Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program

CourtEducation Department
Citation87 FR 14844
Record Number2022-05516
Published date16 March 2022
Federal Register, Volume 87 Issue 51 (Wednesday, March 16, 2022)
[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 51 (Wednesday, March 16, 2022)]
                [Pages 14844-14845]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
                [FR Doc No: 2022-05516]
                [Docket ID ED-2022-FSA-0003]
                Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
                AGENCY: Federal Student Aid, Department of Education.
                ACTION: Notice of a new Computer Matching Agreement (CMA).
                SUMMARY: This document provides notice of a new CMA between the U.S.
                Department of Education (Department or ED) (recipient agency) and the
                Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
                Services (USCIS) (source agency). The current 18-month CMA was
                recertified for an additional 12 months on April 21, 2021, and will
                automatically expire on April 20, 2022.
                DATES: Submit your comments on the proposed CMA on or before April 15,
                 The CMA will be effective on the later of: (1) April 21, 2022, or
                (2) 30 days after the publication of this notice on March 16, 2022,
                unless comments have been received from interested members of the
                public requiring modification or republication of the notice.
                 The CMA will continue for 18 months after the effective date of the
                CMA and may be extended for an additional 12 months thereafter, if the
                respective Data Integrity Boards (DIBs) of ED and USCIS determine that
                the conditions specified in 5 U.S.C. 552a(o)(2)(D) have been met.
                ADDRESSES: Submit your comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal
                or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. We will not
                accept comments submitted by fax or by email or those submitted after
                the comment period. To ensure that we do not receive duplicate copies,
                please submit your comments only once. In addition, please include the
                Docket ID at the top of your comments.
                 Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to to
                submit your comments electronically. Information on using
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                submitting comments, and viewing the docket, is available on the site
                under the ``help'' tab.
                 Postal Mail, Commercial Delivery, or Hand Delivery:
                 If you mail or deliver your comments about this new CMA, address
                them to Gerard Duffey, Management and Program Analyst, Wanamaker
                Building, U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid, 100 Penn
                Square East, Suite 509.B10, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Telephone: (215)
                 Privacy Note: The Department's policy is to make all comments
                received from members of the public available for public viewing in
                their entirety on the Federal eRulemaking Portal at
       Therefore, commenters should be careful to include
                in their comments only information that they wish to make publicly
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gerard Duffey, Management and Program
                Analyst, Wanamaker Building, U.S. Department of Education, Federal
                Student Aid, 100 Penn Square East, Suite 509.B10, Philadelphia, PA
                19107. Telephone: (215) 656-3249.
                 If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text
                telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552a (commonly
                known as the Privacy Act of 1974); 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-108, notice is hereby provided of
                the re-establishment of the matching program between ED and USCIS,
                prior notice of which was published in the Federal Register on
                September 13, 2019 (84 FR 48333).
                Participating Agencies
                 ED and USCIS.
                Authority for Conducting the Matching Program
                 The information contained in the USCIS database is referred to as
                the Verification Information System (VIS), which is authorized by
                section 274A(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C.
                1324a(b). ED seeks access to the VIS for the purpose of confirming the
                immigration status of applicants for assistance, as authorized by
                section 484(g) of the HEA, 20 U.S.C. 1091(g), and consistent with the
                title IV student eligibility requirements of section 484(a)(5) of the
                HEA, 20 U.S.C. 1091(a)(5). USCIS is authorized to participate in this
                immigration status verification by section 103 of the Immigration and
                Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. 1103.
                 The purpose of this matching program entitled ``DHS-USCIS and the
                Department of Education Immigration Status Verification'' is to permit
                ED to confirm the immigration status of alien applicants for, or
                recipients of, financial assistance under title IV of the Higher
                Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), as authorized by section
                484(g) of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1091(g)). The title IV, HEA programs that
                are covered by the agreement include: The Federal Pell Grant Program,
                the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education
                (TEACH) Grant Program, the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant Program,
                the Federal Perkins Loan Program, the Federal Work-Study Program, the
                Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program, and the
                William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program.
                Categories of Individuals
                 The individuals included in this matching program are those who
                provide an Alien Registration Number (ARN) (also referred to as A-
                number or USCIS number) when completing the Free Application for
                Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have indicated that they are an
                ``eligible noncitizen'' to determine their eligibility for title IV,
                HEA program assistance.
                Categories of Records
                 ED will provide to the DHS the ARN, Social Security number, first
                and last name, and date of birth of each applicant for financial
                assistance under title IV of the HEA who indicates that they are an
                ``eligible noncitizen'' and have provided their ARN in his or her
                application for financial assistance under title IV of the HEA.
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                System(s) of Records
                 ED system of Records: Federal Student Aid Application File (18-11-
                01), (76 FR 46774). DHS-USCIS system of records: Systematic Alien
                Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) System of Records, (81 FR 78619).
                 Accessible Format: On request to the program contact person listed
                under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, individuals with disabilities
                can obtain this document in an accessible format. The Department will
                provide the requestor with an accessible format that may include Rich
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                Richard Cordray,
                Chief Operating Officer, Federal Student Aid.
                [FR Doc. 2022-05516 Filed 3-15-22; 8:45 am]
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