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Privacy Office, DHS.


Notice of Publication of Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA).


The Privacy Office of DHS is making available seven PIAs on various programs and systems in DHS. These assessments were approved and published on the Privacy Office's web site between September 1, 2011 and November 30, 2011.


The PIAs will be available on the DHS Web site until February 21, 2012, after which they may be obtained by contacting the DHS Privacy Office (contact information below).

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Mary Ellen Callahan, Chief Privacy Officer, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528, or email:

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Between September 1, 2011 and November 30, 2011, the Chief Privacy Officer of the DHS approved and published seven Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) on the DHS Privacy Office web site,​privacy, under the link for “Privacy Impact Assessments.” These PIAs cover seven separate DHS programs. Below is a short summary of those programs, indicating the DHS component responsible for the system, and the date on which the PIA was approved. Additional information can be found on the web site or by contacting the Privacy Office.

System: DHS/FEMA/PIA-018 Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR).

Component: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Date of approval: September 9, 2011.

FEMA, a component of DHS, manages a process for SAR. This process, assigned to FEMA's Office of the Chief Security Officer, is designed to collect, investigate, analyze, and report suspicious activities to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Joint Start Printed Page 78935Terrorism Task Force, Federal Protective Service, and/or other federal, state, or local law enforcement authorities required to investigate and respond to terrorist threats or hazards to homeland security. FEMA is conducted this PIA because this SAR process collects, maintains, and uses PII.

System: DHS/NPPD/US-VISIT/PIA-007(a) Biometric Interoperability Between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Component: National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) and United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT).

Date of approval: September 16, 2011.

In 2006, the US-VISIT Program of DHS and the Criminal Justice Information Services Division of the FBI, Department of Justice (DOJ), developed an interoperability project to support the sharing of information among DHS, DOJ, and their respective stakeholders. This PIA update was conducted to reflect the expansion of DHS-DOJ interoperability to include new users and uses not covered. In addition, this PIA allows users to access more data in IDENT.

System: DHS/ICE/PIA-031 Alien Medical Tracking Systems.

Component: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Date of approval: September 26, 2011.

ICE provides medical care to and maintains medical records about aliens that ICE detains for violations of U.S. immigration law. The ICE Health Service Corps, a division of ICE's Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations, has several information technology systems that are used to track information from medical records for aliens in ICE custody for various monitoring and reporting purposes. These are the Social Services Database, Hospitalization Database, Significant Detainee Illness Spreadsheet, Mental Health Coordination Database, Epidemiology Database, and Performance Improvement Database. This PIA describes the data maintained in these medical tracking systems, the purposes for which this information is collected and used, and the safeguards ICE has implemented to mitigate privacy and security risks to PII stored in these systems.

System: DHS/ICE/PIA-004(a) ICE Pattern Analysis and Information Collection (ICEPIC) Update.

Component: ICE.

Date of approval: October 26, 2011.

ICE has established a system called the ICEPIC system. ICEPIC is a toolset that assists ICE law enforcement agents and analysts in identifying suspect identities and discovering possible non-obvious relationships among individuals and organizations that are indicative of violations of the customs and immigration laws as well as possible terrorist threats and plots. The PIA for ICEPIC was published in January 2008. This PIA Update was completed to provide transparency related to the Law Enforcement Information Sharing Service that enables law enforcement agencies outside DHS to query certain information available through ICEPIC. Additionally, through LEIS DHS law enforcement personnel are able to query external law enforcement agencies' sensitive but unclassified law enforcement information.

System: DHS/ICE/PIA-015(c) Enforcement Integrated Database Update.

Component: ICE.

Date of approval: November 7, 2011.

The Enforcement Integrated Database (EID) is a DHS shared common database repository for several DHS law enforcement and homeland security applications. EID captures and maintains information related to the investigation, arrest, booking, detention, and removal of persons encountered during immigration and criminal law enforcement investigations and operations conducted by ICE, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, all components within DHS. The PIA for EID was published in January 2010. In July 2010, a PIA Update for EID was published to address an expansion of the information entered into EID and the scope of external information sharing. This EID PIA Update addresses planned changes to the types of information shared and an added method of sharing.

System: DHS/S&T/PIA-006 Protected Repository for the Defense of Infrastructure Against Cyber Threats (PREDICT).

Component: Science and Technology.

Date of approval: November 8, 2011.

The S&T Directorate's PREDICT system has undergone a PIA 3-Year Review. The PIA requires no changes and continues to accurately relate to its stated mission. PREDICT is a repository of test datasets of Internet traffic data that is made available to approved researchers and managed by an outside contractor serving as the PREDICT Coordination Center. The goal of PREDICT is to create a national research and development resource to bridge the gap between (a) the producers of security-relevant network operations data and (b) technology developers and evaluators who can use this data to accelerate the design, production, and evaluation of next-generation cyber security solutions, including commercial products.

System: DHS/ALL/PIA-013(a) PRISM System Update.

Component: DHS.

Date of approval: November 10, 2011.

DHS Management Directorate, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer is the owner of the PRISM contract writing management system. PRISM provides comprehensive, Federal Acquisition Regulation-based acquisition support for all DHS headquarters entities. The purpose of this PIA update is to reflect changes to the collection of information, and the addition of a classified PRISM system.

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Dated: December 12, 2011.

Mary Ellen Callahan,

Chief Privacy Officer, Department of Homeland Security.

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[FR Doc. 2011-32483 Filed 12-19-11; 8:45 am]