50A.25.060  <<  50A.25.070 >>   50A.25.080

Data-sharing contractsWhen authorizedDisclosure to state or local government agencies.

(1) The department may enter into data-sharing contracts and may disclose records and information deemed confidential to state or local government agencies under this chapter only if permitted under subsection (2) of this section and RCW 50A.25.090. A state or local government agency must need the records or information for an official purpose and must also provide:
(a) An application in writing to the department for the records or information containing a statement of the official purposes for which the state or local government agency needs the information or records and specifically identify the records or information sought from the department; and
(b) A written verification of the need for the specific information from the director, commissioner, chief executive, or other official of the requesting state or local government agency either on the application or on a separate document.
(2) The department may disclose information or records deemed confidential under this chapter to the following state or local government agencies:
(a) To the department of social and health services to identify child support obligations as defined in RCW 50A.15.080 and for the purposes of administering the department's responsibilities under Title 50B RCW;
(b) To the department of revenue to determine potential tax liability or employer compliance with registration and licensing requirements;
(c) To the department of labor and industries to compare records or information to detect improper or fraudulent claims;
(d) To the office of financial management for the purpose of conducting periodic salary or fringe benefit studies pursuant to law or for the actuarial services created under chapter 233, Laws of 2022;
(e) To the office of the state treasurer and any financial or banking institutions deemed necessary by the office of the state treasurer and the department for the proper administration of funds;
(f) To the office of the attorney general for purposes of legal representation;
(g) To a county clerk for the purpose of RCW 9.94A.760 if requested by the county clerk's office;
(h) To the office of administrative hearings for the purpose of administering the administrative appeal process;
(i) To the department of enterprise services for the purpose of agency administration and operations;
(j) To the consolidated technology services agency for the purpose of enterprise technology support; and
(k) To the health care authority and the office of the state actuary for the purposes of administering the department's responsibilities under Title 50B RCW;
(l) To the office of the state actuary for the purpose of performing actuarial services to assess the financial stability and solvency of the family and medical leave program, and specifically the family and medical leave insurance account created in RCW 50A.05.070; and
(m) To the joint legislative audit and review committee, in accordance with RCW 44.28.110, for the purpose of conducting performance audits.
(3) The department may also enter into data-sharing agreements with other state or local government agencies solely for the purposes of program evaluation under this title or Title 50B RCW.

NOTES:

Reviser's note: This section was amended by 2022 c 18 § 2 and by 2022 c 233 § 10, each without reference to the other. Both amendments are incorporated in the publication of this section under RCW 1.12.025(2). For rule of construction, see RCW 1.12.025(1).
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