[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 48 (Tuesday, March 12, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 15734-15735]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-05641]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Office of the Secretary

[Docket No. DHS-2013-0010]


Privacy Act of 1974; Computer Matching Program

AGENCY: Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship and 
Immigration Services.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Overview Information: Privacy Act of 1974; Computer Matching 
Program between the Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship 
and Immigration Services and the Massachusetts Division of Unemployment 
Assistance.
SUMMARY: This document provides notice of the existence of a computer 
matching program between the Department of Homeland Security/U.S. 
Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Massachusetts Division of 
Unemployment Assistance.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Homeland Security/U.S. 
Citizenship and Immigration Services provides this notice in accordance 
with The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended by the 
Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988 (Pub. L. 100-503) 
and the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Amendments of 1990 
(Pub. L. 101-508) (Privacy Act); 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, 65 FR 77677 (December 
12, 2000).
    Participating Agencies: The Department of Homeland Security/U.S. 
Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS/USCIS) is the source agency 
and the Massachusetts Division of Unemployment Assistance (MA-DUA) is 
the recipient agency.
    Purpose of the Match: This Computer Matching agreement allows DHS/
USCIS to provide MA-DUA with electronic access to immigration status 
information contained within the DHS/USCIS Verification Information 
System (VIS). The immigration status information will enable MA-DUA to 
determine whether an applicant is eligible for benefits under the 
Unemployment Compensation (UC) program administered by MA-DUA.
    Authority for Conducting the Matching Program: Section 121 of the 
Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986, Public Law 99-603, 
as amended by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity 
Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), requires DHS to establish a system 
for the verification of immigration status of alien applicants for, or 
recipients of, certain types of benefits and to make this system 
available to state agencies that administer such benefits. Section 
121(c) of IRCA amends Section 1137 of the Social Security Act and 
certain other sections of law that pertain to Federal entitlement 
benefit programs to require state agencies administering these programs 
to use the DHS/USCIS verification system to make eligibility 
determinations in order to prevent the issuance of benefits to alien 
applicants who are not entitled to program benefits because of their 
immigration status. The VIS database is the DHS/USCIS system 
established and made available to MA-DUA and other covered agencies for 
use in making these eligibility determinations.
    MA-DUA seeks access to the information contained in DHS/USCIS VIS 
database for the purpose of confirming the immigration status of alien 
applicants for, or recipients of, the benefits it administers, in order 
to discharge its obligation to conduct such verifications pursuant to 
Section 1137 of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 1320b-7, and to 
Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 151A, Sec.  25(h).
    Categories of Records and Individuals Covered: DHS/USCIS will 
provide the following to MA-DUA: Records in the DHS/USCIS VIS database 
containing information related to the status of aliens and other 
persons on whom DHS/USCIS has a record as an applicant, petitioner, or 
beneficiary. See DHS/USCIS-004 Systematic Alien Verification for 
Entitlements Program System of Records Notice, 76 FR 58525 (September 
21, 2011).

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    MA-DUA will provide the following to DHS/USCIS: MA-DUA records 
pertaining to alien applicants for, or recipients of entitlement 
benefit programs administered by the State.
    MA-DUA will match the following records with DHS-USCIS records:
     Alien Registration Number
     1-94 Number
     Last Name
     First Name
     Middle Name
     Date of Birth
     Nationality
     Social Security Number
    DHS-USCIS will match the following records with MA-DUA records:
     Alien Registration Number
     Last Name
     First Name
     Middle Name
     Date of Birth
     Country of Birth (not nationality)
     Social Security Number (if available)
     Date of Entry
     Immigration Status Data
     Employment Eligibility Data
    Inclusive Dates of the Matching Program: The inclusive dates of the 
matching program are from December 14, 2011, and continuing for 18 
months through to June 13, 2013. The matching program may be extended 
for an additional 12 months thereafter, if certain conditions are met.
    Address for Receipt of Public Comments or Inquires: Individuals 
wishing to comment on this matching program or obtain additional 
information about the program, including requesting a copy of the 
computer matching agreement between DHS-USCIS and MA-DUA, may contact:

    For general questions please contact:

Janice Jackson (202-443-0109), Acting Privacy Branch Chief, U.S. 
Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, 
131 M Street NE., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20529.

    For privacy questions please contact:

Jonathan R. Cantor (202-343-1717), Acting Chief Privacy Officer, 
Privacy Office, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528.

    Dated: February 13, 2013.
Jonathan R. Cantor,
Acting Chief Privacy Officer, Department of Homeland Security.
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