[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 48 (Tuesday, March 12, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 15732-15733]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-05645]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Office of the Secretary

[Docket No. DHS-2013-0007]


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 California Department of Health Care 
Services.

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 California Department of 
Health Care Services.

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 California Department of Health Care Services (CA-DHCS) is the 
recipient agency.
    Purpose of the Match: This Computer Matching Agreement allows DHS/
USCIS to provide CA-DHCS with electronic access to immigration status 
information contained within the DHS/USCIS Verification Information 
System (VIS). The immigration status information will enable CA-DHCS to 
determine whether an applicant is eligible for benefits under Medicaid 
Programs administered by CA-DHCS.
    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

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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 CA-DHCS and other covered agencies 
for use in making these eligibility determinations.
    CA-DHCS seeks access to the information contained in the 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 California Welfare and Institutions Code Sec. Sec.  1104.1, 
14007.5, and 14011.2.
    Categories of Records and Individuals Covered: DHS/USCIS will 
provide the following to CA-DHCS: 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).
    CA-DHCS will provide the following to DHS/USCIS: CA-DHCS records 
pertaining to alien applicants for, or recipients of, entitlement 
benefit programs administered by the State.
    CA-DHCS will match the following records with DHS/USCIS records:

 Alien Registration Number
 I-94 Number
 Last Name
 First Name
 Middle Name
 Date of Birth
 Nationality
 Social Security Number

    DHS/USCIS will match the following records with CA-DHCS 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 8, 2011, and continuing for 18 
months through June 7, 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 CA-DHCS, may contact:
    For general questions please contact:

Janice M. 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.
[FR Doc. 2013-05645 Filed 3-11-13; 8:45 am]
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