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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 Federal Tax Information (FUTURE Act)
Matching Agency U.S. Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Federal Register 88 FR 42052
Effective: July 30, 2023
Expires: January 29, 2025
Title Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)
Matching Agency Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Federal Register 88 FR 23675 (May 18, 2023)
Effective: May 18, 2023
Expires: November 17, 2024
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: October 21, 2023
Expires: October 20, 2024
Title Drug Trafficking or Possession, Student Aid Denial
Matching Agency Department of Justice
Federal Register 88 FR 36556 (June 5, 2023)
Effective: July 2, 2023
Expires: January 1, 2025
Title Social Security Number and Citizenship Status
Matching Agency Social Security Administration
Federal Register 88 FR 62069 (September 8, 2023)
Effective: October 11, 2023
Expires: October 10, 2024
Title Total and Permanent Discharge Benefits
Matching Agency Social Security Administration
Federal Register  86 FR 47092 (08/23/2021)
Effective: March 30, 2023
Expires: March 29, 2024
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 1, 2022
Expires: August 31, 2024
Title Benefit Eligibility for Imminent Danger Pay (IDP) and Hostile Fire Pay (HFP)
Matching Agency Department of Defense
Federal Register 88 FR 19941 (April 4, 2023)
Effective: May 4 2023
Expires: November 3, 2024


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