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Privacy Act of 1974; Notice To Amend An Existing System of Records

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AGENCY:

Department of Energy.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

As required by the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. 552a, and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-130, the Department of Energy (DOE) is publishing a notice of a proposed amendment to an existing system of records. DOE proposes to amend the routine use provision for DOE-13 “Payroll and Leave Records.” The proposed amendment will allow disclosure of information to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) for the purpose of providing payroll services for the DOE.

DATES:

The proposed amendment to an existing system of records will become effective without further notice, on Start Printed Page 3905March 12, 2004, unless in advance of that date, DOE receives adverse comments and determines that this amendment should not become effective on that date.

ADDRESSES:

Written comments should be directed to the following address: U.S. Department of Energy, Abel Lopez, Director, Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Group, ME-74, 1000 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20585.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Abel Lopez, Director, Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Group, ME-74, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20585, 202-586-5955; Wendy L. Miller, Director, Capital Accounting Center, ME-14, 1000 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20585-1290, (301) 903-5858; and Isiah Smith, Office of the General Counsel, GC-77, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586-8618.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

DOE proposes to amend the routine use provision for an existing system of records, DOE-13 “Payroll and Leave Records.” The new routine use is necessary because DOE has entered into a cross-servicing agreement with DFAS to provide payroll processing services to DOE. The proposed amendment will allow disclosure of information to DFAS for the purpose of processing DOE's payroll; the issuance of salary payments to employees and distribution of wages; and the distribution of allotments and deductions to financial and other institutions, many of which are through electronic funds transfer.

The proposed routine use is compatible with the purpose for which the information is being collected and maintained.

DOE is submitting the report required by OMB Circular A-130 concurrently with the publication of this notice. The text of this notice contains the information required by the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. 552a(e)(4).

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Issued in Washington, DC on January 15, 2004.

James T. Campbell,

Acting Director, Office of Management, Budget and Evaluation/Acting Chief Financial Officer.

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SYSTEM NAME:

Payroll and Leave Records.

SECURITY CLASSIFICATION:

Unclassified.

SYSTEM LOCATION(S):

U.S. Department of Energy, Headquarters, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585

U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Service Center Albuquerque, P.O. Box 5400, Albuquerque, NM 87185-5400

U.S. Department of Energy, Atlanta Regional Support Office, 730 Peachtree, NE., Suite 876, Atlanta, GA 30308

U.S. Department of Energy, Bonneville Power Administration, P.O. Box 3621, Portland, OR 97208

U.S. Department of Energy, Boston Regional Support Office, One Congress Street, Room 1101, Boston, MA 021144-2021

U.S. Department of Energy, Carlsbad Field Office, P.O. Box 3090, Carlsbad, NM 88221

U.S. Department of Energy, Chicago Operations Office, 9800 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL 60439

U.S. Department of Energy, Golden Field Office, 1617 Cole Boulevard, Golden, CO 80401

U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, 850 Energy Drive, Idaho Falls, ID 83401

U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory (Morgantown), P.O. Box 880, Morgantown, WV 26507-0880

U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory (Pittsburgh), 626 Cochrans Mill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236-0940

U.S. Department of Energy, National Petroleum Technology Office, William Center Tower One, 1 West Third Street, Suite 1400, Tulsa, OK 74103

U.S. Department of Energy, Naval Petroleum and Oil Shale Reserves, 907 N. Poplar, Suite 150, Casper, WY 82601

U.S. Department of Energy, Naval Petroleum Reserves in California, 1601 New Stine Road, Suite 240, Bakersfield, CA 93309

U.S. Department of Energy, NNSA Service Center Nevada, P.O. Box 98518, Las Vegas, NV 89193-8518

U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge Operations Office, P.O. Box 2001, Oak Ridge, TN 37831

U.S. Department of Energy, NNSA Service Center Oakland, 1301 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94612-5208

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Scientific & Technical Information, P.O. Box 62, Oak Ridge, TN 37831

U.S. Department of Energy, Ohio Field Office, P.O. Box 3020, Miamisburg, OH 45343

U.S. Department of Energy, Philadelphia Regional Support Office, 1880 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 501, Philadelphia, PA 19103-7483

U.S. Department of Energy, Pittsburgh Naval Reactors Office, P.O. Box 109, West Mifflin, PA 15122-0109

U.S. Department of Energy, Richland Operations Office, P.O. Box 550, Richland, WA 99352

U.S. Department of Energy, Rocky Flats Field Office, 10808 Highway 93, Unit A, Golden, CO 80403-8200

U.S. Department of Energy, Savannah River Operations Office, P.O. A, Aiken, SC 29801

U.S. Department of Energy, Seattle Regional Support Office, 800 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3950, Seattle, WA 98104

U.S. Department of Energy, Schenectady Naval Reactors Office, P.O. Box 1069, Schenectady, NY 12301

U.S. Department of Energy, Southeastern Power Administration, 1166 Athens Tech Road, Elberton, GA 30635-4578

U.S. Department of Energy, Southwestern Power Administration, Williams Tower One, One West Third Street, Tulsa, OK 74103

U.S. Department of Energy, Strategic Petroleum Reserve Project Office, 900 Commerce Road East, New Orleans, LA 70123

U.S. Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration, P.O. Box 3402, Golden, CO 80401

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Repository Development, P.O. Box 364629, North Las Vegas, NV 89036-8629

CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS COVERED BY THE SYSTEM:

Department of Energy (DOE), including National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) personnel and consultants.

CATEGORIES OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:

Time and attendance records, earning records, payroll actions, deduction information requests, authorizations for overtime and night differential, and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) retirement records.

AUTHORITY FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE SYSTEM:

42 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.; 50 U.S.C. 2401 et seq.; Privacy Act of 1974, Pub. L. 93-579 (5 U.S.C. 552a); General Accounting Office Policy and Procedures Manual; Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, Pub. L. 104-193.

PURPOSE(S):

The records are maintained and used by the DOE to document historical information on employee wages, deductions, retirement benefits, and leave.Start Printed Page 3906

ROUTINE USES OF RECORDS MAINTAINED IN THE SYSTEM, INCLUDING CATEGORIES OF USERS AND THE PURPOSES OF SUCH USES:

1. A record from this system may be disclosed as a routine use to the Department of Treasury to collect withheld taxes, process payroll payments, and issue savings bonds.

2. A record from this system may be disclosed as a routine use to the Internal Revenue Service to process Federal income tax payments and tax levies.

3. A record from this system may be disclosed as a routine use to state and local governments to process State and local income tax deductions and court ordered child support or alimony payments.

4. A record from this system may be disclosed as a routine use to OPM to establish and maintain retirement records and benefits.

5. A record from this system may be disclosed as a routine use to the Thrift Savings Board to update Section 401K type records and benefits.

6. A record from this system may be disclosed as a routine use to the Social Security Administration to establish Social Security records and benefits.

7. A record from this system may be disclosed as a routine use to the Department of Labor to process workmen's compensation claims.

8. A record from this system may be disclosed as a routine use to the Department of Defense to adjust military retirement.

9. A record from this system may be disclosed as a routine use to financial institutions to credit net deposits, savings allotments, and discretionary allotments.

10. A record from this system may be disclosed as a routine use to employee unions to credit accounts for employees with union dues deductions.

11. A record from this system may be disclosed as a routine use to health insurance carriers to process insurance claims.

12. A record from this system may be disclosed as a routine use to the General Accounting Office to verify accuracy and legality of disbursement.

13. A record from this system may be disclosed as a routine use to the Department of Veterans Affairs to evaluate veteran's benefits to which the individual may be entitled.

14. A record from this system may be disclosed as a routine use to States' departments of employment security to determine entitlement to unemployment compensation or other State benefits.

15. A record from the system may be disclosed as a routine use to the appropriate local, State or Federal agency when records alone or in conjunction with other information, indicates a violation or potential violation of law whether civil, criminal, or regulatory in nature, and whether arising by general statute or particular program pursuant thereto.

16. A record from the system may be disclosed as a routine use to a Federal, State, or local agency to obtain information relevant to a Departmental decision concerning the hiring or retention of an employee, the issuance of a security clearance, the letting of a contract, or the issuance of a license, grant, or other benefit. The Department must deem such disclosure to be compatible with the purpose for which the Department collected the information.

17. A record from the system may be disclosed as a routine use to DOE contractors in performance of their contracts, and their officers and employees who have a need for the record in the performance of their duties. Those provided information under this routine use are subject to the same limitations applicable to DOE officers and employees under the Privacy Act.

18. A record from this system of records may be disclosed as a routine use to a member of Congress submitting a request involving the constituent when the constituent has requested assistance from the member concerning the subject matter of the record. The member of Congress must provide a copy of the constituent's request for assistance.

19. A record from this system may be disclosed as a routine use to the Office of Child Support Enforcement, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, Federal Parent Locator System (FPLS) and Federal Tax Offset System to locate individuals and identify their income sources to establish paternity, establish and modify orders of support, and for enforcement action.

20. A record from this system may be disclosed as a routine use to the Office of Child Support Enforcement, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, FPLS and Federal Tax Offset System, for release to the Social Security Administration to verify social security numbers in connection with the operation of the FPLS by the Office of Child Support Enforcement.

21. A record from this system may be disclosed as a routine use to the Office of Child Support Enforcement, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, FPLS and Federal Tax Offset System, for release to the Department of Treasury to administer the Earned Income Tax Credit Program (Section 32, Internal Revenue Code of 1986) and verify a claim with respect to employment in a tax return.

22. A record from this system may be disclosed as a routine use to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) so that DFAS may perform payroll processing services for DOE. These services may include the issuance of salary payments to employees and distribution of wages; and the distribution of allotments and deductions to financial and other institutions, many of which are through electronic funds transfer.

POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR STORING, RETRIEVING, ACCESSING, RETAINING, AND DISPOSING OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM: STORAGE:

Records may be stored as paper records and electronic media.

RETRIEVABILITY:

Records may be retrieved by name, social security number, and payroll number.

SAFEGUARDS:

Paper records are maintained in locked cabinets and desks. Electronic records are controlled through established DOE computer center procedures (personnel screening and physical security), and they are password protected. Access is limited to those whose official duties require access to the records.

RETENTION AND DISPOSAL:

Records retention and disposal authorities are contained in the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) General Records Schedule and DOE record schedules that have been approved by NARA.

SYSTEM MANAGER(S) AND ADDRESS:

Headquarters: Director, Office of Management, Budget and Evaluation/Chief Financial Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585.

Field Offices: The Managers of the DOE offices “System Locations” listed above are the system managers for their respective portions of this system.

NOTIFICATION PROCEDURES:

In accordance with the DOE regulation implementing the Privacy Act, at Title 10, Code of Federal Regulations, part 1008, a request by an individual to determine if a system of records contains information about him/her should be directed to the Director, Headquarters Freedom of Information Start Printed Page 3907Act and Privacy Act Group, U.S. Department of Energy, or the Privacy Act Officer at the appropriate address identified above under “System Locations.” For records maintained by Laboratory or Site Office, the request should be directed to the Privacy Act Officer at the Operations Office that has jurisdiction over that office or facility. The request should include the requester's complete name, time period for which records are sought, and the office locations(s) where the requester believes the records are located.

RECORDS ACCESS PROCEDURES:

Same as Notification Procedures above. Records are generally kept at locations where the work is performed. In accordance with the DOE Privacy Act regulation, proper identification is required before a request is processed.

CONTESTING RECORD PROCEDURES:

Same as Notification Procedures above.

RECORD SOURCE CATEGORIES:

The subject individual, supervisors, timekeepers, official personnel records, and the Internal Revenue Service.

SYSTEM EXEMPT FROM CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE ACT:

None.

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[FR Doc. 04-1551 Filed 1-26-04; 8:45 am]

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