[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 106 (Friday, June 1, 2012)]
[Pages 32709-32710]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-13300]

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[Docket No. SSA 2011-0089]

Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Computer Matching Program (SSA/
Department of Homeland Security (DHS))--Match Number 1010

AGENCY: Social Security Administration (SSA).

ACTION: Notice of a renewal of an existing computer matching program 
that will expire on July 18, 2012.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as 
amended, this notice announces a renewal of an existing computer 
matching program that we are currently conducting with DHS.

DATES: We will file a report of the subject matching program with the 
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate; 
the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the House of 
Representatives; and the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The matching program will be 
effective as indicated below.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties may comment on this notice by either 
telefaxing to (410) 966-0869, or writing to the Executive Director, 
Office of Privacy and Disclosure, Office of the General Counsel, 617 
Altmeyer Building, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401. 
All comments received will be available for public inspection at this 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Executive Director, Office of 
Privacy and Disclosure, Office of the General Counsel, 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 conditions under which computer matching involving the 
Federal government could be performed and adding certain protections 
for persons 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 persons.
    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 to:
    (1) Negotiate written agreements with the other agency or agencies 
participating in the matching programs;
    (2) Obtain approval of the matching agreement by the Data Integrity 
Boards of the participating Federal agencies;
    (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 a person's benefits or payments.

B. SSA Computer Matches Subject to the Privacy Act

    We have taken action to ensure that all of our computer matching 
programs comply with the requirements of the Privacy Act, as amended.

Daniel F. Callahan,
Acting Executive Director, Office of Privacy and Disclosure, Office of 
the General Counsel.

Notice of Computer Matching Program, SSA With DHS

A. Participating Agencies

    SSA and DHS.

B. Purpose of the Matching Program

    The purpose of this matching program is to establish conditions, 
safeguards, and procedures for disclosure of information relating to 
aliens for matching purposes by DHS and us. DHS will disclose two 
separate data files through a computer matching operation for our use 
in making Federal benefit eligibility determinations for aliens who 
leave the United States voluntarily and aliens who are removed from the 
United States.

C. Authority for Conducting the Matching Program

    This agreement is executed under the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. 
552a, as amended by the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 
1988, as amended, and the regulations and guidance promulgated 
    Legal authority for the disclosures under this agreement is the 
Social Security Act (Act), 42 U.S.C. 1383(e)(1)(B), 402(n), 1382(f) and 
1382c(a)(1), and the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 
1611 and 1612.
    Section 1631(e)(1)(B) of the Act requires us to verify declarations 
of applicants for and recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) 
payments before making a determination of eligibility or payment 
amount. Section 1631(f) of the Act requires Federal agencies to provide 
us with information necessary to verify SSI eligibility or benefit 
amounts or to verify other information related to these determinations. 
Section 202(n)(2) of the Act specifies that the Secretary of Homeland 
Security notify the Commissioner of Social Security when certain 
individuals are removed from the United States under sections 237(a) 
and 212(a)(6)(A) of the INA.

D. Categories of Records and Persons Covered by the Matching Program

1. Aliens Who Leave the United States Voluntarily

    Using the DHS Benefits Information System (BIS), DHS/USCIS-007, DHS 
will identify for us aliens who leave the United States voluntarily. 
Our systems of records used in the match are the Master Files of Social 
Security Number (SSN) Holders and SSN Applications (Enumeration 
System), SSA/OEEAS 60-0058, and the Supplemental Security Income Record 
and Special Veterans Benefits (SSIR/SVB or SSR), SSA/OASSIS 60-0103.
    BIS provides us the alien's name, SSN, date of birth (DOB), alien 
identification number, date of departure, and expected length of stay. 
To verify the SSN, we will match BIS data against the names, DOB, and 
SSNs found in our Numident and Alpha-Index files in our Enumeration 
System. We will store and match verified SSNs against the same elements 
in our SSR files.

2. Aliens Who Are Removed From the United States

    DHS will identify for us, from their Immigration and Enforcement 
Operational Records System (ENFORCE), DHS/ICE-011, aliens who are 
removed from the United States. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 
maintains information on removed aliens from the DHS database known as 
the Enforcement Integrated Database (EID).
    Our systems of records used in the match are the Enumeration 
System, the SSR, the Master Beneficiary Record (MBR), SSA/OEEAS 60-
0090, and the Prisoner Update Processing System (PUPS), SSA/OPB 60-
0269. The Unverified Prisoner System (UPS) is a subsystem of PUPS. UPS 
users perform a manual search of fallout cases where the Enumeration 
and Verification

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System is unable to locate an SSN for an alien deportee.
    ENFORCE, EID provides us information including the individual's 
name and alias (if any), SSN (if available), DOB, sex, country of 
birth, country to which removed, date of removal, final removal charge 
code, and DHS ``A'' number. To verify the SSN, we will match ENFORCE 
data against our Numident and Alpha-Index files in our Enumeration 
System. We match the verified SSNs against the existing MBR and SSR 
records to locate those aliens removed from the United States, and 
their dependents or survivors, if any, who have claimed and are 
currently receiving Retirement, Survivors and Disability Insurance and/
or SSI benefits.

E. Inclusive Dates of the Matching Program

    The effective date of this matching program is July 19, 2012, 
provided that the following notice periods have lapsed: 30 days after 
publication of this notice in the Federal Register and 40 days after 
notice of the matching program is sent to Congress and OMB. The 
matching program will continue for 18 months from the effective date 
and, if both agencies meet certain conditions, it may extend for an 
additional 12 months thereafter.

[FR Doc. 2012-13300 Filed 5-31-12; 8:45 am]