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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 record 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 2, 2008, unless comments are received which result in a contrary determination.

ADDRESSES:

Department of the Army, Freedom of Information/Privacy Division, U.S. Army Records Management and Declassification Agency, 7701 Telegraph Road, Casey Building, Suite 144, Alexandria, VA 22325-3905.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Vicki Short at (703) 428-6508.

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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 record 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 25, 2008.

Patricia L. Toppings,

OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.

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SYSTEM NAME:

U.S. Army Claims Service Management Information System (April 4, 2003, 68 FR 16484).

CHANGES:

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RETENTION AND DISPOSAL:

Delete entry and replace with “After 6 years, 3 months (investigative reports, except those relating to medical malpractice); or 10 years (medical malpractice investigative reports, claims files).”

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SYSTEM NAME:

U.S. Army Claims Service Management Information System.

SYSTEM LOCATION:

U.S. Army Claims Service, Office of the Judge Advocate General, ATTN: JACS-Z, 4411 Llewellyn Avenue, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5360. Segments exist Start Printed Page 44975at subordinate field operating agencies and at Staff Judge Advocate Offices at Army installations throughout the world. Official mailing addresses are published as an appendix to the Army's compilation of systems of records notices.

CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS COVERED BY THE SYSTEM:

Individuals, corporations, associations, countries, states, territories, political subdivisions presenting a claim against the United States.

CATEGORIES OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:

Name of claimant, claim file number, type of claim presented, reports of investigation, witness statements, police reports, photographs, diagrams, bills, estimates, expert opinions, medical records and similar reports, copy of correspondence with claimant, potential claimants, third parties, and insurers of claimants or third parties, copies of finance vouchers evidencing payment of claims, and similar relevant information.

AUTHORITY FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE SYSTEM:

10 U.S.C. 3013, Secretary of the Army; 31 U.S.C. 3711, Collection and Compromise; Army Regulation 27-20, Claims; and E.O. 9397 (SSN).

PURPOSE(S):

To develop and preserve all relevant evidence about incidents, which generate claims against or in favor of the Army. Evidence developed is used as a legal basis to support the settlement of claims. Data are also used as a management tool to supervise claims operations at subordinate commands worldwide. 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:

To the Internal Revenue Service for tax purposes.

To the Department of Justice for assistance in deciding disposition of claims filed against or in favor of the Government and for considering criminal prosecution, civil court action or regulatory orders.

To the U.S. Claims Court and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, to support legal actions, considerations or evidence to support proposed legislative or regulatory changes, for budgetary purposes, for quality control or assurance type studies, or to support action against a third party.

To Foreign governments for use in settlements of claims under the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Status of Forces Agreement or similar international agreements.

To the State governments for use in defending or prosecuting claim by the state or its representatives.

To the Department of Labor, for consideration in determining rights under Federal Employees Compensation Act or similar legislation.

To civilian and Government experts for assistance in evaluating the claim.

To the Office of Management and Budget for preparation of private relief bills for presentation to the Congress.

To Government contractors for use in defending or settling claims filed against them, including recovery actions, arising out of the performance of a Government contract.

To Federal and state workmen's compensation agencies for use in adjudicating claims.

To private insurers with a legal interest in the same case.

To potential joint tort-feasors or their representatives for the purpose of prosecuting or defending claims for contribution or indemnity.

Information from this system of records may also be disclosed to law students participating in a volunteer legal support program approved by the Judge Advocate General of the Army.

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 electronic storage media.

RETRIEVABILITY:

By last name, Social Security Number, or claim number.

SAFEGUARDS:

Records are accessible only by authorized personnel who are properly instructed in the permissible use of the information, buildings housing records are locked after normal business hours.

RETENTION AND DISPOSAL:

After 6 years, 3 months (investigative reports, except those relating to medical malpractice); or 10 years (medical malpractice investigative reports, claims files).

SYSTEM MANAGER(S) AND ADDRESS:

The Judge Advocate General, Headquarters, Department of the Army, 2200 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC 20310-2200.

NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE:

Individuals seeking to determine whether information about themselves is contained in this record system should address written inquiries to the Commander, U.S. Army Claims Service, 4411 Llewellyn Avenue, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5360.

Individual should provide full name, current address and telephone number, claim number if known, date and place of incident giving rise to the claim, and any other personal identifying data that would assist in determining location of the records.

RECORD ACCESS PROCEDURES:

Individuals seeking access to information about themselves contained in this system should address written inquiries to the Commander, U.S. Army Claims Service, 4411 Llewellyn Avenue, Fort Meade, MD 20755-5360.

Individual should provide full name, current address and telephone number, claim number if known, date and place of incident giving rise to the claim, and any other personal identifying data that would assist in determining location of the records.

CONTESTING RECORD PROCEDURES:

The Army's rules for accessing records 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; investigative reports originating in the Department of the Army, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and/or foreign, state, or local law enforcement agencies; medical treatment facilities; Armed Forces Institute of Pathology; relevant records and reports in the Department of Defense. Start Printed Page 44976

EXEMPTIONS CLAIMED FOR THE SYSTEM:

None.

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