[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 153 (Tuesday, August 9, 2011)]
[Pages 48811-48812]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-20019]

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Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988

AGENCY: Corporation for National and Community Service.

ACTION: Notice of new computer matching program between the Corporation 
for National and Community Service and the Social Security 


SUMMARY: 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), OMB Final Guidance Interpreting the Provisions of 
the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988 (54 FR 25818, 
June 19, 1989), and OMB Circular No. A-130, ``Management of Federal 
Information Resources,'' the Corporation for National and Community 
Service (``CNCS'') is issuing a public notice of its new computer 
matching program with the Social Security Administration (``SSA'').

DATES: CNCS will file a report on the computer matching agreement with 
the Office of Management and Budget and Congress. The matching program 
will begin September 1, 2011, or 40 days after the date of CNCS's 
submissions to OMB and Congress, whichever is later. The matching 
program will continue for 18 months after the effective date 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.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by the title of this 
notice, by any of the following methods.
    (1) By mail sent to: Corporation for National and Community 
Service, Attention Amy Borgstrom, Associate Director for Policy, Room 
9515, 1201 New York Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20525.
    (2) By fax to: (202) 606-3467.
    (3) By e-mail to: [email protected]. Individuals who use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TTY-TDD) may call (202) 606-
3472 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Borgstrom, Associate Director for 
Policy, (202) 606-6930, or by e-mail at [email protected].


A. General

    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), 
regulates the use of computer matching agreements by Federal agencies 
when records in a system of records are matched with other Federal, 
State, or local government records. Among other things, it requires 
Federal agencies involved in computer matching agreements to publish a 
notice in the Federal Register regarding the establishment of the 
matching program.

B. Participating Agencies

    Participants in this computer matching program are the Social 
Security Administration (source agency) and the Corporation for 
National and Community Service (recipient agency).

C. Purpose of the Match

    The computer match between CNCS and SSA will enable CNCS to verify 
the social security numbers (SSNs) of applicants for approved national 
service positions, and verify statements made by those applicants 
regarding their citizenship status.

D. Authority

    SSA's authority for this matching program is section 1711 of the 
Serve America Act of 2009 (Pub. L. 111-13, April 21, 2009). The legal 
authority for the disclosure of SSA data under this agreement is 
section 1106 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1306(b)), 5 U.S.C. 
552a(b)(3) of the Privacy Act, and the regulations and guidance 
promulgated thereunder.
    CNCS's legal authority to enter into this agreement is section 
146(b)(3) of the National and Community Service Act (NCSA) (42 U.S.C. 
12602(a)), concerning an individual's eligibility to receive a Segal 
AmeriCorps Education Award from the National Service Trust upon 
successful completion of a term of service in an approved national 
service position and section 1711 of the Serve America Act (Pub. L. 
111-13), which directs CNCS to enter into a data matching agreement to 
verify statements made by an individual declaring that such individual 
is in compliance with section 146(b)(3) of the NCSA by comparing 
information provided by the individual with information relevant to 
such a declaration in the possession of another Federal agency.

E. Categories of Records and Individuals Covered

    Each individual who applies to serve in an approved national 
service position, including positions in AmeriCorps State and National, 
AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps NCCC, and Serve America Fellows, must, at 
the time of application, certify that the individual meets the 
citizenship eligibility criteria to serve in the position, i.e., is a 
citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident of the United States.
    The Master Files of Social Security Number Holders and SSN 
Applications SSA/OEEAS 60-0058, last published at 74 FR 62866 (December 
1, 2009) (Enumeration System) maintains records about each individual 
who has applied for and obtained an SSN. SSA uses information from the 
Enumeration System to assign SSNs. The information CNCS provides from 
the AmeriCorps Member Individual Account (Corporation 8) system of 
records will be matched against this system of records and verification 
results will be disclosed under the applicable routine use.

F. Inclusive Dates of the Matching Program

    This agreement will be in effect for a period of 18 months, with a 
provision for a one-time extension for a period not to exceed 12 
months. In order to renew this agreement, both CNCS and SSA must 
certify to their respective Data Integrity Boards that: (1) The 
matching program will be conducted without change; and (2) the matching 
program has been conducted in compliance with the original agreement.

G. Procedure

    CNCS will provide SSA with a data file including each applicant's 
social security number, first and last names, date of birth, and sex. 
SSA will conduct a match on the identifying information. If the match 
does not return a result verifying the individual's citizenship status, 
CNCS will contact the individual or the grant recipient program that 
selected the individual to verify the results in accordance with the 
requirements of 5 U.S.C. 552a(p) and applicable OMB guidelines. The 
affected individual will have an opportunity to contest the accuracy of 
the information provided by SSA. The applicant will have at least 30 
days from the date of the notice to provide clear and convincing 
evidence of the accuracy of the social security number, proof of U.S. 
citizenship, or both. The notice will advise the individual and the 
grant recipient program that selected the individual that failure to 
respond within 30 days will provide a valid basis for CNCS to assume 
that the information provided by SSA is correct.

H. Additional Notice

    Applicants will be informed at the time of application that 
information provided on the application is subject to verification 
through a computer

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matching program. The application package will contain a privacy 
certification notice that the applicant must sign authorizing CNCS to 
verify the information provided.

I. Other Information

    CNCS will furnish a copy of this notice to both Houses of Congress 
and the Office of Management and Budget.

    Dated: August 2, 2011.
Philip W. Clark,
Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2011-20019 Filed 8-8-11; 8:45 am]