education (ED) (the recipient agency) and the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) (the source agency). After the ED
and VA Data Integrity Boards approve a new computer matching agreement
(CMA), the computer matching program will begin on the effective date
as specified in the CMA and as indicated in paragraph 5 of this notice.
In accordance with the Privacy Act and applicable OMB guidance, the
following information is provided:

1. Names of Participating Agencies

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs (VA).

2. Purpose of the Match

The purpose of this matching program between ED and VA is to verify
the veteran's status of applicants for financial assistance under Title
IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, (HEA), who claim to
be veterans.
The Secretary of Education is authorized by the HEA to administer
the Title IV programs and to enforce the terms and conditions of the
Section 480(c)(1) of the HEA defines the term ``veteran'' to mean
``any individual who (A) has engaged in the active duty in the United
States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard; and (B) was
released under a

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condition other than dishonorable.'' (20 U.S.C. 1087vv(c)(1)). Under
section 480(d)(1)(D) of the HEA, an applicant who is a veteran (as
defined in section 480(c)(1)) is considered an independent student for
purposes of Title IV, HEA program assistance eligibility, and therefore
does not have to provide parental income and asset information to apply
for Title IV, HEA program assistance. (20 U.S.C. 1087vv(d)(1)(D)).

3. Authority for Conducting the Matching Program

ED is authorized to participate in the matching program under
sections 480(c)(1) and 480(d)(1)(D) of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1087vv(c)(1)
and (d)(1)(D)). VA is authorized to participate in the matching program
under 38 U.S.C. 523.

4. Categories of Records and Individuals Covered by the Match

ED will provide the Social Security number and other identifying
information of each applicant who indicates veteran status. This
information will be disclosed from the Federal Student Aid Application
File system of records (18-11-01), which was most recently published in
the Federal Register on December 29, 2009 (74 FR 68802-68808). ED will
disclose this information to VA under routine use No. 14. ED data will
be matched against data in the Veterans and Beneficiaries
Identification and Records Location Subsystem--VA (38VA21) system of
records, under routine use No. 21, as added to that system of records
by a notice published in the Federal Register on June 4, 2001 (66 FR

5. Effective Dates of the Matching Program

The matching program will be effective on the last of the following
dates: (1) June 24, 2011, the day after the expiration of the current
computer matching agreement; (2) 30 days after notice of the matching
program described in the CMA has been published in the Federal
Register; or (3) 40 days after a report concerning the matching program
has been transmitted to OMB and transmitted to Congress along with a
copy of the CMA, unless OMB waives 10 days of this 40-day period for
compelling reasons shown, in which case 30 days after transmission of
the report to OMB and Congress. The matching program will continue for
18 months after the effective date of the CMA 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 Inquiries

Individuals wishing to comment on this matching program or obtain
additional information about the program, including requesting a copy
of the CMA between ED and VA, should contact Mr. Leroy Everett,
Management and Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Education, Federal
Student Aid, Union Center Plaza, 830 First Street, NE., Washington, DC
20202. Telephone: (202) 377-3265. If you use a telecommunications
device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll
free, at 1-800-877-8339.
Individuals with disabilities can 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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Dated: May 25, 2011.
James Manning,
Chief of Staff, Federal Student Aid.
[FR Doc. 2011-13414 Filed 5-26-11; 11:15 am]

Last Modified: 05/30/2011