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AGENCY:

Departmental Offices, Treasury.

ACTION:

Notice of Revised Privacy Act Systems of Records.

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SUMMARY:

In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) gives notice of a revised Privacy Act system of records.

DATES:

Comments must be received by June 23, 2003. The proposed new system of records will become effective July 1, 2003, unless comments are received which would result in a contrary determination.

ADDRESSES:

Comments should be sent to Lori Creswell, Assistant Chief Counsel, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, 1125 15th Street, Room 700A, Washington, DC 20005, 202-622-4068. Comments will be made available for inspection upon written request.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Lori Creswell, Assistant Chief Counsel, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, 1125 15th Street, Room 700A, Washington, DC 20005, 202-622-4068.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) was established pursuant to the Internal Revenue Service Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998. TIGTA's duties and operating authority are set forth in the Inspector General Act of 1978, 5 U.S.C app. 3. TIGTA exercises all duties and responsibilities of an Inspector General with respect to the Department and the Secretary on all matters relating to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). TIGTA conducts, supervises, and coordinates audits and investigations relating to the programs and operations of the IRS and related entities. TIGTA is organizationally placed within the Department of the Treasury, but is independent of the Department and all other Treasury offices.

The powers and responsibilities of the Office of Chief Inspector for the Internal Revenue Service, except for the conducting of background checks and the providing of physical security were transferred to TIGTA. The following systems of records maintained by the Chief Inspector's Office of the Internal Revenue Service, published at 63 FR 69905-69913, are being consolidated and renamed as Treasury/DO .311-TIGTA Office of Investigations Files:

IRS 60.001—Assault and Threat Investigation Files, Inspection;

IRS 60.002—Bribery Investigation Files, Inspection;

IRS 60.003—Conduct Investigation Files, Inspection;

IRS 60.004—Disclosure Investigation Files, Inspection;

IRS 60.005—Enrollee Applicant Investigation Files, Inspection;

IRS 60.006—Enrollee Charge Investigation Files, Inspection;

IRS 60.007—Miscellaneous Information File, Inspection;

IRS 60.009—Special Inquiry Investigation Files, Inspection, and

IRS 60.010—Tort Investigation Files, Inspection.

This amendment reflects the transfer of investigative responsibility to TIGTA.

A notice of final rulemaking, is being published separately in the Federal Register to amend 31 CFR 1.36. The amendment reflects the consolidation of the above systems of records and transfers the responsibility for the systems from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to the Departmental Offices (DO). The exemptions claimed for the systems of records were last published in their entirety on November 21, 2000, at 65 FR 69865.

The revised system of records report, required by the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. 552a(r), has been submitted to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight of the House of Representatives, the Committee on Governmental Affairs of the Senate, and the Office of Management and Budget, pursuant to Appendix 1 to OMB Circular A-130, Federal Agency Responsibilities for Maintaining Records About Individuals, dated November 30, 2000.

The revised system of records, Treasury/DO .311-TIGTA Office of Investigations Files, is published in its entirety below.

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Dated: May 8, 2003.

W. Earl Wright, Jr.,

Chief Management and Administrative Programs Officer.

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Treasury/DO .311

System name:

TIGTA Office of Investigations Files.

System location:

National Headquarters, Office of Investigations, 1125 15th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20005 and Field Division offices listed in Appendix A.

Categories of individuals covered by the system:

(1) The subjects or potential subjects of investigations; (2) The subjects of complaints received by TIGTA; (3) Persons who have filed complaints with TIGTA; (4) Confidential informants; and (5) TIGTA Special Agents.

Categories of records in the system:

(1) Reports of investigations, which may include, but are not limited to, witness statements, affidavits, transcripts, police reports, photographs, documentation concerning requests and approval for consensual telephone and consensual non-telephone monitoring, the subject's prior criminal record, vehicle maintenance records, medical records, accident reports, insurance policies, police reports, and other exhibits and documents collected during an investigation; (2) Status and disposition information concerning a complaint or investigation including prosecutive action and/or administrative action; (3) Complaints or requests to investigate; (4) General case materials and documentation including, but not limited to, Chronological Case Worksheets (CCW), fact sheets, agent work papers, Record of Disclosure forms, and other case management documentation; (5) Subpoenas and evidence obtained in response to a subpoena; (6) Evidence logs; (7) Pen registers; (8) Correspondence; (9) Records of seized money and/or property; (10) Reports of laboratory examination, photographs, and evidentiary reports; (11) Digital image files of physical evidence; (12) Documents generated for purposes of TIGTA's undercover activities; (13) Documents pertaining to the identity of confidential informants; and, (14) Other documents collected and/or generated by the Office of Investigations during the course of official duties.

Authority for maintenance of the system:

5 U.S.C. app. 3 and 5 U.S.C. 301.

Purpose(s):

The purpose of this system of records is to maintain information relevant to complaints received by TIGTA and collected as part of investigations conducted by TIGTA's Office of Investigations. This system also includes investigative material compiled by the IRS' Office of the Chief Inspector, which was previously maintained in the following systems of records: Treasury/IRS 60.001-60.007 and 60.009-60.010.

Routine uses of records maintained in the system, including categories of users and the purposes of such uses:

Disclosure of returns and return information may be made only as provided by 26 U.S.C. 6103. Records other than returns and return information may be used to:

(1) Disclose pertinent information to appropriate Federal, State, local, or foreign agencies, or other public authority responsible for investigating or prosecuting the violations of, or for enforcing or implementing a statute, rule, regulation, order, or license, where the disclosing agency becomes aware of a potential violation of civil or criminal law or regulation; Start Printed Page 28048

(2) Disclose information to a Federal, State, local, or other public authority maintaining civil, criminal, or other relevant enforcement information or other pertinent information, which has requested information relevant to or necessary to the requesting agency's, bureau's, or authority's hiring or retention of an individual, or issuance of a security clearance, license, contract, grant, or other benefit;

(3) Disclose information in a proceeding before a court, adjudicative body, or other administrative body before which TIGTA is authorized to appear when (a) the agency, or (b) any employee of the agency in his or her official capacity, or (c) any employee of the agency in his or her individual capacity where the Department of Justice or the agency has agreed to represent the employee, or (d) the United States, when the agency determines that litigation is likely to affect the agency, is a party to litigation or has an interest in such litigation, and the use of such records by the agency is deemed to be relevant and necessary to the litigation or administrative proceeding and not otherwise privileged;

(4) Disclose information to a court, magistrate or administrative tribunal in the course of presenting evidence, including disclosures to opposing counsel or witness in the course of civil discovery, litigation, or settlement negotiations or in connection with criminal law proceedings or in response to a subpoena where arguably relevant to a proceeding;

(5) Disclose information to the Department of Justice for the purpose of litigating an action or seeking legal advice;

(6) Provide information to third parties during the course of an investigation to the extent necessary to obtain information pertinent to the investigation;

(7) Provide information to a congressional office in response to an inquiry made at the request of the individual to whom the record pertains;

(8) Provide information to the news media in accordance with guidelines contained in 28 CFR 50.2;

(9) Disclose information to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Merit Systems Protection Board, arbitrators, and other parties responsible for processing personnel actions or conducting administrative hearings or appeals, or if needed in the performance of other authorized duties;

(10) In situations involving an imminent danger of death or physical injury, disclose relevant information to an individual or individuals who are in danger; and

(11) Provide information to other Offices of Inspectors General, the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency, and the Department of Justice, in connection with their review of TIGTA's exercise of statutory law enforcement authority, pursuant to Section 6(e) of the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended, 5 U.S.C.A. Appendix 3.

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

Storage:

Paper records and electronic media.

Retrievability:

By name, Social Security Number, and/or case number.

Safeguards:

The records are accessible to TIGTA personnel, all of whom have been the subject of background investigations, on a need-to-know basis. Disclosure of information through remote terminals is restricted through the use of passwords and sign-on protocols, which are periodically changed; these terminals are accessible only to authorized persons. Paper records are maintained in locked facilities and/or cabinets with restricted access.

Retention and disposal:

Some of the records in this system are maintained and disposed of in accordance with a record disposition schedule approved by the National Archives and Records Administration. TIGTA is in the process of requesting approval of new records schedules concerning all records in this system of records. Records not currently covered by an approved record retention schedule will not be destroyed until TIGTA receives approval from the National Archives and Records Administration.

System manager(s) and address:

Deputy Inspector General for Investigations, Office of Investigations, TIGTA, 1125 15th Street, NW., Room 700A, Washington, DC 20005.

Notification procedure:

Individuals seeking notification and access to any record contained in this system of records, or seeking to contest its content, may inquire in writing in accordance with instructions appearing at 31 CFR part 1, subpart C, appendix A. Written inquiries should be addressed to the Office of Chief Counsel, Disclosure Section, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, 1125 15th Street, NW., Room 700A, Washington, DC 20005. This system of records may contain records that are exempt from the notification, access, and contesting records requirements pursuant to the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552a(j)(2) and (k)(2).

Record access procedures:

See “Notification Procedures” above.

Contesting record procedures:

See “Notification Procedures” above.

Record source categories:

Some records contained within this system of records are exempt from the requirement that the record source categories be disclosed pursuant to the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552a(j)(2) and (k)(2). Non-exempt record source categories include the following: Department of the Treasury personnel and records, complainants, witnesses, governmental agencies, tax returns and related documents, subjects of investigations, persons acquainted with the individual under investigation, third party witnesses, Notices of Federal Tax Liens, court documents, property records, newspapers or periodicals, financial institutions and other business records, medical records, and insurance companies.

Exemptions claimed for the system:

Some records contained within this system of records are exempt from 5 U.S.C. 552a (c)(3), (c)(4), (d)(1), (d)(2), (d)(3), (d)(4), (e)(1), (e)(2), (e)(3), (e)(4)(G), (e)(4)(H), (e)(4)(I), (e)(5), (e)(8), (f), and (g) of the Privacy Act pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a (j)(2) and (k)(2).

Appendix A

Office of Investigations, TIGTA

Field Division SAC Offices

Treasury IG for Tax Administration, 401 West Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30365

Treasury IG for Tax Administration, 550 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Treasury IG for Tax Administration, 200 W. Adams, Chicago, IL 60606

Treasury IG for Tax Administration, 4050 Alpha Rd., Dallas, TX 75244-4203

Treasury IG for Tax Administration, 600 17th St., Denver, CO 80202

Treasury IG for Tax Administration, 200 W. Forsyth St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

Treasury IG for Tax Administration, 312 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Treasury IG for Tax Administration, 201 Varick Street, New York, NY 10008

Treasury IG for Tax Administration, 600 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Treasury IG for Tax Administration, 1301 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94612

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Treasury IG for Tax Administration, 1739-H Brightseat Road, Landover, MD 20785

Treasury IG for Tax Administration, 8484 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910

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[FR Doc. 03-12795 Filed 5-21-03; 8:45 am]

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