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Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records

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AGENCY:

National Reconnaissance Office, DOD.

ACTION:

Notice to add a system of records.

SUMMARY:

The National Reconnaissance Office is adding 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.

DATES:

This proposed action will be effective without further notice on February 13, 2002 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. Start Printed Page 1740

The proposed system report, as required by 5 U.S.C. 552a(r) of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, was submitted on December 28, 2001, to the House Committee on Government Reform, the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) pursuant to paragraph 4c of Appendix I to OMB Circular No. A-130, ‘Federal Agency Responsibilities for Maintaining Records About Individuals’, dated February 8, 1996 (February 20, 1996, 61 FR 6427).

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Dated: January 4, 2002.

L.M. Bynum,

Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.

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System Name:

Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Files.

System Location:

Management Services and Operations, Information Access and Release Center, National Reconnaissance Office, 14675 Lee Road, Chantilly, VA 20151-1715.

Categories of Individuals Covered by the System:

The system encompasses all individuals who submit Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Privacy Act, and Mandatory Declassification Review Requests and administrative appeals to the National Reconnaissance Office; individuals whose requests and/or records have been referred to the NRO by other agencies; and in some instances includes attorneys representing individuals submitting such requests and appeals, individuals who are the subjects of such requests and appeals, and/or the NRO personnel assigned to handle such requests and appeals.

Categories of Records in the System:

The system consists of records created or compiled in response to FOIA, Privacy Act, and Mandatory Declassification Review requests and administrative appeals and includes: The original requests and administrative appeals; responses to such requests and administrative appeals; all related memoranda, correspondence, notes, and other related or supporting documentation; and, in some instances, copies of requested records and records under administrative appeal; and documents submitted for pre-publication review.

Authority for Maintenance of the System:

5 U.S.C. 301, Departmental Regulations to implement the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, The Freedom of Information Act and 5 U.S.C. 552a, as amended, The Privacy Act of 1974; National Security Act of 1947, as amended, 50 U.S.C. 401 et seq.; E.O. 12333; E.O. 12958; E.O. 12968.

Purpose(s):

This system is maintained for the purpose of processing access requests and administrative appeals under the FOIA, access and amendment requests and administrative appeals under the Privacy Act, and requests and administrative appeals for Mandatory Declassification Review under the applicable executive order(s) governing classified national security information; for the purpose of participating in litigation regarding agency action on such requests and appeals; and for the purpose of assisting the NRO in carrying out any other responsibilities under the FOIA, the Privacy Act, and applicable executive orders; and to process requests for pre-publication review case processing.

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 NRO as a routine use pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(3) as follows:

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:

Requester's name, request case number and subject keywords.

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 Information Access and Release Center staff whose official duties require such access. The electronic database files are password protected; hardcopy records are stored in a locked file room with restricted access.

Retention and Disposal:

Records are temporary, to be destroyed when two years old or sooner if no longer needed for administrative use. Records pertaining to FOIA and PA appeals are to be destroyed six years after final determination or six years after the time at which a requester could file suit, or three years after final adjudication by courts, whichever is later. Computer files will be deleted; hardcopy files will be shredded.

System Manager(s) and Address:

Management Services and Operations, Chief, Information Access and Release Center, 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, 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)’.

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, 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) Start Printed Page 1741under 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:

Those individuals who submit initial requests and administrative appeals pursuant to the FOIA, the Privacy Act, or the applicable executive orders governing classified national security information; the agency records searched in the process of responding to such requests and appeals; NRO staff assigned to handle such requests and appeals; other agencies or entities that have referred to the NRO requests concerning NRO records, or that have consulted with the NRO regarding the handling of particular subjects; and submitters or subjects of records or information that have provided assistance to the NRO in making access or amendment determination. Pre-publication materials submitted by the authors or offices sponsoring the information.

Exemptions Claimed for the System:

During the processing of a FOIA/Privacy Act request, exempt materials from other systems of records may in turn become part of the case record in this system. To the extent that copies of exempt records from those ‘other’ systems of records are entered into this system, the National Reconnaissance Office hereby claims the same exemptions for the records from those ‘other’ systems that are entered into this system, as claimed for the original primary system of which they are a part.

An exemption rule for this exemption has been promulgated in accordance with 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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