M.G.L.c. 62E, §3 - Wage Reporting and Financial Institution Match System; Inter-agency Agreements

The commissioner is hereby authorized and directed to design, develop, implement and operate a wage reporting and financial institution match system (1) for the purpose of verifying financial eligibility of participants in entitlement programs of the commonwealth or any political subdivision thereof or their respective agencies, including the secretary of communities and development, local administering agencies and local housing authorities; and including the division of health care finance and policy with respect to payments for free care services made from the uncompensated care pool pursuant to chapter 118G; (2) for purposes of verifying the eligibility of employees of the commonwealth or any political subdivision thereof or their respective agencies for workers' compensation benefits; and (3) for purposes of administering the tax laws and the child support enforcement program of the commonwealth.

The commissioner may, with the approval of the secretary of the executive office of administration and finance, adopt regulations which shall include other programs in said system; provided, however, that the commissioner shall submit such proposed regulations to the house and senate committees on ways and means not less than sixty days before filing the final regulations with the state secretary.

The commissioner is hereby further authorized and directed to enter into such inter-agency agreements with other agencies of the commonwealth as said commissioner deems are necessary to facilitate the implementation and utilization of the reporting system.

Such written agreements shall include provisions requiring such agencies, their subgrantees, or local administering agencies, including local housing authorities, to provide at a date specified by the commissioner a list of persons receiving benefits from such programs. Information in such lists shall include the recipient's name, social security number and other data required to assure positive identification.

Such information shall be utilized in the reporting system as a post audit mechanism for the purpose of verifying eligibility and detecting and preventing fraud, error and abuse in said programs, or additional programs, included by the commissioner of administration. Said agencies, their subgrantees, or local administering agencies, including local housing authorities, are hereby authorized and directed to obtain and provide to the commissioner of revenue the information requested for the purposes of this reporting system.