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Privacy Act of 1974; Report of Modified or Altered System of Records

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AGENCY:

Division of Quarantine, Medical Screening and Health Assessment Branch, Medical Screening Section, National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

ACTION:

Notification of Proposed Altered System of Records.

SUMMARY:

The Department of Health and Human Services proposes to alter System of Records, 09-20-0102, “Alien Mental Waiver Program, HHS/CDC/NCID. HHS is proposing to add the following Breach Response Routine Use Language to comply with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memoranda (M) 07-16, Safeguarding Against and Responding to the Breach of Personally Identifiable Information:

To appropriate federal agencies and Department contractors that have a need to know the information for the purpose of assisting the Department's efforts to respond to a suspected or confirmed breach of the security or confidentiality of information disclosed is relevant and necessary for that assistance.

These records will be maintained by the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID), Division of Quarantine, Medical Screening and Health Assessment Branch, Medical Screening Section.

DATES:

Comments must be received on or before February 24, 2011. The proposed altered System of Records will be effective 40 days from the date submitted to the OMB, unless NIOSH receives comments that would result in a contrary determination.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments, identified by the Privacy Act System of Record Number 09-20-0102:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • E-mail: Include PA SOR number 09-20-0102 in the subject line of the message.
  • Phone: 770/488-8660 (not a toll-free number).
  • Fax: 770/488-8659.
  • Mail: HHS/CDC Senior Official for Privacy (SOP), Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (OCISO), 4770 Buford Highway—M/S: F-35, Chamblee, GA 30341.
  • Hand Delivery/Courier: HHS/CDC Senior Official for Privacy (SOP), Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (OCISO), 4770 Buford Highway—M/S: F-35, Chamblee, GA 30341
  • Comments received will be available for inspection and copying at this same address from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, Federal holidays excepted.
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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

NCID proposes to alter System of Records, No. 09-20-0102, “Alien Mental Waiver Program, HHS/CDC/NCID.” To comply with the requirements of Section 212(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) must receive and maintain medical records on aliens who apply for waivers of inadmissibility due to a physical or mental disorder with associated harmful behavior. CDC is furnished with a copy of the alien's medical examination report and psychiatric/psychological evaluation and uses the information to process the initial applications for such waivers and for periodic medical surveillance and evaluation of individual cases.

This System of Record Notice is being altered to add the Breach Response Routine Use Language to comply with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memorandum dated May 22, 2007.

The following notice is written in the present tense, rather than the future tense, in order to avoid the unnecessary expenditure of public funds to republish the notice after the System has become effective.

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Dated: December 11, 2009.

James D. Seligman,

Chief Information Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Editorial Note:

This document was received at the Office of the Federal Register on December 27, 2010.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID)

Alien Mental Waiver Program—Report of Modified or Altered System of Records

Narrative Statement

I. Background and Purpose of the System

A. Background

The Department of Health and Human Services proposes to alter System of Records, No. 09-20-0102 “Alien Mental Waiver Program, HHS/CDC/NCID.” HHS is proposing to add the following Breach Response Routine Use Language to comply with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memoranda (M) 07-16, Safeguarding Against and Responding to the Breach of Personally Identifiable Information:

To appropriate federal agencies and Department contractors that have a need to know the information for the purpose of assisting the Department's efforts to respond to a suspected or confirmed breach of the security or confidentiality of information disclosed is relevant and necessary for that assistance.

B. Purpose

To comply with the requirements of Section 212(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) must receive and maintain medical records on aliens who apply for waivers of inadmissibility due to a physical or mental disorder with associated harmful behavior.

II. Authority for Maintenance of the System

Public Health Service Act, Section 325, “Examination of Aliens” (42 U.S.C. 252); and the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 212(g), “Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility” (8 U.S.C. 1182(g)).

III. Proposed Routine Use Disclosures of Data in the System.

The Privacy Act allows us to disclose information without an individual's consent if the information is to be used Start Printed Page 4446for a purpose that is compatible with the purpose(s) for which the information was collected. Any such compatible use of data is known as a “routine use”. The routine uses proposed for this System are compatible with the stated purpose of the System:

Department of State (DOS) or Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) obtains initial medical examinations and submits to the Division of Quarantine, CDC. Final diagnosis returned to submitter. Alien or sponsor furnishes copy of medical file to local health care facility in the United States.

Disclosure may be made to a congressional office from the record of an individual in response to a verified inquiry from the congressional office made at the written request of that individual.

In the event of litigation where the defendant is: (a) The Department, any component of the Department, or any employee of the Department in his or her official capacity; (b) the United States where the Department determines that the claim, if successful, is likely to directly affect the operations of the Department or any of its components; or (c) any Department employee in his or her individual capacity where the Department of Justice has agreed to represent such employee, for example, in defending a claim against the Public Health Service based upon an individual's mental or physical condition and alleged to have arisen because of activities of the Public Health Service in connection with such individual, disclosure may be made to the Department of Justice to enable that Department to present an effective defense, provided that such disclosure is compatible with the purpose for which the records were collected.

Records may be disclosed for a research purpose, when CDC is authorized to share information on aliens with the Social Security Administration to determine eligibility for benefits, pursuant to Section 1631(e) of the Social Security Act as amended by Public Law 103-296, or as otherwise provided for in the Social Security Act.

Records may be disclosed to appropriate federal agencies and Department contractors that have a need to know the information for the purpose of assisting the Department's efforts to respond to a suspected or confirmed breach of the security or confidentiality of information disclosed is relevant and necessary for that assistance.

IV. Effects of the Proposed System of Records on Individual Rights

The first routine use permits an individual may learn if a record exists about himself or herself is by contacting the system manager at the address above. Requesters in person must provide driver's license or other positive identification. Individuals who do not appear in person must either: (1) Submit a notarized request to verify their identity; or (2) certify that they are the individuals they claim to be and that they understand that the knowing and willful request for or acquisition of a record pertaining to an individual under false pretenses is a criminal offense under the Privacy Act subject to a $5,000 fine.

An individual who requests notification of or access to medical records shall, at the time the request is made, designate in writing a responsible representative who is willing to review the record and inform the subject individual of its contents at the representative's discretion.

A parent or guardian who requests notification of, or access to, a child's medical record shall designate a family physician or other health professional (other than a family member) to whom the record, if any, will be sent. The parent or guardian must verify relationship to the child by means of a birth certificate or court order, as well as verify that he or she is who he or she claims to be.

Same as notification procedures. Requesters should also reasonably specify the record contents being sought. An accounting of disclosures that have been made of the record, if any, may be requested.

The following information must be provided when requesting notification: (1) Full name; (2) the approximate date and place of the study, if known; and (3) nature of the questionnaire or study in which the requester participated.

V. Safeguards

The records in this System are stored in Individual File folders and can be retrieved by their name.

The records have the following safeguards in place:

Authorized Users: Access is granted to only a limited number of personnel, i.e., program manager and immediate support members, as authorized by the system manager to accomplish the stated purposes for which the data in this system have been collected.

Physical Safeguards: Locked cabinets in locked rooms, 24-hour guard service in buildings, personnel screening of visitors, electronic anti-intrusion devices in operation at the Federal Records Center.

Procedural Safeguards: Users of individually identified data protect information from public scrutiny, and only specifically authorized personnel may be admitted to the record storage area. CDC employees who maintain records are instructed to check with the system manager prior to making disclosures of data.

Implementation Guidelines: These practices are in compliance with the safeguards outlined with Chapter 45-13, “Safeguarding Records Contained in Systems of Records,” of the HHS General Administration Manual. FRC safeguards are in compliance with GSA Federal Property Management Regulations, Subchapter B—Archives and Records.

Records are maintained in agency for five years. Disposal methods include burning or shredding paper materials or transferring records to the Federal Records Center when no longer needed for evaluation and analysis. Records destroyed by paper recycling process when 10 years old, unless needed for further study.

VI. OMB Control Numbers, Expiration Dates, and Titles of Information Collection

A. Full Title: “Alien Mental Waiver Program, HHS/CDC/NCID.”

OMB Control Number: 09-20-0102.

Expiration Date: TBD.

VII. Supporting Documentation

A. Preamble and Proposed Notice of System for publication in the Federal Register.

B. Agency Rules: None.

C. Exemption Requested: None.

D. Computer Matching Report: The new system does not require a matching report in accordance with the computer matching provisions of the Privacy Act.

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