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Department of Education's Computer Matching Agreements (CMA)

The Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988 (the Act), Pub.L.100-503, amends the Privacy Act of 1974, and establishes procedural safeguards affecting agencies' use of Privacy Act records in performing certain types of computerized matching programs. The Act regulates the use of computer matching by Federal agencies involving personally identifiable records maintained in a system of records subject to the Privacy Act. The Act requires agencies to have written agreements in place specifying the terms under which matches are to be conducted. The Act applies to the computerized comparison of two or more automated systems of records (or Federal personnel or payroll systems of records) between Federal agencies or between a Federal agency and a non-Federal agency when:

  1. establishing or verifying eligibility or continuing compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements of applicants or recipients or beneficiaries, or
  2. recouping payments on delinquent debts under Federal benefits programs. The Act does not apply to matches that produce aggregate statistical data without any personal identifiers; research or statistical project data that do not concern the rights, benefits, or privileges of an individual; or to certain activities involving matches of tax information or the enforcement of criminal laws.

The Data Integrity Board (the Board) was established in accordance with the provisions of P.L. 100-503, the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988 (the Act). The Board is responsible to:

  1. Review, approve, and maintain all Departmental computer matching agreements
  2. Review annually agreements to ensure compliance with laws, regulations, and guidelines
  3. Review record-keeping and disposal policies and practices
  4. Provide interpretation and guidance
  5. Serve as clearinghouse for receiving and giving information on reliability of records
  6. Report matching agreements to congress and Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
  7. Submit an annual report on matching activities to the Secretary and OMB

For more information on the U.S. Department of Education, Data Integrity Board Charter (PDF, 123.4K)

Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-108, Section 14 requires agencies to submit annually to OMB an Annual Matching Activity Report. The Department reports to OMB annually about their matching activities. The following are the Department's Matching Activity Reports for 2019-2021:

The following are official CMAs at the U.S. Department of Education:

Title Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE)
Matching Agency Department of Homeland Security (Citizenship and Immigration Services)
Federal Register  87 FR 14844 (03/16/2022)
Effective: April 21, 2022
Expires: October 20, 2023
Title Drug Trafficking or Possession, Student Aid Denial
Matching Agency Department of Justice
Federal Register 85 FR 78127 (January 4, 2021)
Effective: July 2, 2022
Expires: July 3, 2023
Title Credit Alert Interactive Voice Response System (CAIVRS)
Matching Agency Department of Housing and Urban Development
Federal Register 85 FR 12801 (March 4, 2020)
Effective: October 3, 2021
Expires: October 2, 2022
Title Social Security Number and Citizenship Status
Matching Agency Social Security Administration
Federal Register 81 FR 45910 (September 11, 2018)
Effective: October 11, 2022
Expires: October 10, 2023
Title Total and Permanent Discharge Benefits
Matching Agency Social Security Administration
Federal Register  86 FR 47092 (08/23/2021)
Effective: September 30, 2021
Expires: March 29, 2023
Title Veterans Status
Matching Agency Department of Veterans Affairs
Federal Register 86 FR 24394
Effective: January 3, 2023
Expires: January 2, 2024
Title Total & Permanent Discharge Benefits
Matching Agency Department of Veterans Affairs
Federal Register 86 FR 22640 (4/29/2021)
Effective: May 31, 2021
Expires: November 30, 2023
Title Children of military personnel who have died as a result of U.S. military service in Iraq or Afghanistan since September 11, 2001
Matching Agency Department of Defense
Federal Register 86 FR 7547 (January 29, 2021)
Effective: September 11, 2022
Expires: September 30, 2024
Title Benefit Eligibility for Imminent Danger Pay (IDP) and Hostile Fire Pay (HFP)
Matching Agency Department of Defense
Federal Register 83 FR 64052 (November 20, 2019)
Effective: December 20, 2019
Expires: June 19, 2021


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