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AGENCY:

Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), is exempting the FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC) (JUSTICE/FBI-001), Central Records System (CRS) (JUSTICE/FBI-002), and National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC) (JUSTICE/FBI-015) systems of records from the Privacy Act. The exemption is necessary to avoid interference with law enforcement functions and responsibilities of the FBI.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

March 24, 2003.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mary Cahill (202) 307-1823.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The FBI is exempting the FBI's National Crime Information Center, Central Records System and National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime systems of records from subsection (e)(5) of the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. 552a. Also, the FBI is correcting a typographical error by moving the title of the National Crime Information Center to the correct subsection. Except for these amendments, the final rule changes do not alter practices and procedures that are currently in effect. However, the FBI is currently reviewing additional changes to this regulation for possible promulgation in future rulemaking.

This rule relates to individuals, as opposed to small business entities. Nevertheless, pursuant to the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601-612, the rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

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List of Subjects in 28 CFR Part 16

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Pursuant to the authority vested in the Attorney General by

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PART 16—[AMENDED]

Subpart E—Exemption of Records Systems under the Privacy Act.

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1. The authority citation for part 16 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301, 552, 552a, 552b(g), 553; 18 U.S.C. 4203(a)(1); 28 U.S.C. 509, 510, 534; 31 U.S.C. 3717, 9701.

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2. Section 16.96 is amended as follows:

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(a) By revising the introductory text of paragraph (a);

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(b) By redesignating paragraph (b)(6) as (b)(7) and adding a new paragraph (b)(6);

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(c) By revising the introductory text of paragraph (g) and adding new paragraph (g)(1);

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(d) By redesignating paragraph (h)(5) as (h)(6) and adding new paragraph (h)(5);

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(e) By revising the introductory text of paragraph (j);

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(f) By adding a new paragraph (k)(5);

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(g) By removing “National Crime Information Center (NOIC) [sic] (JUSTICE/FBI-001).” from paragraph (k)(4).

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The revisions and additions read as follows.

Exemption of Federal Bureau of Investigation Systems—limited access.

(a) The following system of records is exempt from 5 U.S.C. 552a(c)(3), (d), (e)(1), (e)(2), (e)(3), (e)(4)(G) and (H), (e)(5), (e)(8), (f) and (g):

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(6) From subsection (e)(5) because in the collection of information for law enforcement purposes it is impossible to determine in advance what information is accurate, relevant, timely and complete. With the passage of time, seemingly irrelevant or untimely information may acquire new significance as further investigation brings new details to light. The restrictions imposed by subsection (e)(5) would limit the ability of trained investigators and intelligence analysts to exercise their judgment in reporting on investigations and impede the Start Printed Page 14141development of criminal intelligence necessary for effective law enforcement. In addition, because many of these records come from other federal, state, local, joint, foreign, tribal, and international agencies, it is administratively impossible to ensure compliance with this provision.

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(g) The following system of records is exempt from 5 U.S.C. 552a (c)(3) and (4), (d), (e)(1), (e)(2), (e)(3), (e)(4)(G) and (H), (e)(5), (e)(8), (f), and (g):

(1) National Crime Information Center (NCIC) (JUSTICE/FBI-001). These exemptions apply only to the extent that information in the system is subject to exemption pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(j)(2) and (k)(3).

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(5) From subsection (e)(5) because in the collection of information for law enforcement purposes it is impossible to determine in advance what information is accurate, relevant, timely and complete. With the passage of time, seemingly irrelevant or untimely information may acquire new significance as further investigation brings new details to light. The restrictions imposed by subsection (e)(5) would limit the ability of trained investigators and intelligence analysts to exercise their judgment in reporting on investigations and impede the development of criminal intelligence necessary for effective law enforcement. In addition, the vast majority of these records come from other federal, state, local, joint, foreign, tribal, and international agencies and it is administratively impossible to ensure that the records comply with this provision. Submitting agencies are, however, urged on a continuing basis to ensure that their records are accurate and include all dispositions.

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(j) The following system of records is exempt from 5 U.S.C. 552a (c)(3), (d), (e)(1), (e)(4)(G) and (H), (e)(5), (f) and (g):

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(5) From subsection (e)(5) because in the collection of information for law enforcement purposes it is impossible to determine in advance what information is accurate, relevant, timely and complete. With the passage of time, seemingly irrelevant or untimely information may acquire new significance as further investigation brings new details to light. The restrictions imposed by subsection (e)(5) would limit the ability of trained investigators and intelligence analysts to exercise their judgment in reporting on investigations and impede the development of criminal intelligence necessary for effective law enforcement. In addition, because many of these records come from other federal, state, local, joint, foreign, tribal, and international agencies, it is administratively impossible to ensure compliance with this provision.

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Dated: March 14, 2003.

Paul R. Corts,

Assistant Attorney General for Administration.

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[FR Doc. 03-6926 Filed 3-21-03; 8:45 am]

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