Under Privacy Act, 1677 (a), States are prohibited from denying an individual any right, benefit, or privilege provided by law because of the individual’s refusal to disclose her or her Social Security Number unless disclosure is required by federal statue. A social security number is NOT required as a condition of eligibility for child care. Staff should continue to request a social security number and the client can voluntarily provide it. However staff must inform the client that disclosure of a social security number is strictly voluntary and will not affect their eligibility for child care assistance. Child care assistance cannot be denied or placed in pending status because of an individual’s failure or refusal to disclose his/ her SSN or the SSN for any household member, including children for whom benefits are requested.