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Privacy Act of 1974; Implementation

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Department of Justice.


Proposed rule.


The Department of Justice currently exempts the following system of records from subsection (d) of the Privacy Act, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(j)(2): Controlled Substances Act Nonpublic Records (JUSTICE/JMD-002). This proposed rule makes changes to reflect the current statutory authority, as well as the primary reason for exempting the system.


Submit any comments by August 20, 2001.


Address all comments to Mary Cahill, Management and Planning Staff, Justice Management Division, Department of Justice, 1400 National Place Building, Washington, DC 20530.

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Mary Cahill, (202) 307-1823.

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The system notice for “Controlled Substances Act Nonpublic Records (JUSTICE/JMD-002)” is being published in full text in the Notice section of today's Federal Register.

This order relates to individuals rather than small business entities. Nevertheless, pursuant to the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601-612, this order will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

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List of Subjects in Part 16

  • Administrative practices and procedures
  • Courts
  • Freedom of Information Act
  • Privacy Act, and Government in Sunshine Act
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Pursuant to the authority vested in the Attorney General by 5 U.S.C. 552a and delegated to me by Attorney General Order No. 793-78, it is proposed to amend 28 CFR Part 16 as follows:

1. The authority for Part 16 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301, 552, 552a, 552b(g), 553; 18 U.S.C. 4203(a)(1); 28 U.S.C. 509, 510, 534; 31 U.S.C. 3717, 9701.

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2. It is proposed to amend § 16.76 by revising paragraph (b)(1) as follows:

Exemption of Justice Management Division.
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(b) Exemption from subsection (d) is justified for the following reasons:

(1) Access to and use of the nonpublic records maintained in this system are restricted by law. Section 3607(b) of Title 18 U.S.C. (enacted as part of the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984, Public Law 98-473, Chapter II) provides that the sole purpose of these records shall be for use by the courts in determining whether a person found guilty of Start Printed Page 37940violating section 404 of the Controlled Substances Act qualifies:

(i) For the disposition available under 18 U.S.C. 3607(a) to persons with no prior conviction under a Federal or State law relating to controlled substances, or

(ii) For an order, under 18 U.S.C. 3607(c), expunging all official records (except the nonpublic records to be retained by the Department of Justice) of the arrest and any subsequent criminal proceedings relating to the offense.

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Dated: July 13, 2001.

Janis A. Sposato,

Acting Assistant Attorney General for Administration.

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[FR Doc. 01-18155 Filed 7-19-01; 8:45 am]