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Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records

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Department of the Air Force, DoD.


Notice to Add a System of Records.


The Department of the Air Force is proposing to add an exempt system of records to its existing inventory of record systems subject to the Privacy Act of 1974, (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended. The (k)(2) exemption is intended to increase the value of the system of records for law enforcement purposes.


This proposed action will be effective without further notice on July 5, 2002 unless comments are received which result in a contrary determination.


Send comments to the Air Force Privacy Act Manager, AF-CIO/P, 1155 Air Force Pentagon, Washington, DC 20330-1155.

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Mrs. Anne Rollins at (703) 601-4043 or DSN 329-4043.

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The Department of the Air Force 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 reports, as required by 5 U.S.C. 552a(r) of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, was submitted on May 23, 2002, 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: May 29, 2002.

Patricia L. Toppings,

Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.

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System name:

Commander Directed Inquiries.

System location:

Commander Directed Inquiries are maintained at the installation where the Commander's office is located.

Information copies of a report are kept at the individual's organization and at other organizations which have an interest in a particular incident or problem involving that individual that is addressed in the report. Official Air Force mailing addresses are published as an appendix to the Air Force's compilation of record systems notices.

Categories of individuals covered by the system:

All persons who are subjects of reviews, inquiries, or investigations conducted under the inherent authority of a commander or director. All persons who are subjects of administrative command actions for which another system of records is not applicable.

Categories of records in the system:

Commander-directed investigations; letters/transcriptions of complaints, allegations and queries; letters of appointment; reports of reviews, inquiries and investigations with supporting attachments, exhibits and photographs, record of interviews; witness statements; reports of legal review of case files, congressional responses; memoranda; letters and reports of findings and actions taken; letters to complainants and subjects of investigations; letters of rebuttal from subjects of investigations; finance, personnel; administration; adverse information, and technical reports; documentation of command action.

Authority for maintenance of the system:

10 U.S.C. 8013, Secretary of the Air Force; 10 U.S.C. 164, Commanders of Combatant Commands; Air Force Instruction 51-604, Appointment to and Assumption of Command; Inherent authority of commanders to investigate matters or incidents under their jurisdiction or command.


Used to ensure just, thorough, and timely resolution and response to complaints, allegations, or queries, and as a means of improving morale, welfare, good order, discipline, and efficiency of organizations, units, and personnel.

Portions of the inquiries or investigations may be used in evaluating an individual's overall performance and may be included in their military personnel records.

Documents received or prepared in anticipation of litigation are used by attorneys for the government to prepare for trials and hearings; to analyze evidence; to prepare for examination of witnesses; to prepare for argument before courts, magistrates, and investigating officers; and to advise commanders.

Routine uses of records maintained in the system, including categories of users and the purpose 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 governmental boards or agencies or health care professional societies or organizations if such record or document is needed to perform licensing or professional standards monitoring related to credentialed health care practitioners or licensed non-credentialed health care personnel who are or were members of the United States Air Force, and to medical institutions or organizations wherein such member has applied for or been granted authority or employment to provide health care services if such record or document is needed to assess the professional qualifications of such member.

To certifying and licensing bodies for professional certifications and accreditations not related to health care.

The DoD “Blanket Routine Uses” set forth at the beginning of the Air Force's 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:


Maintained in file folders, in computers, and on computer output and storage products.


Retrieved by subject's name and Social Security Number.


Records are accessed by person(s) responsible for servicing the record system in performance of their official duties and by authorized personnel who are properly screened and cleared based upon a need to know. Records are stored in locked rooms and cabinets. Those in computer storage devices are protected by computer system software.

Retention and disposal:

Disposition pending (no records will be destroyed until authorized by the Start Printed Page 38488National Archives and Records Administration).

System manager(s) and address:

The Commander who initiated an investigation or that Commander's successor in command, at that Commander's installation office. Official Air Force mailing addresses are published as an appendix to the Air Force's compilation of record systems notices.

Notification procedure:

Individuals seeking to determine whether this system of records contains information about themselves should address written inquiries to the Commander who initiated the investigation, or that Commander's successor, at the Commander's installation office.

Individual should provide their full name, mailing address, and Social Security Number.

Record access procedures:

Individuals seeking to access records about themselves contained in this system should address request to the Commander who initiated the investigation, or that Commander's successor in command, at the Commander's installation office.

Individual should provide their full name, mailing address, and Social Security Number.

Contesting record procedures:

The Air Force rules for accessing records, and for contesting contents and appealing initial agency determinations are published in Air Force Instruction 37-132; 32 CFR part 806b; or may be obtained from the system manager.

Record source categories:

Complainants, subjects, investigations, witnesses, official records, third parties, and Members of Congress. Information from almost any source can be included if it is relevant and material to the investigation, inquiry, or subsequent command action.

Exemptions claimed for the system:

Investigatory material compiled for law enforcement purposes, other than material within the scope of subsection 5 U.S.C. 552a(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 the information, the individual will be provided access to the information exempt to the extent that disclosure would reveal the identify of a confidential source. Note: When claimed, this exemption allows limited protection of investigative reports maintained in a system of records used in personnel or administrative actions.

An exemption rule for this system has been promulgated in accordance with requirements of 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(1), (2), and (3), (c) and (e) published in 32 CFR part 806b. For additional information contact the system manager.

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[FR Doc. 02-13899 Filed 6-3-02; 8:45 am]