The notes relating to approved computer synchronization agreements published in the Federal Register are listed below: The Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988 (Act), Pub.L.100-503, amends the Privacy Act of 1974 and establishes procedural safeguards affecting the use by authorities of privacy records in the implementation of certain types of computerized comparison programs. The law regulates the use of computer comparison by federal authorities that include personally identifiable records kept in a system of records subject to the Data Protection Act. The law requires agencies to enter into written agreements setting out the conditions under which the games are to be held. The Act applies to the computerized comparison of two or more automated registration systems (or federal personnel or payroll systems) between federal authorities or between a federal authority and a non-federal authority. Computer match programs are more often referred to as computer match chords or CMA. In accordance with 5 U.S.C§ 552 bis (o), all data sets contained in a registration system may only be transmitted to a receiving agency or to a non-federal agency for use in a computer comparison program, in accordance with a computer comparison agreement (CMA) between the source agency and the receiving agency or non-federal authority. A CMA is a written agreement between the source agency and the receiving (or non-federal) agency that defines the terms of the matching program. The COMPUTER reconciliation rules of the Data Protection Act apply to a wide range of IT reconciliation activities carried out by federal authorities for the purpose of establishing or verifying the merits or compliance with respect to benefits in cash or in kind or payments made under federal benefit programs. An agreement between the Ministry of Finance and another federal or non-federal authority can last up to 18 months and be extended for a further 12 months. Under the Data Protection Act of 1974, a computer comparison program is required for any computerized comparison of two or more automated registration systems or a non-federal registration system, in order to determine or verify the validity of or compliance with cash or in-kind benefits or payments made under federal benefit programs. The department requires that CMAs be developed and approved for each matching program in accordance with the law. Circular A-108, Section 14 of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), requires agencies to send it an annual matching activity report to the OMB.

The department reports annually to OMB on its matching activities. . . .