Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program, 37587-37588 [2017-17006]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 154 / Friday, August 11, 2017 / Notices CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS: CATEGORIES OF RECORDS: The categories of records involved in the matching program include, but are not limited to, a Lifeline applicant or subscriber’s full name; physical and mailing addresses; partial Social Security number or Tribal ID number; date of birth; qualifying person’s full name (if qualifying person is different from subscriber); qualifying person’s physical and mailing addresses; qualifying person’s partial Social Security number or Tribal ID number, and qualifying person’s date of birth. The National Verifier will transfer these data elements to the source agencies, which will respond either ‘‘yes’’ or ‘‘no’’ that the individual is enrolled in a Lifeline-qualifying assistance program. SYSTEM(S) OF RECORDS: The USAC records shared as part of this matching program reside in the Lifeline system of records, FCC/WCB–1, Lifeline Program, a notice of which the FCC published at 78 FR 73535 (Dec. 6, 2013). The FCC is in the process of publishing an update to this system of records that reflects the new uses involved in operating this matching program. Federal Communications Commission. Katura Jackson, Federal Register Liaison Officer, Office of the Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–16963 Filed 8–10–17; 8:45 am] asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 6712–01–P FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program Federal Communications Commission. ACTION: Notice of a new matching program. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:18 Aug 10, 2017 In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (‘‘Privacy Act’’), this notice announces the establishment of a computer matching program the Federal Communications Commission (‘‘FCC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’ or ‘‘Agency’’) and the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) will conduct with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The purpose of this matching program is to verify the eligibility of applicants to and subscribers of the Universal Service Fund (USF) Lifeline program, which is administered by USAC under the direction of the FCC. DATES: Written comments are due on or before September 11, 2017. This computer matching program will commence on September 11, 2017 unless comments are received that require a contrary determination. ADDRESSES: Send comments to Mr. Leslie F. Smith, Privacy Manager, Information Technology (IT), Room 1–C216, FCC, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554, or to Leslie.Smith@fcc.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Leslie F. Smith, (202) 418–0217, or Leslie.Smith@fcc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Lifeline program provides support for discounted broadband and voice services to low-income consumers. Lifeline is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under FCC direction. Consumers qualify for Lifeline through proof of income or participation in a qualifying program, such as Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), Federal Public Housing Assistance, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit. In a Report and Order adopted on March 31, 2016, the Commission ordered USAC to create a National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier (‘‘National Verifier’’), including the National Lifeline Eligibility Database (LED), that would match data about Lifeline applicants and subscribers with other data sources to verify the eligibility of an applicant or subscriber. The Commission found that the National Verifier would reduce compliance costs for Lifeline service providers, improve service for Lifeline subscribers, and reduce waste, fraud, and abuse in the program. SUMMARY: The categories of individuals whose information is involved in this matching program include, but are not limited to, those individuals (residing in a single household) who have applied for Lifeline benefits; are currently receiving Lifeline benefits; are individuals who enable another individual in their household to qualify for Lifeline benefits; are minors whose status qualifies a parent or guardian for Lifeline benefits; are individuals who have received Lifeline benefits; or are individuals acting on behalf of an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) who have enrolled individuals in the Lifeline program. Jkt 241001 PARTICIPATING AGENCY: The Department of Housing and Urban Development—Enterprise Income Verification System (EIV) (HUD/PIH– 05), Inventory Management System PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 37587 (IMS/PIC) (HUD/PIH–01), and Tenant Rental Assistance Certification Systems (TRACS) (HUD/H–11); AUTHORITY FOR CONDUCTING THE MATCHING PROGRAM: 47 U.S.C. 254; 47 CFR 54.400 et seq.; Lifeline and Link Up Reform and Modernization, et al., Third Report and Order, Further Report and Order, and Order on Reconsideration, 31 FCC Rcd 3962, 4006–21, paras. 126–66 (2016) (2016 Lifeline Modernization Order). PURPOSE(S): In the 2016 Lifeline Modernization Order, the FCC required USAC to develop and operate a National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier (National Verifier) to improve efficiency and reduce waste, fraud, and abuse in the Lifeline program. The stated purpose of the National Verifier is ‘‘to increase the integrity and improve the performance of the Lifeline program for the benefit of a variety of Lifeline participants, including Lifeline providers, subscribers, states, community-based organizations, USAC, and the Commission.’’ 31 FCC Rcd 3962, 4006, para. 126. To help determine whether Lifeline applicants and subscribers are eligible for Lifeline benefits, the Order contemplates that a USAC-operated Lifeline Eligibility Database (LED) will communicate with information systems and databases operated by other Federal and State agencies. Id. at 4011–2, paras. 135–7. CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS: The categories of individuals whose information is involved in this matching program include, but are not limited to, those individuals (residing in a single household) who have applied for Lifeline benefits; are currently receiving Lifeline benefits; are individuals who enable another individual in their household to qualify for Lifeline benefits; are minors whose status qualifies a parent or guardian for Lifeline benefits; are individuals who have received Lifeline benefits; or are individuals acting on behalf of an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) who have enrolled individuals in the Lifeline program. CATEGORIES OF RECORDS: The categories of records involved in the matching program include, but are not limited to, a Lifeline applicant or subscriber’s full name; physical and mailing addresses; partial Social Security number or Tribal ID number; date of birth; qualifying person’s full name (if qualifying person is different from subscriber); qualifying person’s physical and mailing addresses; E:\FR\FM\11AUN1.SGM 11AUN1 37588 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 154 / Friday, August 11, 2017 / Notices qualifying person’s partial Social Security number or Tribal ID number, and qualifying person’s date of birth. The National Verifier will transfer these data elements to the source agencies, which will respond either ‘‘yes’’ or ‘‘no’’ that the individual is enrolled in a Lifeline-qualifying assistance program. SYSTEM(S) OF RECORDS: The USAC records shared as part of this matching program reside in the Lifeline system of records, FCC/WCB–1, Lifeline Program, a notice of which the FCC published at 78 FR 73535 (Dec. 6, 2013). The FCC is in the process of publishing an update to this system of records that reflects the new uses involved in operating this matching program. Federal Communications Commission. Katura Jackson, Federal Register Liaison Officer, Office of the Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–17006 Filed 8–10–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION [OMB 3060–0812] Information Collection Being Reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission Federal Communications Commission. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens, and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the Commission) invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the following information collection. Comments are requested concerning: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information shall have practical utility; the accuracy of the Commission’s burden estimate; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and ways to further reduce the information collection burden on small business concerns with fewer than 25 employees. The FCC may not conduct or sponsor a asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:18 Aug 10, 2017 Jkt 241001 collection of information unless it displays a currently valid control number. No person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information subject to the PRA that does not display a valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. DATES: Written PRA comments should be submitted on or before October 10, 2017. If you anticipate that you will be submitting comments, but find it difficult to do so within the period of time allowed by this notice, you should advise the contact listed below as soon as possible. ADDRESSES: Direct all PRA comments to Nicole Ongele, FCC, via email PRA@ fcc.gov and to Nicole.Ongele@fcc.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information about the information collection, contact Nicole Ongele at (202) 418–2991. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens, and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501–3520), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the following information collections. Comments are requested concerning: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information shall have practical utility; the accuracy of the Commission’s burden estimate; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and ways to further reduce the information collection burden on small business concerns with fewer than 25 employees. OMB Control Number: 3060–0812. Title: Regulatory Fee True-Up, Waiver or Exemption. Form Number: N/A. Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection. Respondents: Business or other forprofit and Not-for-profit institutions. Number of Respondents and Responses: 19,674 respondents and 19,774 responses. Estimated Time per Response: 0.25 hour–1 hour. Frequency of Response: Annual, on occasion and one-time reporting requirements; recordkeeping requirement. PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. Statutory authority for this information collection is contained in 47 U.S.C. 158 and 47 U.S.C. 159, Sections 4(i), 4(j) 8,9, and 303(r) of the Communications Act, as amended. Total Annual Burden: 10,016 hours. Total Annual Cost: No Cost. Privacy Act Impact Assessment: No impact(s). Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: Licensees or regulatees concerned about disclosure of sensitive information in any submissions to the Commission may request confidential treatment pursuant to 47 CFR 0.459 of the Commission’s rules. Needs and Uses: The Commission will submit this information collection to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) after this 60-day comment period in order to obtain the full three-year clearance from them. This information collection consolidates and revises the currently approved information collection requirements under OMB Control Numbers 3060–0655 and 3060–1064 into 3060–0812. The Commission provides broadcast licensees and commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) licensees with a ‘‘trueup’’ opportunity to update or otherwise correct their assessed fee amounts well before the actual due date for payment of regulatory fees. Providing a ‘‘true-up’’ opportunity is necessary because the data sources that are used to generate the fee assessments are subject to change at time of transfer or assignment of the license. The ‘‘true-up’’ is also an opportunity for regulatees to correct inaccuracies. Per 47 CFR 1.1119 and 1.1166, the FCC may, upon a properly submitted written request, waive or defer collection of an application fee or waive, reduce, or defer payment of a regulatory fee in a specific instance for good cause shown where such action would promote the public interest. When submitting the request, no specific form is required. FCC requires that when licensees or regulates request exemption from regulatory fees based on their non-profit status, they must file a one-time documentation sufficient to establish their non-profit status. The documentation may take the form of an IRS Determination Letter, a state charter indicating non-profit status, proof of church affiliation indicating tax exempt status, etc. E:\FR\FM\11AUN1.SGM 11AUN1

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION


Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Notice of a new matching program.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended 
(``Privacy Act''), this notice announces the establishment of a 
computer matching program the Federal Communications Commission 
(``FCC'' or ``Commission'' or ``Agency'') and the Universal Service 
Administrative Company (USAC) will conduct with the Department of 
Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The purpose of this matching 
program is to verify the eligibility of applicants to and subscribers 
of the Universal Service Fund (USF) Lifeline program, which is 
administered by USAC under the direction of the FCC.

DATES: Written comments are due on or before September 11, 2017. This 
computer matching program will commence on September 11, 2017 unless 
comments are received that require a contrary determination.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to Mr. Leslie F. Smith, Privacy Manager, 
Information Technology (IT), Room 1-C216, FCC, 445 12th Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20554, or to Leslie.Smith@fcc.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Leslie F. Smith, (202) 418-0217, 
or Leslie.Smith@fcc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Lifeline program provides support for 
discounted broadband and voice services to low-income consumers. 
Lifeline is administered by the Universal Service Administrative 
Company (USAC) under FCC direction. Consumers qualify for Lifeline 
through proof of income or participation in a qualifying program, such 
as Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), 
Federal Public Housing Assistance, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), 
or Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit. In a Report and Order 
adopted on March 31, 2016, the Commission ordered USAC to create a 
National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier (``National Verifier''), 
including the National Lifeline Eligibility Database (LED), that would 
match data about Lifeline applicants and subscribers with other data 
sources to verify the eligibility of an applicant or subscriber. The 
Commission found that the National Verifier would reduce compliance 
costs for Lifeline service providers, improve service for Lifeline 
subscribers, and reduce waste, fraud, and abuse in the program.

PARTICIPATING AGENCY:
    The Department of Housing and Urban Development--Enterprise Income 
Verification System (EIV) (HUD/PIH-05), Inventory Management System 
(IMS/PIC) (HUD/PIH-01), and Tenant Rental Assistance Certification 
Systems (TRACS) (HUD/H-11);

AUTHORITY FOR CONDUCTING THE MATCHING PROGRAM:
    47 U.S.C. 254; 47 CFR 54.400 et seq.; Lifeline and Link Up Reform 
and Modernization, et al., Third Report and Order, Further Report and 
Order, and Order on Reconsideration, 31 FCC Rcd 3962, 4006-21, paras. 
126-66 (2016) (2016 Lifeline Modernization Order).

PURPOSE(S):
    In the 2016 Lifeline Modernization Order, the FCC required USAC to 
develop and operate a National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier (National 
Verifier) to improve efficiency and reduce waste, fraud, and abuse in 
the Lifeline program. The stated purpose of the National Verifier is 
``to increase the integrity and improve the performance of the Lifeline 
program for the benefit of a variety of Lifeline participants, 
including Lifeline providers, subscribers, states, community-based 
organizations, USAC, and the Commission.'' 31 FCC Rcd 3962, 4006, para. 
126. To help determine whether Lifeline applicants and subscribers are 
eligible for Lifeline benefits, the Order contemplates that a USAC-
operated Lifeline Eligibility Database (LED) will communicate with 
information systems and databases operated by other Federal and State 
agencies. Id. at 4011-2, paras. 135-7.

CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS:
    The categories of individuals whose information is involved in this 
matching program include, but are not limited to, those individuals 
(residing in a single household) who have applied for Lifeline 
benefits; are currently receiving Lifeline benefits; are individuals 
who enable another individual in their household to qualify for 
Lifeline benefits; are minors whose status qualifies a parent or 
guardian for Lifeline benefits; are individuals who have received 
Lifeline benefits; or are individuals acting on behalf of an eligible 
telecommunications carrier (ETC) who have enrolled individuals in the 
Lifeline program.

CATEGORIES OF RECORDS:
    The categories of records involved in the matching program include, 
but are not limited to, a Lifeline applicant or subscriber's full name; 
physical and mailing addresses; partial Social Security number or 
Tribal ID number; date of birth; qualifying person's full name (if 
qualifying person is different from subscriber); qualifying person's 
physical and mailing addresses;

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qualifying person's partial Social Security number or Tribal ID number, 
and qualifying person's date of birth. The National Verifier will 
transfer these data elements to the source agencies, which will respond 
either ``yes'' or ``no'' that the individual is enrolled in a Lifeline-
qualifying assistance program.

SYSTEM(S) OF RECORDS:
    The USAC records shared as part of this matching program reside in 
the Lifeline system of records, FCC/WCB-1, Lifeline Program, a notice 
of which the FCC published at 78 FR 73535 (Dec. 6, 2013). The FCC is in 
the process of publishing an update to this system of records that 
reflects the new uses involved in operating this matching program.

Federal Communications Commission.
Katura Jackson,
Federal Register Liaison Officer, Office of the Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2017-17006 Filed 8-10-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 6712-01-P