FR Doc 03-22179
[Federal Register: August 29, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 168)]
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Privacy Act of 1974; Computer Matching Program

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice--computer matching between the U.S. Department of 
Education and the Social Security Administration.


SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act 
of 1988, Public Law 100-503, and the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) Guidelines on the Conduct of Matching Programs, notice is hereby 
given of the renewal of the computer matching program between the U.S. 
Department of Education (ED)(recipient agency), and the Social Security 
Administration (SSA) (the source agency). This renewal of the computer 
matching program between SSA and ED will become effective as explained 
    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), the OMB Final Guidelines on the Conduct of Matching 
Programs (see 54 FR 25818, June 19, 1989), and OMB Circular A-130, we 
provide the following information:

1. Names of Participating Agencies

    The U.S. Department of Education and the Social Security 

2. Purpose of the Match

    The purpose of this matching program between ED and SSA is to 
assist the Secretary of Education in his obligation to verify 
immigration status and social security numbers (SSN) under 20 U.S.C. 
1091(g) and (p). The SSA will verify the issuance of an SSN to, and the 
citizenship status of, those students and parents who provide their 
SSNs in the course of applying for aid under a student financial 
assistance program authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education 
Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). Verification of this information by SSA 
will help ED satisfy its obligation to ensure that individuals applying 
for financial assistance meet eligibility requirements imposed by the 
    Verification by this computer matching program effectuates the 
purpose of the HEA, because it provides an efficient and comprehensive 
method of verifying the accuracy of each individual's SSN and claim to 
a citizenship status that permits that individual to qualify for Title 
IV, HEA assistance.

3. Legal Authority for Conducting the Matching Program

    ED is authorized to participate in the matching program under 
sections 484(p)(20 U.S.C. 1091(p)); 484(g)(20 U.S.C. 1091(g)); 
483(a)(7)(20 U.S.C. 1090(a)(7)); and 428B(f)(2)(20 U.S.C. 1078-2(f)(2)) 
of the HEA.
    The SSA is authorized to participate in the matching program under 
section 1106(a) of the Social Security Act, (42 U.S.C. 1306(a)), and 
the regulations promulgated pursuant to that section (20 CFR part 401).

4. Categories of Records and Individuals Covered by the Match

    The Federal Student Aid Application File (18-11-01), which contains 
the applicant information on authority from ED and the ED PIN 
Registration System of Records (18-11-12), which contains the 
applicant's information to receive an ED PIN, will be matched against 
SSA's Master Files of Social Security Numbers Holders and SSN 
Applications System, SSA/OEEAS, 60-0058, which maintains records about 
each individual who has applied for and obtained an SSN.

5. Privacy Impact Assessment

    Section 208 of the E-Government Act of 2002 (44 U.S.C. 3501 note) 
requires ED to conduct the following privacy impact assessment of this 
information collection:
    The information collected by ED under this computer matching 
agreement is the verification of SSNs and citizenship by SSA, for the 
purpose of assisting ED to satisfy its obligation to ensure that an 
individual applying for financial assistance meets the requirements 
imposed under the HEA. This verification is mandated by the HEA. The 
information obtained from SSA by ED will only be used as provided for 
under Section X of the agreement. Notice that ED verifies an 
individual's SSN through a computer matching agreement with agencies 
such as SSA is provided to individuals in the Privacy and Security 
section of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and in 
Federal student loan program forms; submission of a FAFSA and 
participation in the Federal student loan programs is voluntary. The 
information obtained from SSA under this computer matching agreement 
will be secured pursuant to the procedures described in Section IX of 
the agreement. No new system of records is being created for this 
collection because, as noted above, the verification of SSNs is already 
included as a routine use in the System of Records for Federal student 
aid programs. Thus, this collection comports with applicable Privacy 
Act standards and Section 208.

6. Effective Date of the Matching Program

    This matching program must be approved by the Data Integrity Board 
of each agency. This matching agreement will become effective on: (1) 
October 10, 2003; (2) 40 days after the approved agreement is sent to 
Congress and OMB (or later if OMB objects to some or all of the 
agreement); or (3) 30 days after publication of this notice in the 
Federal Register, whichever date is last.
    The matching agreement 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. 552(o)(2)(D) have 
been met.

7. Address for Receipt of Public Comments or Inquiries

    Individuals wishing to comment on this matching program, or to 
obtain additional information about the program, including a copy of 
the computer matching agreement between ED and SSA, should contact Ms. 
Edith Bell, Management and Program Analyst, Union Center Plaza, 830 
First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20002-5454. Telephone: (202) 377-
3231. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf

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diskette) on request to the contact person listed in the preceding 

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    Dated: August 26, 2003.
Theresa S. Shaw,
Chief Operating Officer, Federal Student Aid.
[FR Doc. 03-22179 Filed 8-28-03; 8:45 am]