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Privacy Act of 1974; Report of New System

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AGENCY:

Health Care Financing, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration (HCFA).

ACTION:

Notice of New System of Records.

SUMMARY:

In accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974, we are proposing to establish a new system of records, “Record of Individuals Allowed Regular and Special Parking Privileges at the HCFA Building (PRKG), HHS/HCFA/OICS, System No. 09-70-3004.” PRKG will be used as part of our building security plan. All Federal employees will be issued parking permits by HCFA to provide regular or special parking based on specific needs.

The primary purpose of the system of records is to issue parking permits for the HCFA complex at 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland. Information retrieved from this system of records will also be used to support regulatory and policy activities performed within the agency or by a contractor or consultant; support constituent requests made to a Congressional representative; and to support litigation involving the agency related to this system of records. We have provided background information about the proposed system in the “Supplementary Information” section below. Although the Privacy Act requires only that HCFA provide an opportunity for interested persons to comment on the proposed routine uses, HCFA invites comments on all portions of this notice. See “Effective Dates” section for comment period.

EFFECTIVE DATES:

HCFA filed a new system report with the Chair of the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, the Chair of the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, and the Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on September 20, 2000. To ensure that all parties have adequate time in which to comment, the new system of records, including routine uses, will become effective 40 days from the publication of the notice, or from the date it was submitted to OMB and the Congress, whichever is later, unless HCFA receives comments that require alterations to this notice.

ADDRESSES:

The public should address comments to: Director, Division of Data Liaison and Distribution (DDLD), HCFA, Room N2-04-27, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850. Comments received will be available for review at this location, by appointment, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., eastern time zone.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Kris Zaruba, Division of Facilities Management Services, Administrative Services Group, Office of Internal Customer Support, HCFA, 7500 Security Boulevard, SLL-11-08, Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850. The telephone number is 410-786-0837.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Description of the New System of Records

Statutory and Regulatory Basis for System of Records

HCFA proposes a new system of records collecting data under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 301.

II. Collection and Maintenance of Data in the System.

A. Scope of the Data Collected

The collected information on all HCFA employees and non-HCFA employees who require parking privileges at HCFA buildings, will contain name, social security number, parking permit number, telephone number, work location, position, title and grade, supervisor's name and telephone number and background information relating to medical or specific parking needs.

B. Agency Policies, Procedures, and Restrictions on the Routine Use

The Privacy Act permits disclosure of information without an individual's consent if the information is to be used for a purpose, which is compatible with the purpose(s) for which the information was collected. Any such disclosure of data is known as a “routine use.” The government will only release PRKG information as provided for under “Section III. Entities Who May Receive Disclosures Under Routine Use.”

We will only disclose the minimum personal data necessary to achieve the purpose of PRKG. HCFA has the following policies and procedures concerning disclosures of information, which will be maintained in the system. In general, disclosure of information from the system of records will be approved only to the extent necessary to accomplish the purpose of the disclosure and only after HCFA:

(a) Determines that the use or disclosure is consistent with the reason data is being collected; e.g., implements the regulations and directives that established that Federal workers and other authorized personnel will be issued parking permits for the HCFA complex.

(b) Determines:

(1) That the purpose for which the disclosure is to be made can only be accomplished if the record is provided in individually identifiable form;

(2) That the purpose for which the disclosure is to be made is of sufficient importance to warrant the effect and/or risk on the privacy of the individual that additional exposure of the record might bring; and

(3) That there is a strong probability that the proposed use of the data would in fact accomplish the stated purpose(s).

(c) Requires the information recipient to:

(1) Establish administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to prevent unauthorized use of disclosure of the record;

(2) Remove or destroy at the earliest time all individually-identifiable information; and

(3) Agree to not use or disclose the information for any purpose other than the stated purpose under which the information was disclosed.

(d) Determines that the data are valid and reliable.

III. Proposed Routine Use Disclosures of Data in the System

Entities Who May Receive Disclosures Under Routine Use

The routine use disclosures in this system may occur only to the following Start Printed Page 59194three (3) categories of entities (i.e., the entities, which can get identifiable data only if we apply the policies and procedures in Section II.B. above). Disclosures may be made:

1. To agency contractors, or consultants who have been engaged by the agency to assist in the performance of a service related to this system of records and who need to have access to the records in order to perform the activity.

We contemplate disclosing information under this routine use only in situations in which HCFA may enter into a contract or similar agreement with a third party to assist in accomplishing HCFA activities relating to purposes for this system of records.

HCFA occasionally contracts out certain of its activities when this would contribute to effective and efficient operations. HCFA must be able to give a contractor or consultant whatever information is necessary for the contractor or consultant to fulfill its duties. In these situations, safeguards are provided in the contract prohibiting the contractor or consultant from using or disclosing the information for any purpose other than that described in the contract and to return or destroy all information at the completion of the contract.

2. To a member of Congress or to a Congressional staff member in response to an inquiry of the Congressional Office made at the written request of the constituent about whom the record is maintained.

Constituents may request the help of a Member of Congress in resolving some issue relating to a matter before HCFA. The Member of Congress then writes HCFA, and HCFA must be able to give sufficient information to be responsive to the inquiry.

3. To the Department of Justice (DOJ), court or adjudicatory body when:

(a) The agency or any component thereof, or

(b) Any employee of the agency in his or her official capacity, or

(c) Any employee of the agency in his or her individual capacity where the DOJ has agreed to represent the employee, or

(d) The United States Government is a party to litigation or has an interest in such litigation, and by careful review, HCFA determines that the records are both relevant and necessary to the litigation.

Whenever HCFA is involved in litigation, or occasionally when another party is involved in litigation and HCFA's policies or operations could be affected by the outcome of the litigation, HCFA would be able to disclose information to the DOJ, court or adjudicatory body involved. A determination would be made in each instance that, under the circumstances involved, the records are both relevant and necessary to the litigation.

IV. Safeguards

A. Authorized Users

Personnel having access to the system have been trained in Privacy Act requirements. Employees who maintain records in the system are instructed not to release any data until the intended recipient agrees to implement appropriate administrative, technical, procedural, and physical safeguards sufficient to protect the confidentiality of the data and to prevent unauthorized access to the data. Records are used in a designated work area or workstation and the system location is attended at all times during working hours.

To ensure security of the data, the proper level of class user is assigned for each individual user. This prevents unauthorized users from accessing and modifying critical data. The system database configuration includes five classes of database users:

  • Database Administrator class owns the database objects; e.g., tables, triggers, indexes, stored procedures, packages, and has database administration privileges to these objects;
  • Quality Control Administrator class has read and write access to key fields in the database;
  • Quality Indicator Report Generator class has read-only access to all fields and tables;
  • Policy Research class has query access to tables, but are not allowed to access confidential patient identification information; and
  • Submitter class has read and write access to database objects, but no database administration privileges.

B. Physical Safeguards

All server sites have implemented the following minimum requirements to assist in reducing the exposure of computer equipment and thus achieve an optimum level of protection and security for the PRKG system:

Access to all servers is controlled, with access limited to only those support personnel with a demonstrated need for access. Servers are to be kept in a locked room accessible only by specified management and system support personnel. Each server requires a specific log-on process. All entrance doors are identified and marked. A log is kept of all personnel who were issued a security card, key and/or combination, which grants access to the room housing the server, and all visitors are escorted while in this room. All servers are housed in an area where appropriate environmental security controls are implemented, which include measures implemented to mitigate damage to Automated Information System (AIS) resources caused by fire, electricity, water and inadequate climate controls.

Protection applied to the workstations, servers and databases include:

  • User Log-on—Authentication is performed by the Primary Domain Controller/Backup Domain Controller of the log-on domain.
  • Workstation Names—Workstation naming conventions may be defined and implemented at the agency level.
  • Hours of Operation—May be restricted by Windows NT. When activated all applicable processes will automatically shut down at a specific time and not be permitted to resume until the predetermined time. The appropriate hours of operation are determined and implemented at the agency level.
  • Inactivity Log-out—Access to the NT workstation is automatically logged out after a specified period of inactivity.
  • Warnings—Legal notices and security warnings display on all servers and workstations.
  • Remote Access Services (RAS)—Windows NT RAS security handles resource access control. Access to NT resources is controlled for remote users in the same manner as local users, by utilizing Windows NT file and sharing permissions. Dial-in access can be granted or restricted on a user-by-user basis through the Windows NT RAS administration tool.

There are several levels of security found in the PRKG system. Windows NT provides much of the overall system security. The Windows NT security model is designed to meet the C2-level criteria as defined by the U.S. Department of Defense's Trusted Computer System Evaluation Criteria document (DoD 5200.28-STD, December 1985). Netscape Enterprise Server is the security mechanism for all PRKG transmission connections to the system. As a result, Netscape controls all PRKG information access requests. Anti-virus software is applied at both the workstation and NT server levels.

Access to different areas on the Windows NT server are maintained through the use of file, directory and share level permissions. These different levels of access control provide security that is managed at the user and group level within the NT domain. The file and directory level access controls rely on the presence of an NT File System Start Printed Page 59195(NTFS) hard drive partition. This provides the most robust security and is tied directly to the file system. Windows NT security is applied at both the workstation and NT server levels.

C. Procedural Safeguards

All automated systems must comply with Federal laws, guidance, and policies for information systems security. These include, but are not limited to: the Privacy Act of 1974; the Computer Security Act of 1987; OMB Circular A-130, revised; HHS, Information Resource Management (IRM) Circular #10; HHS Automated Information Systems Security Program; the HCFA Information Systems Security Policy and Program Handbook; and other HCFA systems security policies. Each automated information system should ensure a level of security commensurate with the level of sensitivity of the data, risk, and magnitude of the harm that may result from the loss, misuse, disclosure, or modification of the information contained in the system.

V. Effect of the Proposed System of Records on Individual Rights

HCFA proposes to establish this system in accordance with the principles and requirements of the Privacy Act and will collect, use, and disseminate information only as prescribed therein. Data in this system will be subject to the authorized releases in accordance with the routine uses identified in this system of records.

HCFA will monitor the collection and reporting of PRKG data. HCFA will take precautionary measures (see item IV. above) to minimize the risks of unauthorized access to the records and the potential harm to individual privacy or other personal or property rights. HCFA will collect only that information necessary to perform the system's activities. In addition, HCFA will make disclosure from the proposed system only with consent of the subject individual, or his/her legal representative, or in accordance with an applicable exception provision of the Privacy Act.

HCFA, therefore, does not anticipate an unfavorable effect on individual privacy as a result of maintaining this system.

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Dated: September 18, 2000.

Nancy-Ann Min DeParle,

Administrator, Health Care Financing Administration.

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09-70-3004

System Name:

Record of Individuals Allowed Regular and Special Parking Privileges at the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) Building (PRKG), HHS/HCFA/OICS.

Security Classification:

Level Three, Privacy Act Sensitive Data

System Location:

HCFA Data Center, 7500 Security Boulevard, North Building, and the Office of Internal Customer Support, South Building, Lower Level, Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850.

Categories of Individuals Covered by the System:

All Federal employees who require parking privileges at HCFA buildings.

Categories of Records in the System:

This system contains the collected information on all Federal employees at HCFA buildings, i.e., name, social security number, parking permit number, telephone number, work location, position, title and grade, supervisor's name and telephone number and background information relating to medical or specific parking needs.

Authority for Maintenance of the System:

5 U.S.C. 301.

Purpose (S) of the System:

The primary purpose of the system of records is to issue parking permits for the HCFA complex at 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland. Information retrieved from this system of records will also be used to support regulatory and policy activities performed within the agency or by a contractor or consultant; support constituent requests made to a Congressional representative; and to support litigation involving the agency related to this system of records.

Routine Uses of Records Maintained in the System, Including Categories or Users and the Purposes of Such Uses:

The Privacy Act permits disclosure of information without an individual's consent if the information is to be used for a purpose, which is compatible with the purpose(s) for which the information was collected. Any such compatible use of data is known as a “routine use”. We are proposing to disclose information from this system of records under the following routine uses. These routine uses are discussed in detail in the attached Preamble.

1. To agency contractors, or consultants who have been engaged by the agency to assist in the performance of a service related to this system of records and who need to have access to the records in order to perform the activity.

2. To a member of Congress or to a Congressional staff member in response to an inquiry of the Congressional Office made at the written request of the constituent about whom the record is maintained.

3. To the Department of Justice (DOJ), court or adjudicatory body when:

(a) The agency or any component thereof, or

(b) Any employee of the agency in his or her official capacity, or

(c) Any employee of the agency in his or her individual capacity where the DOJ has agreed to represent the employee, or

(d) The United States Government is a party to litigation or has an interest in such litigation, and by careful review, HCFA determines that the records are both relevant and necessary to the litigation.

Policies and Practices for Storing, Retrieving, Accessing, Retaining, and Disposing of Records in the System:

Storage:

Information is maintained on paper, computer diskette and on magnetic storage media.

Retrievability:

Name and parking permit identification number are used to retrieve the records.

Safeguards:

HCFA has safeguards for authorized users and monitors such users to ensure against excessive or unauthorized use. Personnel having access to the system have been trained in the Privacy Act and systems security requirements. Employees who maintain records in the system are instructed not to release any data until the intended recipient agrees to implement appropriate administrative, technical, procedural, and physical safeguards sufficient to protect the confidentiality of the data and to prevent unauthorized access to the data.

In addition, HCFA has physical safeguards in place to reduce the exposure of computer equipment and thus achieve an optimum level of protection and security for the PRKG system. For computerized records, Start Printed Page 59196safeguards have been established in accordance with HHS standards and National Institute of Standards and Technology guidelines; e.g., security codes will be used, limiting access to authorized personnel. System securities are established in accordance with HHS, Information Resource Management (IRM) Circular #10, Automated Information Systems Security Program; HCFA Automated Information Systems (AIS) Guide, Systems Securities Policies; and OMB Circular No. A-130 (revised), Appendix III.

Retention and Disposal:

All records are destroyed one year after parking privileges are terminated.

System Manager and Address:

Director, Division of Facilities Management Services, Administrative Services Group, Office of Internal Customer Support, HCFA, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland, 21244-1850.

Notification Procedure:

For purposes of access, the subject individual should write to the system manager who will require the system name, parking permit number, and for verification purposes, the subject individual's name (woman's maiden name, if applicable), address, date of birth, sex, and social security number (SSN) (furnishing the SSN is voluntary, but it may make searching for a record easier and prevent delay).

Record Access Procedure:

For purposes of access, use the same procedures outlined in Notification Procedures above. Requestors should also reasonably specify the record contents being sought. (These procedures are in accordance with Department regulation 45 CFR 5b.5(a)(2).)

Contesting Record Procedures:

The subject individual should contact the system manager named above, and reasonably identify the record and specify the information to be contested. State the corrective action sought and the reasons for the correction with supporting justification. (These procedures are in accordance with Department regulation 45 CFR 5b.7.)

Record Source Categories:

Sources of information contained in this records system are received from the individual requesting parking privileges on HCFA Form 182 04/99.

Systems Exempted from Certain Provisions of the Act:

None.

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