[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 76 (Friday, April 21, 2017)]
[Page 18806]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-08039]



[Docket No. SSA 2016-0057]

Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program

AGENCY: Social Security Administration (SSA).

ACTION: Notice of a new matching program.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, as 
amended, this notice announces a new computer matching program that we 
are currently conducting with VA/VBA.

DATES: The deadline to submit comments on the proposed matching program 
is 30 days from the date of publication of this notice. The matching 
program will be effective on May 11, 2017 and will expire on November 
10, 2018.

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

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Interested parties may submit general 
questions about the matching program to Mary Ann Zimmerman, Acting 
Executive Director, Office of Privacy and Disclosure, Office of the 
General Counsel, by any of the means shown above.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Computer Matching and Privacy Protection 
Act of 1988 (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 
    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.
    We have taken action to ensure that all of our computer matching 
programs comply with the requirements of the Privacy Act, as amended.

Mary Ann Zimmerman,
Acting Executive Director, Office of Privacy and Disclosure, Office of 
the General Counsel.

    This agreement is executed in compliance with section 1106 of the 
Act (42 U.S.C. 1306), the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), as 
amended by the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988, 
and the regulations and guidance promulgated thereunder.
    The legal authorities for us to conduct this computer matching are 
sections 806(b), 1144, and 1631(e)(1)(B) and (f) of the Act (42 U.S.C. 
1006(b), 1320b-14, and 1383(e)(1)(B) and (f)).
    The legal authority for VA to disclose information under this 
agreement is section 1631(f) of the Act (42 U.S.C. 1383(f)), which 
requires Federal agencies to provide such information as the 
Commissioner of Social Security needs for purposes of determining 
eligibility for or amount of benefits, or verifying other information 
with respect thereto.

    This computer matching agreement sets forth the terms, conditions, 
and safeguards under which VA/VBA will provide us with information 
necessary to: (1) Identify certain Supplemental Security Income (SSI) 
and Special Veterans Benefit (SVB) recipients under Title XVI and Title 
VIII of the Social Security Act (Act), respectively, who receive VA-
administered benefits; (2) determine the eligibility or amount of 
payment for SSI and SVB recipients; and (3) identify the income of 
individuals who may be eligible for Medicare cost-sharing assistance 
through the Medicare Savings Programs as part of the agency's Medicare 
outreach efforts.

    The individuals whose information is involved in this matching 
program are those individuals who are receiving VA compensation or 
pension benefits and SSI or SVB benefits.

    VA will provide us with electronic files containing compensation 
and pension payment data. We will match the VA data with our SSI/SVB 
payment information. We will conduct the match using the Social 
Security number, name, date of birth, and VA claim number on both the 
VA file and the Supplemental Security Record.

    VA will provide us with electronic files containing compensation 
and pension payment data from its system of records (SOR) entitled the 
``Compensation, Pension, Education, and Vocational Rehabilitation and 
Employment Records--VA'' (58VA21/22/28), republished with updated name 
at 74 FR 14865 (April 1, 2009) and last amended at 77 FR 42593 (July 
19, 2012). Routine use 20 of 58VA21/22/28 permits disclosure of the 
subject records for matching purposes.
    We will match the VA data with SSI/SVB payment information 
maintained in our SOR entitled ``Supplemental Security Income Record 
and Special Veterans Benefits'' (60-0103), last published at 71 FR 1830 
(January 11, 2006).

[FR Doc. 2017-08039 Filed 4-20-17; 8:45 am]