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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 a system of records notice 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 September 29, 2003, unless comments are received which result in a contrary determination.

ADDRESSES:

Department of the Army, Freedom of Information/ Privacy Act Office, U.S. Army Records Management and Declassification Agency, ATTN: TAPC-PDD-FP, 7798 Cissna Road, Suite 205, Springfield, VA 22153-3166.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Janice Thornton at (703) 806-7137/DSN 656-7137.

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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: August 25, 2003.

Patricia Toppings,

Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.

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System name:

Army Family Advocacy Program Files (April 4, 2003, 68 FR 16484).

Changes

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System location:

Delete first paragraph and replace with “Primary location: Commander, U.S. Army Medical Command, ATTN: MCHO-CL-H(ACR), 2050 Worth Road, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-6010.”

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Retention and disposal:

Delete entry and replace with “Records are destroyed 25 years after case is closed.”

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System name:

Army Family Advocacy Program Files.

System location:

Primary location: Commander, U.S. Army Medical Command, ATTN: MCHO-CL-H(ACR), 2050 Worth Road, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-6010.

Secondary location: Any Army medical treatment facility that supports the Family Advocacy Program (FAP). Official mailing addresses are published as an appendix to the Army’s compilation of record systems notices.

Categories of individuals covered by the system:

Eligible military members and their family, and DoD civilians who participate in the Family Advocacy Program (FAP).

Categories of records in the system:

Family Advocacy Case Review Committee (CRC) records of established cases of child/spouse abuse or neglect to include those occurring in Army sanctioned or operated activities.

Files may contain extracts of law enforcement investigative reports, correspondence, Case Review Start Printed Page 52010Committee reports, treatment plans and documentation of treatment, follow-up and evaluative reports, supportive data relevant to individual family advocacy Case Review Committee files, summary statistical data reports and similar relevant files.

Authority for maintenance of the system:

10 U.S.C. 3013, Secretary of the Army; 42 U.S.C. 10606 et seq., Victims' Rights, as implemented by Department of Defense Instruction 1030.2, Victim and Witness Assistance Program; Army Regulation 608-18, The Family Advocacy Program; and E.O. 9397 (SSN).

Purpose(s):

To maintain records that identify, monitor, track and provide treatment to alleged offenders, eligible victims and their families of substantiated spouse/child abuse, and neglect. To manage prevention programs to reduce the incidence of abuse throughout the Army military communities.

To perform research studies and compile statistical data.

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 departments and agencies of the Executive Branch of government in performance of their official duties relating to coordination of family advocacy programs, medical care and research concerning child abuse and neglect, and spouse abuse.

The Attorney General of the United States or his authorized representatives in connection with litigation or other matters under the direct jurisdiction of the Department of Justice or carried out as the legal representative of the Executive Branch agencies.

To federal, state, or local governmental agencies when it is deemed appropriate to use civilian resources in counseling and treating individuals or families involved in child abuse or neglect or spouse abuse; or when appropriate or necessary to refer a case to civilian authorities for civil or criminal law enforcement; or when a state, county, or municipal child protective service agency inquires about a prior record of substantiated abuse for the purpose of investigating a suspected case of abuse.

To the National Academy of Sciences, private organizations and individuals for health research in the interest of the Federal government and the public and authorized surveying bodies for professional certification and accreditation such as Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations.

To victims and witnesses of a crime for purposes of providing information consistent with the requirements of the Victim and Witness Assistance Program, regarding the investigation and disposition of an offense.

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.

Note:

This system of records contains individually identifiable health information. The DoD Health Information Privacy Regulation (DoD 6025.18-R) issued pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, applies to most such health information. DoD 6025.18-R may place additional procedural requirements on the uses and disclosures of such information beyond those found in the Privacy Act of 1974 or mentioned in this system of records notice.

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

Storage:

Paper records in file folders and on electronic storage media.

Retrievability:

By the sponsor's Social Security Number of an abused victim.

Safeguards:

Records are maintained in various kinds of filing equipment in specified monitored or controlled areas. Public access is not permitted. Records are accessible only to authorized personnel who are properly screened and trained, and have an official need-to-know. Computer terminals are located in supervised areas with access controlled by password or other user code system.

Retention and disposal:

Records are destroyed 25 years after case is closed.

System manager(s) and address:

Commander, U.S. Army Medical Command, ATTN: MCHO-CL-H(ACR), 2050 Worth Road, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-6010.

Notification procedure:

Individuals seeking to determine if information about themselves is contained in this record system should address written inquiries to the local Patient Administration Division Office; to the commander of the medical center or hospital where treatment was received; or to the Commander, U.S. Army Medical Command, ATTN: MCHO-CL-H(ACR), 2050 Worth Road, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-6010. Official mailing addresses are published as an appendix to the Army's compilation of record systems notices.

For verification purposes, the individual should provide the full name, Social Security Number of the patient's sponsor, and current address, date and location of treatment, and any details that will assist in locating the record, and signature.

Record access procedures:

Individuals seeking to access information about themselves contained in this record system should address written inquiries to the local Patient Administration Division Office; to the commander of the medical center or hospital where treatment was received; or to the Commander, U.S. Army Medical Command, ATTN: MCHO-CL-H(ACR), 2050 Worth Road, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-6010. Official mailing addresses are published as an appendix to the Army's compilation of record systems notices.

For verification purposes, the individual should provide the full name, Social Security Number of the patient's sponsor, and current address, date and location of treatment, and any details that will assist in locating the record, and signature.

Contesting record procedures:

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

Record source categories:

From the individual, educational institutions, medical institutions, police and investigating officers, state and local government agencies, witnesses, and records and reports prepared on behalf of the Army by boards, committees, panels, auditors, etc. Information may also derive from interviews, personal history statements, and observations of behavior by professional persons (i.e., social workers, physicians, including psychiatrists and pediatricians, psychologists, nurses, and lawyers).

Exemptions claimed for the system:

Investigatory material compiled for law enforcement purposes may be Start Printed Page 52011exempt 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 system 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 505. For additional information contact the system manager.

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[FR Doc. 03-22116 Filed 8-28-03; 8:45 am]

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