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Departmental Offices, Treasury.


Notice of proposed Privacy Act System of Records.


In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, the Departmental Offices, U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”), on behalf of itself and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”), gives notice of the establishment of a new Privacy Act System of Records.


Comments must be received no later than August 8, 2011. The new Database will be effective August 16, 2011, unless the comments received result in a contrary determination.


Comments should be sent to Claire Stapleton, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau implementation team, 1801 L Street, NW., Washington, DC 20036. Comments will be made available for inspection upon written request. Treasury will make such comments available for public inspection and copying in Treasury's Library, Room 1428, Main Treasury Building, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20220, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time. You can make an appointment to inspect comments by telephoning (202) 622-0990. All comments, including attachments and other supporting materials, will become part of the public record and subject to public disclosure. You should submit only information that you wish to make publicly available.

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Claire Stapleton, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau implementation team, 1801 L Street, NW., Washington, DC 20036, (202) 435-7220.

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The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Act”), Public Law 111-203, Title X, established the CFPB. Once fully operational, the CFPB will administer, enforce and implement Federal consumer financial law, and, among other powers, will have authority to protect consumers from unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices when obtaining consumer financial products or services. The Act grants Treasury certain “interim authority” to help stand up the agency.

The new system of records described in this notice, Treasury/DO .321- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Implementation Team External Affairs Start Printed Page 39979Database, will maintain records relating to all external affairs communications, including, without limitation, personally identifiable information regarding CFPB employees who participate in external affairs events and individuals who request CFPB participation in external affairs events. The CFPB implementation team, which includes both Treasury and CFPB personnel, will maintain the records covered by this notice.

The report of the new database of records has been submitted to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the House of Representatives, the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate, and the Office of Management and Budget, pursuant to Appendix I to OMB Circular A-130, “Federal Agency Responsibilities for Maintaining Records About Individuals,” dated November 30, 2000, and the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. 552a(r).

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Dated: June 23, 2011.

Melissa Hartman,

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Privacy, Transparency, and Records.

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System Name:

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Implementation Team External Affairs Database.

System Location:

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau implementation team, 1801 L Street, NW., Washington, DC 20036.

Categories of individuals covered by the system:

Individuals covered by this system include all individuals involved in the CFPB's external affairs communications, including CFPB employees who engage in external affairs communications, and representatives of the media, non-profit organizations or the private sector or others who request the CFPB's participation in external events or otherwise participate in the CFPB's external affairs communications.

Categories of records in the system:

Records in the system will include external affairs communications information, such as: (1) Contact information (name, business phone number, email address) for individuals who are involved in the CFPB implementation team's external affairs communications; (2) lists of assignments, biographies, speaking engagements, and interviews; (3) communications between CFPB implementation team staff and media representatives; and (4) information about CFPB implementation team staff who ask the CFPB implementation team to publish information/articles about them.

Authority for maintenance of the system:

Public Law 111-203, Title X, Sections 1012, 1066, codified at 12 U.S.C. 5492, 5586.


The purpose of the system is to enable the CFPB implementation team to communicate with the American public about its mission and activities. The information will be used to facilitate CFPB implementation team's external affairs activities, including external contacts with the media, non-profits, and the private sector. The information collected will also facilitate CFPB implementation team events and press conferences.

Routine uses of records maintained in the system, including categories of users and the purposes of such uses:

These records may be disclosed to:

(1) Appropriate agencies, entities, and persons when: (a) Treasury or the CFPB suspects or has confirmed that the security or confidentiality of information in the system of records has been compromised; (b) Treasury or the CFPB 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 Treasury or the CFPB or another agency or entity) that rely upon the compromised information; and (c) the disclosure made to such agencies, entities, and persons is reasonably necessary to assist in connection with Treasury's or the CFPB's efforts to respond to the suspected or confirmed compromise and prevent, minimize, or remedy such harm;

(2) A contractor or agent who needs to have access to this system or records to perform an assigned activity;

(3) The U.S. The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) for its use in providing legal advice to the Treasury or the CFPB or in representing the Treasury or the CFPB in a proceeding before court, adjudicative body, or other administrative body before which the Treasury or CFPB is authorized to appear, where the use of such information by the DOJ is deemed by the Treasury or CFPB to be relevant and necessary to the litigation, and such proceeding names as a party or interests:

(a) The Treasury or any component thereof;

(b) The CFPB;

(c) Any employee of the Treasury or the CFPB in his or her official capacity;

(d) Any employee of the Treasury or the CFPB in his or her individual capacity where DOJ has agreed to represent the employee; or

(e) The United States, where the Treasury or the CFPB determines that litigation is likely to affect the Treasury or any of its components or the CFPB;

(4) Third parties to the extent necessary to facilitate an external affairs activity;

(5) A court, magistrate, or administrative tribunal, including disclosures to opposing counsel or witnesses in the course of civil discovery, litigation, or settlement negotiations or in connection with criminal law proceedings when Treasury or the CFPB is a party to the proceeding or has a significant interest in the proceeding;

(6) A grand jury pursuant either to a federal or state grand jury subpoena, or to a prosecution request that such record be released for the purpose of its introduction to a grand jury, where the subpoena or request has been specifically approved by a court;

(7) Congressional offices in response to an inquiry made at the request of the individual to whom the record pertains; and

(8) Members of the media or other recipients of the CFBP's external affairs communications to inform them about attendees and invited guests of CFPB media events and press briefings.

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


Records maintained in this system are stored electronically and in file folders. Paper copies of individual records are made by the authorized CFPB implementation team staff.


Records are retrievable by the name of the individual or organization, date of received inquiry or request, assigned file number, or email address.


Access to electronic records is restricted to authorized personnel who have been issued non-transferrable access codes and passwords. Other records are maintained in locked file cabinets or rooms with access limited to those personnel whose official duties require access.

Retention and disposal:

Computer and paper records will be maintained indefinitely until a records Start Printed Page 39980disposition schedule is approved by the National Archives Records Administration.

System manager(s) and address:

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau implementation team, 1801 L Street, NW., Washington, DC 20036.

Notification procedure:

Individuals seeking notification and access to any record contained in this Database, or seeking to contest its content, may inquire in writing in accordance with instructions appearing at 31 CFR part 1, subpart C, appendix A. Address such requests to: Director, Disclosure Services, Department of Treasury, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20220.

Record access procedures:

See “Notification Procedures” above.

Contesting record procedures:

See “Notification Procedures” above.

Record source categories:

Information in this system is obtained directly from: the individual who is the subject of these records, and/or the agency or organization that the individual represents; the CFPB implementation team staff involved in external affairs operations.

Exemptions claimed for the system:


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[FR Doc. 2011-17024 Filed 7-6-11; 8:45 am]