PT-8: Computer Matching Requirements

CSF v2.0 References:


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  • Moderate


  • High


  • Privacy
    • PT-8
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Control is new to this version of the control set.

Control Statement

When a system or organization processes information for the purpose of conducting a matching program:

  1. Obtain approval from the Data Integrity Board to conduct the matching program;
  2. Develop and enter into a computer matching agreement;
  3. Publish a matching notice in the Federal Register;
  4. Independently verify the information produced by the matching program before taking adverse action against an individual, if required; and
  5. Provide individuals with notice and an opportunity to contest the findings before taking adverse action against an individual.

Supplemental Guidance

The PRIVACT establishes requirements for federal and non-federal agencies if they engage in a matching program. In general, a matching program is a computerized comparison of records from two or more automated PRIVACT systems of records or an automated system of records and automated records maintained by a non-federal agency (or agent thereof). A matching program either pertains to federal benefit programs or federal personnel or payroll records. A federal benefit match is performed to determine or verify eligibility for payments under federal benefit programs or to recoup payments or delinquent debts under federal benefit programs. A matching program involves not just the matching activity itself but also the investigative follow-up and ultimate action, if any.