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Proposed Rule

Disclosure and Amendment of Records Pertaining to Individuals Under the Privacy Act

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AGENCY:

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

ACTION:

Proposed rule.

SUMMARY:

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation is proposing to amend its regulations implementing the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, to exempt certain records that will be maintained in a system of records entitled “PBGC-12, Personnel Security Investigation Records—PBGC,” from the access, contest, and certain other provisions of the Privacy Act. The amendment would protect the identity of a source who furnishes information in confidence to the PBGC for a background investigation on an individual who works, or who is being considered for work, for the PBGC as a contractor or as an employee of a contractor.

DATES:

Comments must be received by May 2, 2001.

ADDRESSES:

Comments may be mailed to the Office of the General Counsel, Suite 340, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, 1200 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20005-4026, or delivered to that address between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on business days. Comments also may be sent by Internet e-mail to reg.comments@pbgc.gov. Comments will be available for public inspection at the PBGC's Communications and Public Affairs Department, Suite 240 at the same address, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on business days.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

D. Bruce Campbell, Attorney, Office of the General Counsel, Suite 340, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, 1200 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20005-4026; 202-326-4020 (extension 3672). (For TTY/TDD users, call the federal relay service toll-free at 1-800-877-8339 and ask to be connected to 202-326-4020 (extension 3672).)

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The PBGC conducts background investigations and reinvestigations to establish that applicants for employment and employees are reliable, trustworthy, of good conduct and character, and loyal to the United States. The PBGC maintains records about these investigations in a system of records subject to the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (5 U.S.C. 552a) (“Privacy Act”), entitled “PBGC-12, Personnel Security Investigation Records—PBGC”. The PBGC's regulations implementing the Privacy Act exempt under 5 U.S.C. 552a(k)(5) certain records maintained in PBGC-12 from the access, contest, and certain other provisions of the Privacy Act (29 CFR 4902.9).

The PBGC is expanding its use of background investigations and reinvestigations to cover individuals who work, or who are being considered for work, for the PBGC as contractors or as employees of contractors. To reflect the change, the PBGC is proposing to alter PBGC-12 by revising it to include records pertaining to individuals who work, or who are being considered for work, for the PBGC as contractors or as employees of contractors. (The PBGC's notice of an altered system of records appears elsewhere in today's Federal Register.) The PBGC is proposing to amend § 4902.9 to exempt certain records pertaining to individuals who work, or who are being considered for work, for the PBGC as contractors or as Start Printed Page 17519employees of contractors from the access, contest, and certain other provisions of the Privacy Act. The amendment would protect the identity of a source who furnishes information to PBGC in confidence for a background investigation of such an individual.

Compliance With Rulemaking Guidelines

The PBGC has determined that this action is not a “significant regulatory action” under the criteria set forth in Executive Order 12866.

The PBGC certifies under section 605(b) of the Regulatory Flexibility Act that the proposed rule, if adopted, would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The rule would only affect the maintenance and disclosure of information about individuals by the PBGC under the Privacy Act and therefore would ordinarily be expected to have no economic impact on entities of any size. Accordingly, sections 603 and 604 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act do not apply.

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List of Subjects in 29 CFR Part 4902

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For the reasons set forth above, the PBGC is proposing to amend 29 CFR Part 4902 as follows:

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PART 4902—DISCLOSURE AND AMENDMENT OF RECORDS PERTAINING TO INDIVIDUALS UNDER THE PRIVACY ACT

1. The authority citation for Part 4902 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552a.

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2. Paragraph (b) of § 4902.9 is amended by removing the words “for PBGC employment,” and adding in their place the words “for PBGC employment or for work for the PBGC as a contractor or as an employee of a contractor,”.

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Issued in Washington, DC, this 28th day of March, 2001.

John Seal,

Acting Executive Director, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

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[FR Doc. 01-8056 Filed 3-30-01; 8:45 am]

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