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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 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.

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:

Personnel Security Files.

System location:

Office of Security, Personnel Security Division, National Reconnaissance Office, 14675 Lee Road, Chantilly, VA 20151-1715.

Categories of individuals covered by the system:

National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) civilian, military and contractor personnel who have been nominated or investigated for security clearances and program accesses.

Categories of records in the system:

Name, Social Security Number, agency identification number, employee's geographic work location, employer, work telephone number, date and place of birth, home address and home telephone number, dependents' names, individual's background investigation and polygraph data, interview and adjudication information, all other information such as that found on standard government forms SF 86 and 1879, appeal and referral data, program access status, classification number, security file location, and administrative and investigatory comments.

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; E.O. 12333; E.O. 12958; E.O. 12968; and E.O. 9397 (SSN).

Purpose(s):

The information is used for granting security program accesses to NRO personnel; to maintain, support, and track personnel security administrative processing; to provide data for day-to-day security functions; and to conduct security investigations.

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:

To contractors and other Federal agencies for purposes of protecting the security of NRO installations, activities, property, and employees; to facilitate and verify an individual's eligibility to access classified information; and to protect the interests of National Security. Disclosure must be approved in writing by the NRO Director of Security or his/her designee.

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, Social Security Number, agency identification number, employer, Start Printed Page 1742employee's geographic work location, date and place of birth, and administrative comments.

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 security staff whose official duties require such access.

Retention and disposal:

Records are temporary, retained for 15 years after inactivation; noteworthy files are retained for 25 years after inactivation. Audio and video tapes of polygraph examinations and interview are temporary and are re-used or destroyed when superseded, obsolete, or no longer needed.

System manager(s) and address:

Chief, Personnel Security Division, Office of Security, 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 full name and any aliases or nicknames, address, Social Security Number, current citizenship status, and 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 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 full name and any aliases or nicknames, address, Social Security Number, current citizenship status, and 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 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, by persons other than the individual, and by documentation gathered in the background investigation, and other government agencies.

Exemptions claimed for the system:

Investigatory material compiled for law enforcement purposes 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 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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[FR Doc. 02-615 Filed 1-11-02; 8:45 am]

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