Each month, DHS sends SSA lists of individuals who were deported or removed from the
United States during the previous month. The identifying data supplied by DHS is matched
against the SSA numident and alphadent files to determine if the deportee has an SSN
or to verify that the SSN provided by DHS is correct. If an SSN is found (or the SSN
from DHS is verified), SSA enters the DHS removal data onto the Disability, Railroad,
Alien and Military Service (DRAMS) file. The DRAMS data is then matched against the
SSR. If DRAMS deportation/removal data applies to an SVB beneficiary currently receiving
benefits, or to one whose benefits have been suspended or stopped, notice of the removal
will be sent by Central Office to the CPS having SVB jurisdiction.
Currently, data matches involving DHS reports of deportation or removal are handled
manually by SSA and are not subject to the provisions of the Computer Matching Privacy
Protection Act of 1988 as explained in VB 01501.013. Nevertheless, SSA will attempt to independently verify/confirm the DHS report of
deportation or removal from the United States.