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Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records

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AGENCY:

Defense Threat Reduction Agency, DoD.

ACTION:

Notice to amend a system of records.

SUMMARY:

Defense Threat Reduction Agency proposes to amend a system of records notices 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 March 1, 2010, unless comments are received which result in a contrary determination.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments, identified by docket number and title, by any of the following methods:

  • Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail: Federal Docket Management System Office, 1160 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1160.

Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at http://Start Printed Page 4790www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Brenda Carter at (703) 767-1771.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency notices for systems of records 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 contact under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

The specific changes to the record systems 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: January 26, 2010.

Mitchell S. Bryman,

Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.

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HDTRA 020

SYSTEM NAME:

Human Radiation Research Review (August 9, 2005; 70 FR 46155).

CHANGES:

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SYSTEM LOCATION:

Delete entry and replace with “Defense Threat Reduction Information Analysis Center, 1680 Texas St., SE., Kirtland AFB NM 87117-5669.”

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SYSTEM NAME:

Human Radiation Research Review.

SYSTEM LOCATION:

Defense Threat Reduction Information Analysis Center, 1680 Texas St., SE., Kirtland AFB NM 87117-5669.

CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS COVERED BY THE SYSTEM:

Individuals who were or may have been the subject of tests involving ionizing radiation or other human-subject experimentation; individuals who have inquired or provided information to the Department of Energy Helpline or the Department of Defense Human Radiation Experimentation Command Center concerning such testing.

Military and DoD civilian personnel who participated in atmospheric nuclear testing between 1945 and 1962 or the occupation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are already included in the Defense Threat Reduction Agency Privacy Act system of records notice HDTRA 010, Nuclear Test Participants, are not part of this effort. However, inquiries referred from the Helpline determined to fall within this category will be included in the system.

CATEGORIES OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:

Individual's name, Social Security Number (SSN) or service number, last known or current address, occupational information, dates and extent of involvement in an experiment, exposure data, medical data, medical history of subject and relatives, case or study control number and other documentation of exposure to ionizing radiation or other agents.

The system contains information abstracted from historical records. Records include human radiation experimentation conducted from 1944 to the present. However, experiments conducted after May 20, 1974 may be covered by other Privacy Act systems of records notices.

Common and routine medical practices, such as established diagnostic and treatment methods involving incidental exposures to ionizing radiation are not included within this system. Examples of such methods are panorex radiographs for dental evaluations and thyroid scans for the evaluation and treatment of hypo/hyperthyroidism.

AUTHORITY FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE SYSTEM:

45 CFR part 46, Protection of Human Subject; 10 U.S.C. 133, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisitions, Technology and Logistics; E.O. 12891, Committee on Human Radiation Experiments; and E.O. 9397 (SSN), amended.

PURPOSE(S):

For use by agency officials and employees, or authorized contractors, and other DoD components in the preparation of the histories of human radiation experimentation; to conduct scientific studies or medical follow-up programs; to respond to Congressional and Executive branch inquiries; and to provide data or documentation relevant to the exposure of individuals.

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 of 1974, these records 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 National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Justice, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Veterans Affairs, Central Intelligence Agency, and Office of Management and Budget for purposes of performing official activities or requirements related to the Department of Defense's managing of the human radiation research program.

The ‘Blanket Routine Uses’ published at the beginning of DTRA's compilation of systems notices apply to this system.

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

STORAGE:

Paper records in files and on electronic storage media.

RETRIEVABILITY:

Records are retrieved by case number, name, study control number, Social Security Number (SSN), or service number.

SAFEGUARDS:

Access to or disclosure of information is limited to authorized personnel. Paper records and computer systems are located in areas accessible only by authorized personnel. Buildings are protected by security guards and intrusion alarm systems. Access to computer programs are controlled through software applications that require validation prior to use.

RETENTION AND DISPOSAL:

Files will be retained permanently. They will be maintained in the custody of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency until all claims have been settled and then transferred to the National Archives and Records Administration.

SYSTEM MANAGER(S) AND ADDRESS:

Nuclear Test Personnel Review Program Manager, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, 8725 John J. Kingman Road, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-6201.

NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE:

Individuals seeking to determine whether information about themselves is contained in this system of records should address written inquiries to the Nuclear Test Personnel Review, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, 8725 John J. Kingman Road, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-6201.

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RECORD ACCESS PROCEDURES:

Individuals seeking access to records about themselves contained in this system of records should address written inquiries to the Nuclear Test Personnel Review, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, 8725 John J. Kingman Road, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-6201.

Individuals should provide full name, Social Security Number, or service number, and if known, a case or study control number.

CONTESTING RECORD PROCEDURES:

The DTRA rules for accessing records and for contesting contents and appealing initial agency determinations are published in DTRA Instruction 5400.11B; 32 CFR part 318; or may be obtained from the Nuclear Test Personnel Review, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, 8725 John J. Kingman Road, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-6201.

RECORD SOURCE CATEGORIES:

Information will be collected directly from individuals, as well as extracted from historical records to include personnel files and lists, training files, medical records, legal case files, radiation and other hazard exposure records, occupational and industrial accident records, employee insurance claims, organizational and institutional administrative files, and related sources. The specific types of records used are determined by the nature of an individual's exposure to radiation.

EXEMPTIONS CLAIMED FOR THE SYSTEM:

None.

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