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National Reconnaissance Office; Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records

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AGENCY:

National Reconnaissance Office, DOD.

ACTION:

Notice to Amend a System of Records.

SUMMARY:

The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is proposing to amend a system of records notice to its inventory of record systems subject to the Privacy Act of 1974, (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended. The amendment corrects an Start Printed Page 43238administrative oversight that occurred when on August 8, 2001, at 66 FR 41570, the NRO system of records notice QNRO-10, entitled ‘Inspector General Investigative Records’ was published without the text under the ‘Purpose:’ category. Therefore, the notice is being amended to include the text.

DATES:

This proposed action will be effective without further notice on September 17, 2001 unless comments are received which result in a contrary determination.

ADDRESSES:

National Reconnaissance Office, 14675 Lee Road, Chantilly, VA 20151-1715.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Barbara Freimann at (703) 808-5029.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The National Reconnaissance Office systems of records notices subject to the Privacy Act of 1974, (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended, have been published in the Federal Register and are available from the address above.

The specific changes to the records systems being amended are set forth below followed by the notice, as amended, published in its entirety. The proposed amendments are not within the purview of subsection (r) of the Privacy Act of 1974, (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended, which requires the submission of a new or altered system report.

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Dated: August 13, 2001.

L.M. Bynum,

Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.

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ONRO-10

System name:

Inspector General Investigative Records (August 8, 2001, 66 FR 41570).

Changes:

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Purpose(s):

Add to entry ‘Records are used to investigate allegations of misconduct or wrongdoing by NRO personnel related to violations of laws, rules, or regulations or to mismanagement, gross waste of funds, fraud or mismanagement on the part of persons assigned or detailed to the NRO, and to provide information to NRO management regarding personnel matters and for evaluating current and proposed programs, policies and activities, assignments, and requests for awards or promotions.

Records are used by the NRO Inspector General and his/her staff, the NRO Director, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Secretary of Defense to effect corrective personnel or other administrative action; to provide facts and evidence upon which to base prosecution; to provide information to other investigative elements of the Department of Defense, other Federal, State, or local agencies having jurisdiction over the substance of the allegations or a related investigative interest; to provide information upon which determinations may be made for individuals' suitability for various personnel actions including but not limited to retention, promotion, assignment, retirement in grade or selection for sensitive or critical positions in the Armed Forces or Federal service.'

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QNRO-10

System name:

Inspector General Investigative Records.

System location:

Office of the Inspector General, National Reconnaissance Office, 14675 Lee Road, Chantilly, VA 20151-1715.

Categories of individuals covered by the system:

Persons who are interviewed by or provide information to the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Office of Inspector General, and persons involved with or who have knowledge about a matter being investigated or reviewed by the Office of the Inspector General. These persons include NRO civilian and military personnel assigned or detailed to the NRO, persons with a contractual relationship with the NRO or who perform work under NRO contracts.

Categories of records in the system:

Reports of investigations, reports of interviews, signed statements, correspondence, government forms, internal NRO memoranda.

Authority for maintenance of the system:

National Security Act of 1947, as amended, 50 U.S.C. 401 et seq.; 5 U.S.C. 301, Departmental Regulations; NRO Directive 22-3A; E.O. 12333; E.O. 12958; E.O. 12968; and E.O. 9397 (SSN).

Purpose(s):

Records are used to investigate allegations of misconduct or wrongdoing by NRO personnel related to violations of laws, rules, or regulations or to mismanagement, gross waste of funds, fraud or mismanagement on the part of persons assigned or detailed to the NRO, and to provide information to NRO management regarding personnel matters and for evaluating current and proposed programs, policies and activities, assignments, and requests for awards or promotions.

Records are used by the NRO Inspector General and his/her staff, the NRO Director, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Secretary of Defense to effect corrective personnel or other administrative action; to provide facts and evidence upon which to base prosecution; to provide information to other investigative elements of the Department of Defense, other Federal, State, or local agencies having jurisdiction over the substance of the allegations or a related investigative interest; to provide information upon which determinations may be made for individuals' suitability for various personnel actions including but not limited to retention, promotion, assignment, retirement in grade or selection for sensitive or critical positions in the Armed Forces or Federal service.

Routine uses of records maintained in the system, including categories of users and the purposes of such uses:

In addition to those disclosures generally permitted under 5 U.S.C. 552a(b) of the Privacy Act, these records or information contained therein may specifically be disclosed outside the DoD as a routine use pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(3) as follows:

To appropriate officials within the Intelligence Community (Central Intelligence Agency, other Federal departments, agencies, inspectors generals and elements thereof) to the extent that the records concern NRO funds, personnel, property programs, operations, or contracts or when relevant to the official responsibilities of those organizations and entities; regarding personnel matters; and to evaluate current and proposed programs policies and activities, selected assignments and requests for awards or promotions.

To Federal, state, local, foreign or international agencies, or to an individual or organization, when necessary to elicit information relevant to an NRO Inspector General investigation, inquiry, decision or recommendation.

To the Department of Justice or any other agency responsible for representing NRO interests in connection with a judicial, administrative, or other proceeding.

To the Department of Justice or other Intelligence Community Inspector General or agency to the extent Start Printed Page 43239necessary to obtain information or advice on any matter relevant to an Office of Inspector General investigation;

To the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, and the Intelligence Oversight Board, and any successor organizations, when requested by those entities, or when the Inspector General determines that disclosure will assist in the performance of their oversight functions; and

The DoD “Blanket Routines Uses” published at the beginning of the NRO compilation of systems of records notices apply to this system.

Policies and practices for storing, retrieving, accessing, retaining, and disposing of records in the system;

Storage:

Paper files and automated information system, maintained in computers and computer output products.

Retrievability:

Name or Social Security Number.

Safeguards:

Records are stored in a secure, gated facility, guard, badge, and password access protected. Access to and use of these records are limited to the Inspector General staff whose official duties require such access.

Retention and disposal:

Records are permanently maintained by NRO.

System manager(s) and address:

Inspector General, National Reconnaissance Office, 14675 Lee Road, Chantilly, VA 20151-1715.

Notification procedure:

Individuals seeking to determine whether this system of records contains information about themselves should address written inquiries to the National Reconnaissance Office, Information Access and Release Center, 14675 Lee Road, Chantilly, VA 20151-1715.

Request should include the individual's full name and any aliases or nicknames, address, Social Security Number, current citizenship status, date and place of birth, and other information indentifiable from the record.

In addition, the requester must provide a notarized statement or an unsworn declaration made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. 1746, in the following format:

If executed without the United States: ‘I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty or perjury under the laws of the United States of America that are foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature)’

If executed within the United States, its territories, possessions, or commonwealths: ‘I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty or perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature)’

Record access procedures:

Individuals seeking to access information about themselves contained in this system should address written inquiries to the National Reconnaissance Office, Information Access and Release Center, 14675 Lee Road, Chantilly, VA 20151-1715.

Request should include the individual's full name, and any aliases or nicknames, address, Social Security Number, current citizenship status, date and place of birth, and other information identifiable from the record.

In addition, the requester must provide a notarized statement or an unsworn declaration made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. 1746, in the following format:

If executed without the United States: ‘I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature)’.

If executed within the United States, its territories, possessions, or commonwealths: ‘I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature)'.

Contesting record procedures:

The NRO rules for accessing records, for contesting contents and appealing initial agency determinations are published in NRO Directive 110-3A and NRO Instruction 110-5A; 32 CFR part 326; or may be obtained from the Privacy Act Coordinator, National Reconnaissance Office, 14675 Lee Road, Chantilly, VA 20151-1715.

Record source categories:

Information is supplied by the individual, parties other than the individual, as well as by personal records and documentation; subjects and suspects of NRO investigations; interview of witneses, victims, and confidential sources. All types of records and information maitnained by all levels of government, private industry, and non-profit organizations reviewed during the course of the investigation or furnished the NRO; and any other type of record deemed necessary to complete the NRO investigation.

Exemptions claimed for the system:

Parts of this system may be exempt pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(j) (2) if the information is compiled and maintained by a component of the agency which performs as its principle function any activity pertaining to the enforcement of criminal laws.

Investigatory material compiled for law enforcement purposes, other than material within the scope of subsection (j) (2), may be exempt pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(k)(2). However, if an individual is denied any right, privilege, or benefit for which he would otherwise be entitled by Federal law or for which he would otherwise be eligible, as a result of the maintenance of such information, the individual will be provided access to such information except to the extent that disclosure would reveal the identity of a confidential source.

Investigatory material compiled solely for the purpose of determining suitability, eligibility, or qualifications for federal civilian employment, military service, federal contracts, or access to classified information may be exempt pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(k)(5), but only to the extent that such material would reveal the identity of a confidential source.

An exemption rule for this record system has been promulgated in accordance with the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(1), (2), and (3), (c) and (e) and published in 32 CFR part 326. For additional information contact the system manager.

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[FR Doc. 01-20747 Filed 8-16-01; 8:45 am]

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