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  • News: DHS Releases Notice on the Privacy Act of 1974 and Computer Matching Program

    Federal Register, Volume 78 Issue 124 (Thursday, June 27, 2013)
    [Federal Register Volume 78, Number 124 (Thursday, June 27, 2013)]
    [Notices]
    [Pages 38724-38725]
    From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
    [FR Doc No: 2013-15355]
    
    
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    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
    
    Office of the Secretary
    
    [Docket No. DHS-2013-0006]
    
    
    Privacy Act of 1974; Computer Matching Program
    
    AGENCY: Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship and 
    Immigration Services.
    
    ACTION: Notice.
    
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        Overview Information: Privacy Act of 1974; Computer Matching 
    Program between the Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship 
    and Immigration Services and the California Department of Social 
    Services.
    SUMMARY: This document provides notice of the existence of a Computer 
    Matching Agreement that establishes a computer matching program between 
    the Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship and Immigration 
    Services and the California Department of Social Services.
    
    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Homeland Security/U.S. 
    Citizenship and Immigration Services provides this notice 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) 
    and the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Amendments of 1990 
    (Pub. L. 101-508) (Privacy Act); Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
    Final Guidance Interpreting the Provisions of Public Law 100-503, the 
    Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988, 54 FR 25818 (June 
    19, 1989); and OMB Circular A-130, Appendix I, 65 FR 77677 (December 
    12, 2000).
        Participating Agencies: The Department of Homeland Security/U.S. 
    Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS/USCIS) is the source agency 
    and the California Department of Social Services (CA-DSS) is the 
    recipient agency.
        Purpose of the Match: The Computer Matching Agreement (Agreement) 
    that establishes this computer matching program allows DHS/USCIS to 
    provide CA-DSS with electronic access to immigration status information 
    contained within the DHS/USCIS Verification Information System (VIS). 
    The immigration status information will enable CA-DSS to determine 
    whether an applicant is eligible for benefits under the Temporary 
    Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and Supplemental Nutrition 
    Assistance Program (SNAP) program administered by CA-DSS.
        Authority for Conducting the Matching Program: Section 121 of the 
    Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986, Public Law 99-603, 
    as amended by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity 
    Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), requires DHS to establish a system 
    for the verification of immigration status of alien applicants for, or 
    recipients of, certain types of benefits as specified in IRCA, and to 
    make this system available to state agencies that administer such 
    benefits. Section 121(c) of IRCA amends Section 1137 of the Social 
    Security Act and certain other sections of law that pertain to Federal 
    entitlement benefit programs to require state agencies administering 
    these programs to use the DHS/USCIS verification system to make 
    eligibility determinations in order to prevent the issuance of benefits 
    to alien applicants who are not entitled to program benefits
    
    [[Page 38725]]
    
    because of their immigration status. The VIS database is the DHS/USCIS 
    system established and made available to CA-DSS and other covered 
    agencies for use in making these eligibility determinations.
        CA-DSS seeks access to the information contained in DHS/USCIS VIS 
    database for the purpose of confirming the immigration status of alien 
    applicants for, or recipients of, the benefits it administers, in order 
    to discharge its obligation to conduct such verifications pursuant to 
    Section 1137 of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 1320b-7(a). Pursuant 
    to Section 840 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Reconciliation 
    Act of 1996, verification of applicants for Food Stamps through DHS/
    USCIS is optional for CA-DSS. CA-DSS has elected to use the VIS for all 
    alien applicants for Food Stamps for the length of this Agreement.
        Categories of Records and Individuals Covered: DHS/USCIS will 
    provide the following to CA-DSS: Records in the DHS/USCIS VIS database 
    containing information related to the status of aliens and other 
    persons on whom DHS/USCIS has a record as an applicant, petitioner, or 
    beneficiary. See DHS/USCIS-004 Systematic Alien Verification for 
    Entitlements Program System of Records Notice, 76 FR 58525 (September 
    21, 2011).
        CA-DSS will provide the following to DHS/USCIS: CA-DSS records 
    pertaining to alien applicants for, or recipients of, entitlement 
    benefit programs administered by the State.
        CA-DSS will match the following records with DHS-USCIS records:
    
     Alien Registration Number (also referred to as USCIS Number)
     1-94 Number
     Last Name
     First Name
     Middle Name
     Date of Birth
     Nationality
     Social Security Number
    
    DHS-USCIS will match the following records with CA-DSS records:
    
     Alien Registration Number
     Last Name
     First Name
     Middle Name
     Date of Birth
     Country of Birth (not nationality)
     Social Security Number (if available)
     Date of Entry
     Immigration Status Data
     Employment Eligibility Data
    
        Inclusive Dates of the Matching Program: This Agreement will be 
    effective 40 days after a report concerning the computer matching 
    program has been transmitted to the Office of Management and Budget 
    (OMB) and transmitted to Congress along with a copy of the Agreement, 
    or 30 days after publication of a computer matching notice in the 
    Federal Register, whichever is later. The Agreement (and matching 
    activity) will continue for 18 months from the effective date, unless 
    within three (3) months prior to the expiration of this Agreement, the 
    Data Integrity Board approves a one-year extension pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
    552a(o)(2)(D).
        Address for Receipt of Public Comments or Inquires: Individuals 
    wishing to comment on this matching program or obtain additional 
    information about the program, including requesting a copy of the 
    Computer Matching Agreement between DHS-USCIS and CA-DSS, may contact:
        For general questions please contact: Donald K. Hawkins (202-272-
    8000), Privacy Officer, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 
    Department of Homeland Security 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., 
    Washington, DC 20529.
        For privacy questions please contact: Jonathan R. Cantor (202-343-
    1717), Acting Chief Privacy Officer, Privacy Office Department of 
    Homeland Security Washington, DC 20528.
    
    Jonathan R. Cantor,
    Acting Chief Privacy Officer, Department of Homeland Security.
    [FR Doc. 2013-15355 Filed 6-26-13; 8:45 am]
    BILLING CODE 9111-97-P
    
    
    
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