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Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records

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AGENCY:

Department of the Army, DoD.

ACTION:

Notice to amend a system of records.

SUMMARY:

The Department of the Army is amending two systems of records notices in its existing inventory of records 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 August 30, 2002, unless comments are received which result in a contrary determination.

ADDRESSES:

Records Management Division, U.S. Army Records Management and Declassification Agency, ATTN: TAPC-PDD-RP, Stop 5603, 6000 6th Street, Ft. Belvoir, VA 22060-5603.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Janice Thornton at (703) 806-4390 or DSN 656-4390 or Ms. Christie King at (703) 806-3711 or DSN 656-3711.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Department of the Army 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 system 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: July 24, 2002.

Patricia L. Toppings,

Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.

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A0600-85 DAPE

System name:

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Rehabilitation Files (January 27, 1999, 64 FR 4075).

Changes:

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System name:

Delete entry and replace with ‘Army Substance Abuse Program’.

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Categories of individuals covered by the system:

Delete entry and replace with ‘Active Army, Army National Guard of the U.S., Army National Guard, U.S. Army Reserve, Army civilian employees, military and civilian employee family members and military retirees who are screened and/or enrolled in the Army Substance Abuse Program.’

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Retention and disposal:

Add to entry ‘Personnel Reliability Program (PRP) records are maintained no longer than 6 years after individual is separated from PRP, then destroyed.’

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A0600-85 DAPE

System name:

Army Substance Abuse Program.

System location:

Primary location:

Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) rehabilitation/counseling facilities (e.g., Community Counseling Center/ASAP Counseling Facilities) at Army installations and activities. Official mailing addresses are published as an appendix to the Army’s compilation of record system notices.

Secondary location:

Army Center for Substance Abuse Program, 4501 Ford Avenue, Suite 320, Alexandria, VA 22302-1460.

Categories of individuals covered by the system:

Active Army, Army National Guard of the U.S., Army National Guard, U.S. Army Reserve, Army civilian employees, military and civilian employee family members and military retirees who are screened and/or enrolled in the Army Substance Abuse Program.

Categories of records in the system:

Primary location:

Copies of patient intake records, progress reports, psychosocial histories, counselor observations and impressions of patient's behavior and rehabilitation progress, copies of medical consultation and laboratory procedures performed, results of biochemical urinalysis for alcohol/drug abuse, Patient Intake/Screening record-PIR (DA Form 4465-R); Patient Progress Report-PPR (DA Form 4466-R); Resource and Performance Report (DA Form 3711-R); and Specimen Custody Document-Drug Testing (DD Form 2624), and similar or related documents.

Secondary location:

Copies of Patient Intake/Screening record-PIR (DA Form 4465-R); Patient Progress Report-PPR (DA Form 4466-R); Resource and Performance Report (DA Form 3711-R); and Specimen Custody Document-Drug Testing (DD Form 2624), and demographic composites thereof.

Authority for maintenance of the system

10 U.S.C. 3013, Secretary of the Army; 42 U.S.C. 290dd-2; Federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988; Army Regulation 600-85, Army Substance Abuse Program; and E.O. 9397 (SSN).

Purpose(s):

To identify alcohol and drug abusers within the Army; to treat, counsel, and rehabilitate individuals who participate in the Army Substance Abuse Program; to judge the magnitude of drug and alcohol abuse in the Army.

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:

The DoD ‘Blanket Routine Uses’ set forth at the beginning of the Army's compilation of systems of records notices do not apply to this system.

The Patient Administration Division at the medical treatment facility with jurisdiction is responsible for the release of medical information to malpractice insurers in the event of malpractice litigation or prospect thereof.

Information is disclosed only to the following persons/agencies:

To health care components of the Department of Veterans Affairs furnishing health care to veterans. Start Printed Page 49679

To medical personnel to the extent necessary to meet a bona fide medical emergency.

To qualified personnel conducting scientific research, audits, or program evaluations, provided that a patient may not be identified in such reports, or his or her identity further disclosed by such personnel.

In response to a court order based on the showing of good cause in which the need for disclosure and the public's interest is shown to exceed the potential harm that would be incurred by the patient, the physician-patient relationship, and the Army's treatment program. Except as authorized by a court order, no record may be used to initiate or substantiate any criminal charges against a patient or to conduct any investigation of a patient.

Note:

Records of identity, diagnosis, prognosis, or treatment of any client/patient, irrespective of whether or when he/she ceases to be a client/patient, maintained in connection with the performance of any alcohol or drug abuse prevention and treatment function conducted, requested, or directly or indirectly assisted by any department or agency of the United States, shall, except as provided therein, be confidential and be disclosed only for the purposes and under circumstances expressly authorized in 42 U.S.C. 290dd-2. This statute takes precedence over the Privacy Act of 1974 to the extent that disclosure is more limited. However, access to the record by the individual to whom the record pertains is governed by the Privacy Act.

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

Storage:

Paper records in locked metal containers; computer database; computer magnetic discs/tapes.

Retrievability:

By patient's surname, Social Security Number or other individually identifying characteristics.

Safeguards:

Records are maintained in storage areas in locked file cabinets where access is restricted to authorized persons having an official need-to-know.

Retention and disposal:

Primary location:

Records are destroyed 5 years after termination of the patient's treatment, unless the Army Medical Department Activity/Facility commander authorizes retention for an additional 6 months.

Secondary location:

Manual records are retained up to 18 months or until information taken there from and entered into computer records is transferred to the ‘history’ file, whichever is sooner. Disposal of manual records is by burning or shredding. Computer records are retained permanently for historical and/or research purposes.

Personnel Reliability Program (PRP) records are maintained no longer than 6 years after individual is separated from PRP, then destroyed.

System manager(s) and address:

Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Headquarters, Department of the Army, 300 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC 20320-3000.

Notification procedure:

Individuals seeking to determine if information about themselves is contained in this record system should address written inquiries to either the commander of the medical center/medical department activity where treatment was obtained or the Army Center for Substance Abuse Programs, 4501 Ford Avenue, Suite 320, Alexandria, VA 22302-1460. Official mailing addresses are published as an appendix to the Army's compilation of record system notices.

Individual should provide the full name, Social Security Number, date of birth, current address and telephone number, and signature.

Record access procedures:

Individuals seeking access to records about themselves contained in this record system should address written inquiries to either the commander of the medical center/medical department activity where treatment was obtained or the Army Center for Substance Abuse Programs, 4501 Ford Avenue, Suite 320, Alexandria, VA 22302-1460. Official mailing addresses are published as an appendix to the Army's compilation of record system notices.

Individual should provide the full name, Social Security Number, date of birth, current address and telephone number, and signature.

Contesting record procedures:

The Army's rules for accessing records, and for contesting contents and appealing initial agency determinations are contained in Army Regulation 340-21; 32 CFR part 505; or may be obtained from the system manager.

Denial to amend records in this system can be made only by the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel in coordination with The Surgeon General.

Record source categories:

From the individual by interviews and history statement; abstracts or copies of pertinent medical records; abstracts from personnel records; results of tests; physicians' notes, observations of client's behavior; related notes, papers, and forms from counselor, clinical director, and/or commander.

Exemptions claimed for the system:

None.

A0351 HSC-AHS

System name:

U.S. Army Medical Department School and Academy of Health Sciences Academic Records (February 15, 2002, 67 FR 7140).

Changes:

System identifier:

Delete entry and replace with A0351 DASG’.

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A0351 DASG

System name:

U.S. Army Medical Department School and Academy of Health Sciences Academic Records.

System location:

U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School, Academy of Health Sciences, Department of Academic Support, 2250 Stanley Road, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-6100.

Categories of individuals covered by the system:

Resident and correspondence students enrolled in courses at the Academy.

Categories of records in the system:

Student's name, Social Security Number, grade/rank, academic qualifications, progress reports, academic grades, ratings attained, aptitudes and personal qualities, including corporate fitness results; faculty board records pertaining to class standing/rating/classification/proficiency of students; class academic records maintained by instructors indicating attendance and progress of class members.

Authority for maintenance of the system:

10 U.S.C. 3013, Secretary of the Army; Army Regulation 351-3, Professional Education and Training Programs of the Army Medical Department; and E.O. 9397 (SSN).

Purpose(s):

To determine eligibility for enrollment/attendance, monitor student progress, record accomplishments, and serve as record of courses which may be prerequisite for other formal courses of Start Printed Page 49680instruction, licensure, certification, and employment.

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:

Information may be disclosed to civilian medical institutions for the purpose of accrediting the individual's training and instruction.

The DoD ‘Blanket Routine Uses’ set forth at the beginning of the Army's compilation of systems of records notices also apply to this system.

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

Storage:

Paper records, microfiche, cards, magnetic tape and/or disc, and computer printouts.

Retrievability:

By individual's name and Social Security Number.

Safeguards:

Access to all records is restricted to designated individuals whose official duties dictate the need therefore.

Retention and disposal:

Academic records are maintained 40 years at the Academy of Health Sciences. Except for the master file, automated data are erased after the fourth updating cycle.

System manager(s) and address:

Registrar, Academy of Health Sciences, 2250 Stanley Road, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-6000.

Notification procedure:

Individuals seeking to determine whether information about themselves is contained in this system should address written inquiries to the Registrar, Academy of Health Sciences, 2250 Stanley Road, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-6000.

For verification purposes, individual should provide the full name, Social Security Number, date attended/enrolled, current address, and signature.

Record access procedures:

Individuals seeking access to information about themselves contained in this system should address written inquiries to the Registrar, Academy of Health Sciences, 2250 Stanley Road, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-6000.

For verification purposes, individual should provide the full name, Social Security Number, date attended/enrolled, current address, and signature.

Contesting record procedures:

The Army's rules for accessing records, and for contesting contents and appealing initial agency determinations are contained in Army Regulation 340-21; 32 CFR part 505; or may be obtained from the system manager.

Record source categories:

From the individual and Academy of Health Sciences' staff and faculty.

Exemptions claimed for the system:

None.

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[FR Doc. 02-19256 Filed 7-30-02; 8:45 am]

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