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Privacy Act of 1974; Department of Homeland Security Emergency Personnel Location Records System of Records

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AGENCY:

Privacy Office; DHS.

ACTION:

Notice of Privacy Act system of records.

SUMMARY:

In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974 and as part of the Department of Homeland Security's ongoing effort to review and update legacy system of record notices, the Department of Homeland Security proposes to consolidate two legacy record systems: FEMA/NP-1 Emergency Assignment Records, September 7, 1990, and FEMA/NP-2 Key Personnel Central Locator List, September 7, 1990, into one Department of Homeland Security-wide system of records. This system will allow the Department of Homeland Security and its components to contact necessary Departmental personnel, including Federal employees and contractors, and other individuals to respond to all hazards emergencies including technical, manmade or natural disasters, or to participate in exercises. Categories of individuals, categories of records, and the routine uses of these legacy system of records notices have been consolidated and updated to better reflect the Department's emergency personnel location record systems. This reclassified system, titled Emergency Personnel Location Records, will be included in the Department's inventory of record systems.

DATES:

Submit comments on or before November 17, 2008.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments, identified by docket number DHS-2008-0022 by one of the following methods:

  • Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http: //www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Fax: 1-866-466-5370.
  • Mail: Hugo Teufel III, Chief Privacy Officer, Privacy Office, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528.
  • Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number for this rulemaking. All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.
  • Docket: For access to the docket, to read background documents, or comments received go to http://www.regulations.gov.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For general questions and privacy issues please contact: Hugo Teufel III (703-235-0780), Chief Privacy Officer, Privacy Office, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

Pursuant to the savings clause in the Homeland Security Act of 2002 Public Law 107-296, Section 1512, 116 Stat. 2310 (November 25, 2002), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its components and offices have relied on preexisting Privacy Act systems of records notices for the collection and maintenance of records that concern key DHS personnel (to include Federal employees and contractors) and other individuals who may be required to respond to all hazards emergencies including technical, manmade or natural disasters, or to participate in exercises.

As part of its efforts to streamline and consolidate its Privacy Act record systems, DHS is establishing an agency-wide system of records under the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) for DHS Emergency Personnel Location records. This will ensure that all components of DHS follow the same privacy rules for collecting and handling Emergency Personnel Location records.

In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974 and as part of DHS's ongoing effort to review and update legacy system of record notices, DHS proposes to consolidate two legacy record systems: FEMA/NP-1 Emergency Assignment Records (55 FR 37182 September 7, 1990) and FEMA/NP-2 Key Personnel Central Locator List (55 FR 37182 September 7, 1990) into one DHS-wide system of records. This system will allow DHS and its components to contact necessary DHS personnel, including Federal employees and contractors, and other individuals to respond to all hazards emergencies including technical, manmade or natural disasters, or to participate in exercises. Categories of individuals, categories of records, and the routine uses of these legacy system of records notices have been consolidated and updated to better reflect the Department's emergency personnel location record systems. This reclassified system, titled Emergency Personnel Location Records, will be included in the Department's inventory of record systems.

II. Privacy Act

The Privacy Act embodies fair information principles in a statutory framework governing the means by which the United States Government collects, maintains, uses, and disseminates individuals' records. The Privacy Act applies to information that is maintained in a “system of records.” A “system of records” is a group of any records under the control of an agency for which information is retrieved by the name of an individual or by some identifying number, symbol, or other identifying particular assigned to the individual. In the Privacy Act, an individual is defined to encompass United States citizens and legal permanent residents. As a matter of policy, DHS extends administrative Privacy Act protections to all individuals where systems of records maintain information on U.S. citizens, Start Printed Page 61889lawful permanent residents, and visitors. Individuals may request access to their own records that are maintained in a system of records in the possession or under the control of DHS by complying with DHS Privacy Act regulations, 6 CFR Part 5.

The Privacy Act requires that each agency publish in the Federal Register a description denoting the type and character of each system of records in order to make agency recordkeeping practices transparent, to notify individuals about the use of their records, and to assist the individual to more easily find files within the agency. Below is a description of the Emergency Personnel Location Records System of Records.

In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552a(r), DHS has provided a report of this revised system of records to the Office of Management and Budget and to the Congress.

System of Records:

DHS/ALL-014.

System name:

Department of Homeland Security Emergency Personnel Location Records.

Security classification:

Unclassified.

System location:

Records are maintained at several Headquarters locations and in component offices of DHS, in both Washington, DC and field locations.

Categories of individuals covered by the system:

Key DHS personnel (to include Federal employees and contractors) and other individuals who may be required to respond to all hazards emergencies including technical, manmade or natural disasters, or to participate in exercises. Also included are individuals whom employees identify to be contacted in the event of an all hazards emergency.

Categories of records in the system:

Categories of records in this system include:

  • Individual's name;
  • Individual's social security number (security clearance information);
  • Individual's date of birth (security clearance information);
  • Individual's work address;
  • Individual's title;
  • Individual's position and duty status;
  • Individual's supervisor;
  • Individual's clearance and access level;
  • Individual's skills inventory;
  • Individual's (volunteered) medical information;
  • Individual's home address;
  • Individual's e-mail addresses;
  • Individual's office phone number;
  • Individual's home phone number;
  • Individual's cell phone number;
  • Individual's cell pin number;
  • Individual's fax number;
  • Individuals pager number;
  • Individuals height, weight, and other personal characteristics, if applicable;
  • Individual's emergency response group/non-emergency response group status;
  • Emergency contact's name;
  • Emergency contact's relationship to individual;
  • Emergency contact's work address;
  • Emergency contact's home address;
  • Emergency contact's office phone number;
  • Emergency contact's home phone number;
  • Emergency contact's cell phone number;
  • Emergency contact's e-mail addresses;
  • Emergency recall rosters;
  • Identification credentials for access to regulated facilities;
  • Contractor's company or organization name;
  • Any other phone numbers that may be needed in the event of an all hazards emergency.

Authority for maintenance of the system:

5 U.S.C. 301; The Federal Records Act, 44 U.S.C. 3101; Homeland Security Act of 2002; Public Law 107-296, 6 U.S.C. 121; and Executive Order 9373.

Purpose(s):

The purpose of this system is to contact necessary DHS personnel, including Federal employees and contractors, and other individuals to respond to all hazards emergencies including technical, manmade or natural disasters, or to participate in exercises. In addition, the information in this system will facilitate the contact of DHS personnel's families or other in the event of a personal emergency such as an injury concerning the workplace.

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, all or a portion of the records or information contained in this system may be disclosed outside DHS as a routine use pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(3) as follows:

A. To the Department of Justice (including United States Attorney Offices) or another Federal agency conducting litigation or in proceedings before any court, adjudicative or administrative body when it is necessary to the litigation and one of the following is a party to the litigation or has an interest in such litigation:

1. DHS or any component thereof;

2. Any employee of DHS in his/her official capacity;

3. Any employee of DHS in his/her individual capacity where the Department of Justice or DHS has agreed to represent the employee; or

4. The United States or any agency thereof, is a party to the litigation or has an interest in such litigation, and DHS determines that the records are both relevant and necessary to the litigation and the use of such records is compatible with the purpose for which DHS collected the records.

B. To a congressional office from the record of an individual in response to an inquiry from that congressional office made at the request of the individual to whom the record pertains.

C. To the National Archives and Records Administration or other Federal government agencies pursuant to records management inspections being conducted under the authority of 44 U.S.C. 2904 and 2906.

D. To an agency, organization, or individual for the purpose of performing audit or oversight operations as authorized by law, but only such information as is necessary and relevant to such audit or oversight function.

E. To appropriate agencies, entities, and persons when:

1. DHS suspects or has confirmed that the security or confidentiality of information in the system of records has been compromised;

2. The Department has determined that as a result of the suspected or confirmed compromise there is a risk of harm to economic or property interests, identity theft or fraud, or harm to the security or integrity of this system or other systems or programs (whether maintained by DHS or another agency or entity) or harm to the individual who relies upon the compromised information; and

3. The disclosure made to such agencies, entities, and persons is reasonably necessary to assist in connection with DHS's efforts to respond to the suspected or confirmed compromise and prevent, minimize, or remedy such harm.

F. To contractors and their agents, grantees, experts, consultants, and others performing or working on a contract, service, grant, cooperative Start Printed Page 61890agreement, or other assignment for DHS, when necessary to accomplish an agency function related to this system of records. Individuals provided information under this routine use are subject to the same Privacy Act requirements and limitations on disclosure as are applicable to DHS officers and employees.

G. To an appropriate Federal, State, tribal, local, international, or foreign law enforcement agency or other appropriate authority charged with investigating or prosecuting a violation or enforcing or implementing a law, rule, regulation, or order, where a record, either on its face or in conjunction with other information, indicates a violation or potential violation of law, which includes criminal, civil, or regulatory violations and such disclosure is proper and consistent with the official duties of the person making the disclosure.

H. To an appropriate Federal, state or local agency, including the Department of Defense and specifically the U.S. Air Force, if the information is relevant and necessary, for the requesting agency's approval on the issuance of a security clearance or for the purpose of providing support in an all hazards emergencies including technical, manmade or natural disasters.

I. To Federal, State, and local governmental agencies or executive offices, relief agencies, 501 c3s, and non-governmental organizations, when disclosure is appropriate for proper coordination of homeland security efforts or assistance, protective functions conducted pursuant to title 18 of the United States Code, section 3056 or 3056a, or the proper performance of the official duties required in response to all hazards or national security emergencies including technical, manmade or natural disasters.

J. To identified emergency contacts of:

1. DHS personnel, including Federal employees and contractors;

2. Federal employees or contractors who participate in or conduct exercises; or

3. Federal employees or contractors who respond to all hazards emergencies including technical, manmade or natural disasters.

K. To the news media and the public, with the approval of the Chief Privacy Officer in consultation with counsel, when there exists a legitimate public interest in the disclosure of the information or when disclosure is necessary to preserve confidence in the integrity of DHS or is necessary to demonstrate the accountability of DHS's officers, employees, or individuals covered by the system, except to the extent it is determined that release of the specific information in the context of a particular case would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

Disclosure to consumer reporting agencies:

None.

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

Storage:

Records in this system are stored electronically or on paper in secure facilities in a locked drawer behind a locked door. The records are stored on magnetic disc, tape, digital media, and CD-ROM.

Retrievability:

Data may be retrieved by an individual's name, location, personnel number (if applicable), and/or other personal identifier.

Safeguards:

Records in this system are safeguarded in accordance with applicable rules and policies, including all applicable DHS automated systems security and access policies. Strict controls have been imposed to minimize the risk of compromising the information that is being stored. Access to the computer system containing the records in this system is limited to those individuals who have a need to know the information for the performance of their official duties and who have appropriate clearances or permissions.

Retention and disposal:

Records regarding all hazard emergencies are destroyed three years after issuance of a new plan or directive, in accordance with National Archives and Records Administration General Records Schedule 18, Item 27. Records regarding supervisors' files will be destroyed within 1 year after separation or transfer of the employee, in accordance with National Archives and Records Administration General Records Schedule 1, Item 18.

System Manager and address:

For Headquarters components of DHS, the System Manager is the Director of Departmental Disclosure, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528. For components of DHS, the System Manager can be found at http://www.dhs.gov/​foia under “contacts.”

Notification procedure:

Individuals seeking notification of and access to any record contained in this system of records, or seeking to contest its content, may submit a request in writing to the Headquarters' or component's FOIA Officer, whose contact information can be found at http://www.dhs.gov/​foia under “contacts.” If an individual believes more than one component maintains Privacy Act records concerning him or her the individual may submit the request to the Chief Privacy Officer, Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray Drive, SW., Building 410, STOP-0550, Washington, DC 20528.

When seeking records about yourself from this system of records or any other Departmental system of records your request must conform with the Privacy Act regulations set forth in 6 CFR Part 5. You must first verify your identity, meaning that you must provide your full name, current address and date and place of birth. You must sign your request, and your signature must either be notarized or submitted under 28 U.S.C. 1746, a law that permits statements to be made under penalty of perjury as a substitute for notarization. While no specific form is required, you may obtain forms for this purpose from the Director, Disclosure and FOIA, http://www.dhs.gov or 1-866-431-0486. In addition you should provide the following:

  • An explanation of why you believe the Department would have information on you,
  • Identify which component(s) of the Department you believe may have the information about you,
  • Specify when you believe the records would have been created,
  • Provide any other information that will help the FOIA staff determine which DHS component agency may have responsive records,
  • If your request is seeking records pertaining to another living individual, you must include a statement from that individual certifying his/her agreement for you to access his/her records.

Without this bulleted information the component(s) may not be able to conduct an effective search, and your request may be denied due to lack of specificity or lack of compliance with applicable regulations.

Record access procedures:

See “Notification procedure” above.

Contesting record procedures:

See “Notification procedure” above.

Record Source Categories:

Information originates within DHS and its components and offices along with personnel who submit information such as emergency contacts. Start Printed Page 61891

Exemptions claimed for the system:

None.

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Dated: October 7, 2008.

Hugo Teufel III,

Chief Privacy Officer, Department of Homeland Security.

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[FR Doc. E8-24807 Filed 10-16-08; 8:45 am]

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