FR Doc 03-11898
[Federal Register: May 13, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 92)]
[Page 25585-25586]
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Privacy Act of 1974; Computer Matching Program

AGENCY: Department of Education.

[[Page 25586]]

ACTION: Notice--Computer Matching between the Department of Education 
and the Department of Justice.


SUMMARY: Section 5301(a)(1) of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 (now 
designated as section 421(a)(1) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 
U.S.C. 862(a)(1))) includes provisions regarding the judicial denial of 
Federal benefits. Section 5301 authorizes Federal and State judges to 
deny certain Federal benefits (including student financial assistance 
under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended) to 
individuals convicted of drug trafficking or possession.
    In order to ensure that Title IV student financial assistance is 
not awarded to individuals subject to denial of benefits under court 
orders issued pursuant to section 5301, the Department of Justice and 
the Department of Education implemented a computer matching program. 
The 18-month computer matching agreement (CMA) was recertified for an 
additional 12 months on June 18, 2002. The 12-month recertification of 
the CMA will automatically expire on June 18, 2003.
    The Department of Education must continue to obtain from the 
Department of Justice identifying information regarding individuals who 
are the subject of section 5301 denial of benefits court orders. The 
purpose of this notice is to announce the continued operation of the 
computer matching program and to provide certain required information 
concerning the computer-matching program.
    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), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidelines on 
the Conduct of Matching Programs (see 54 FR 25818, June 19, 1989), and 
OMB Circular A-130, the following information is provided:

1. Names of Participating Agencies

    The Department of Education (ED)(recipient agency) and the 
Department of Justice (DOJ)(source agency).

2. Purpose of the Match

    This matching program is designed to assist ED in enforcing the 
sanctions imposed under section 5301 of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 
(Pub. L. 100-690).

3. Authority for Conducting the Matching Program

    Under section 5301 of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, as amended 
(21 U.S.C. 862), ED must deny Federal benefits to any individual upon 
whom a Federal or State court order has imposed a penalty denying 
eligibility for those benefits. Student financial assistance under 
Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) is a 
Federal benefit under section 5301 and ED must, in order to meet its 
obligations under the HEA, have access to information about individuals 
who have been declared ineligible under section 5301.
    Section 5301 and the Procedures for Implementation of section 5301 
(Pub. L. 100-690), transmitted to the Congress on August 30, 1989, 
direct DOJ to act as an information clearinghouse for Federal agencies. 
While DOJ provides information about section 5301 individuals who are 
ineligible for Federal benefits to the General Services Administration 
(GSA) for inclusion in GSA's List of Parties Excluded from Federal 
Procurements and Nonprocurement Programs, DOJ and ED have determined 
that matching against the DOJ database is more efficient and effective 
than access to the GSA List. The DOJ database has specific information 
about the Title IV, HEA programs for which individuals are ineligible 
as well as the expiration of the debarment period, making the DOJ 
database more complete than the GSA List. Both of these elements are 
essential for a successful match.

4. Categories of Records and Individuals Covered by the Match

    ED will submit for verification, records from its Central 
Processing System files (Federal Student Aid Application File (18-11-
01)), the social security number (SSN) and other identifying 
information for each applicant for Title IV student financial 
assistance. ED will use the SSN and the first two letters of an 
applicant's last name for the match.
    The DOJ Denial of Federal Benefits Clearinghouse System 
(DEBAR)(OJP-0013) contains the names, social security numbers, dates of 
birth, and other identifying information regarding individuals 
convicted of Federal or State offenses involving drug trafficking or 
possession of a controlled substance who have been denied Federal 
benefits by Federal or State courts. This system of records also 
contains information concerning the specific program or programs for 
which benefits have been denied, as well as the duration of the period 
of ineligibility. DOJ will make available for the matching program the 
records of only those individuals who have been denied Federal benefits 
under one or more of the Title IV, HEA programs.

5. Effective Dates of the Matching Program

    The matching program will become effective on June 19, 2003; or 40 
days after a copy of the agreement, as approved by the Data Integrity 
Board of each agency, is sent to Congress and OMB unless OMB objects to 
some or all of the agreement; or 30 days after publication of this 
notice in the Federal Register, whichever date is last. 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.

6. Address for Receipt of Public Comments or Inquiries

    Ms. Edith Bell, Management and Program Analyst, U.S. Department of 
Education, Federal Student Aid, Union Center Plaza, 830 First Street, 
NE., Washington, DC 20202-5454. Telephone: (202) 377-3231. If you use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an 
alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape or computer 
diskette) on request to the contact person listed in the preceding 

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    Authority: 21 U.S.C. 862(a)(1); 5 U.S.C. 552a; Pub. L. No. 100-

    Dated: May 8, 2003.
Theresa S. Shaw,
Chief Operating Officer, Federal Student Aid.
[FR Doc. 03-11898 Filed 5-12-03; 8:45 am]