The Privacy Act as amended by the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of
1988 (CMPPA) requires that SSA must independently verify all data obtained through
a computer match before taking any adverse action against an individual based on the
information provided by a computer match, unless an exception exists.
The following are exceptions to the CMPPA and independent verification is not necessary
per SI 02310.005C.1.:
(NOTE: A Notice of Planned Action is still required to advise the beneficiary (unless legally
incompetent) and payee of the adverse computer match data.)
When the information is limited to the identification and amount of benefits paid
under a Federal benefit program and there is a high degree of confidence that the
information provided in the computer match is accurate. The VA, RRB and OPM matches
meet these criteria; or
The information was provided from an interface with other files maintained by SSA
(the master beneficiary record and master earnings file).