Privacy Act of 1974; Revisions to OIG's Privacy Act System of Records-Criminal Investigative Files, 71180-71182 [E6-20848]

Download as PDF 71180 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 236 / Friday, December 8, 2006 / Notices a freestanding facility. In addition, section 1866(b)(2) of the Act authorizes hospitals and other providers to impose deductible and coinsurance charges for facility services, but does not allow such charges by facilities or organizations which are not provider-based. Implementation of this provision requires that CMS have information from the required reports, so it can determine which facilities are providerbased. Form Number: CMS–R–240 (OMB#: 0938–0798); Frequency: Recordkeeping—On occasion; Affected Public: Business or other for-profit, Notfor-profit institutions; Number of Respondents: 750; Total Annual Responses: 872; Total Annual Hours: 26,063. To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, access CMS’ Web site address at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/ PaperworkReductionActof1995, or Email your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS document identifier, to Paperwork@cms.hhs.gov, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (410) 786– 1326. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collections must be mailed or faxed within 30 days of this notice directly to the OMB desk officer: OMB Human Resources and Housing Branch, Attention: Carolyn Lovett, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, Fax Number: (202) 395–6974. Dated: November 30, 2006. Michelle Shortt, Director, Regulations Development Group, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs. [FR Doc. E6–20679 Filed 12–7–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Office of Inspector General Privacy Act of 1974; Revisions to OIG’s Privacy Act System of Records— Criminal Investigative Files Office of Inspector General (OIG), HHS. ACTION: Notice of revisions to existing Privacy Act systems of records. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is revising the existing system of records, entitled ‘‘Criminal Investigative Files’’ (09–90–0003), by updating the ‘‘Systems Location’’ VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:05 Dec 07, 2006 Jkt 211001 section of that document, and republishing the revised system of records in its entirety. This notice is in accordance with the Privacy Act requirement that agencies publish their amended systems of records in the Federal Register when there is a revision, change, or addition. This system of records, maintained by OIG, was last revised and updated on June 19, 2003 (68 FR 36828). EFFECTIVE DATE: These revisions will become effective on January 22, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joel Schaer, Regulations Officer, Office of External Affairs, (202) 619–0089. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Inspector General Act of 1978, 5 U.S.C. App. 3, the Criminal Investigative Files system of records is maintained for the purpose of (1) Conducting, documenting, and tracking investigations conducted by OIG or other investigative agencies regarding HHS programs and operations; (2) documenting the outcome of OIG reviews of allegations and complaints received concerning HHS programs and operations; (3) aiding in prosecutions brought against the subjects of OIG investigations; (4) maintaining a record of the activities that were the subject of investigations; (5) reporting the results of OIG investigations to other departmental components for their use in operating and evaluating their programs and the imposition of civil or administrative sanctions; and (6) acting as a repository and source for information necessary to fulfill the reporting requirements of 5 U.S.C. App. 3. This system of records was first published in the Federal Register on November 2, 1990 (55 FR 46248). The system of records was last revised and updated on June 19, 2003 (68 FR 36828), by adding a new routine use to allow disclosure of information to authorized officials within the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency, in compliance with requirements established by the Homeland Security Act of 2002. In accordance with the Privacy Act requirement that agencies publish their amended systems of records in the Federal Register when there is a revision, change, or addition, OIG has reviewed and is revising the criminal investigative files system of records by updating and amending the files’ ‘‘System Location’’ section. Records in this system have been located and maintained in OIG’s regional offices, and the update of the ‘‘Systems Location’’ section will simply reflect changes in mailing addresses and a PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 division of a region. Specifically, the updating of the system locations are necessary to reflect new regional mailing addresses, the change of the Region 7 headquarters office from Denver to Kansas City, and the division of Region 9 into two regions (San Francisco and Los Angeles). This change will not otherwise increase access to these records. Dated: December 4, 2006. Daniel R. Levinson, Inspector General. SYSTEM NAME: Criminal Investigative Files of the Inspector General HHS/OS/OIG. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION: None. SYSTEM LOCATION: Office of Inspector General, HHS, Room 5409, Wilbur J. Cohen Bldg., 330 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20201. Region 1, Office of Investigations (OI), OIG, JFK Federal Building, Room 2475, Boston, Massachusetts 02203. Region 2, OI, OIG, 26 Federal Plaza, Room 13–124, New York, New York 10278. Region 3, OI, OIG, Public Ledger Bldg., 150 South Independence Mall West, Suite 326, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106. Region 4, OI, OIG, Atlanta Federal Office, 61 Forsyth Street, SW., Suite 5T18, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. Region 5, OI, OIG, 233 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1330, Chicago, Illinois 60601. Region 6, OI, OIG, 1100 Commerce Street, Room 629, Dallas, Texas 75242. Region 7, OI, OIG, 1201 Walnut, Suite 920, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. Region 9, OI, OIG, 50 United Nations Plaza, Room 174, San Francisco, California 94102. Los Angeles Region, OI, OIG, 600 West Santa Ana Blvd., Suite 1100, Santa Ana, California 92701. CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS COVERED BY THE SYSTEM: Individuals relevant to a criminal investigation, including but not limited to the subjects of an investigation, complainants, and key witnesses where necessary for future retrieval. CATEGORIES OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM: Criminal investigative files and extracts from that file consisting of a computerized case management and tracking file. AUTHORITY FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE SYSTEM: The Inspector General Act of 1978, 5 U.S.C. App. 3, authorizes Inspectors E:\FR\FM\08DEN1.SGM 08DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 236 / Friday, December 8, 2006 / Notices General to conduct, supervise, and coordinate investigations relating to the programs and operations of their respective agencies. PURPOSE(S): Pursuant to the Inspector General Act of 1978, 5 U.S.C. App. 3, this system is maintained for the purpose of conducting, documenting, and tracking investigations conducted by the OIG or other investigative agencies regarding HHS programs and operations, documenting the outcome of OIG reviews of allegations and complaints received concerning HHS programs and operations, aiding in prosecutions brought against the subjects of OIG investigations, maintaining a record of the activities that were the subject of investigations, reporting the results of OIG investigations to other departmental components for their use in operating and evaluating their programs and the imposition of civil or administrative sanctions, and acting as a repository and source for information necessary to fulfill the reporting requirements of 5 U.S.C. App. 3. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES ROUTINE USES OF RECORDS MAINTAINED IN THE SYSTEM, INCLUDING CATEGORIES OF USERS AND PURPOSE OF SUCH USES: a. Information from this system of records may be disclosed to any other Federal agency or any foreign, State, or local government agency responsible for enforcing, investigating, or prosecuting violations of administrative, civil, or criminal law or regulation where that information is relevant to an enforcement proceeding, investigation, or prosecution within the agency’s jurisdiction. b. Information from this system of records may be disclosed to (1) The Department of Justice in connection with requests for legal advice and in connection with actual or potential criminal prosecutions or civil litigation pertaining to the Office of Inspector General, and (2) a Federal or State grand jury, a Federal or State court, administrative tribunal, opposing counsel, or witnesses in the course of civil or criminal proceedings pertaining to the Office of Inspector General. c. Information in this system of records may be disclosed to a Federal, State, or local agency maintaining civil, criminal or other relevant enforcement records or other pertinent records, such as current licenses, if necessary to obtain a record relevant to an agency decision concerning the hiring or retention of an employee, the issuance of a license, grant or other benefit. d. Information in this system of records may be disclosed to a Federal VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:05 Dec 07, 2006 Jkt 211001 agency in response to its request in connection with the hiring or retention of an employee, the issuance of a security clearance, the reporting of an investigation of an employee, the letting of a contract, or the issuance of a license grant, or other benefit by the requesting agency, to the extent that the record is relevant and necessary to the requesting agency’s decision on the matter. e. Relevant information may be disclosed from this system of records to the news media and general public where there exists a legitimate public interest, e.g., to provide information on events in the criminal process, such as indictments, and where necessary, for protection from imminent threat to life or property. f. Where Federal agencies having the power to subpoena other Federal agencies’ records, such as the Internal Revenue Service, or issue a subpoena to the department for records in this system or records, the department will make such records available. g. When the department contemplates that it will contract with a private firm for the purpose of collating, analyzing, aggregating or otherwise refining records in this system, relevant records will be disclosed to such contractor. The contractor shall be required to maintain Privacy Act safeguards with respect to such records. h. Disclosures may be made to organizations deemed qualified by the Secretary to carry out qualify assessments. i. Information from this system of records may be disclosed in the course of employee discipline of competence determination proceedings. j. Disclosures may be made to a congressional office from the record of an individual in response to an inquiry from the congressional office made at the request of the individual. k. Information from this system of records may be disclosed to the Department of Justice, to a judicial or administrative tribunal, opposing counsel, and witnesses, in the course of proceedings involving HHS, an HHS employee (where the matter pertains to the employee’s official duties), or the United States, or any agency thereof where the litigation is likely to affect HHS, or HHS is a party or has an interest in the litigation and the use of the information is relevant and necessary to the litigation. l. Information of this system of records may be disclosed to a Federal, State or local agency maintaining pertinent records, if necessary, to obtain a record relevant to a department decision concerning the hiring or retention of an employee, the issuance PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 71181 of a security clearance, the letting of a contract, or the issuance of a license, grant, or other benefit. m. Information from this system of records may be disclosed to third party contacts, including public and private organizations, in order to obtain information relevant and necessary to the investigation of potential violations in HHS programs and operations, or where disclosure would enable the OIG to identify violations in HHS programs or operations or otherwise assist the OIG in pursuing on-going investigations. n. A record may be disclosed to any official charged with the responsibility to conduct qualitative assessment reviews of internal safeguards and management procedures employed in investigative operations. This disclosure category includes members of the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency and officials and administrative staff within their investigative chain of command, as well as authorized officials of the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR STORING, RETRIEVING, REVIEWING, RETAINING, AND DISPOSING OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM STORAGE: The records, which take the form of index cards, investigative reports, microcomputer disks, computer mainframe files and computer printed listings are maintained under secure conditions in limited access areas. Written documents and computer disks are maintained in secure rooms, in security type safes or in lock bar file cabinets with manipulation proof combination locks. Computer mainframe files are on-line in guarded, combination locked computer rooms. RETRIEVABILITY: Records are retrievable by manual or computer search of indices containing the name or Social Security number of the individual to whom the record applies. Records may be crossreferenced by case or complaint number. SAFEGUARDS: Records are maintained in a restricted area and accessed only by department personnel. Access within the OIG is strictly limited to authorized staff members. All employees are given instructions on the sensitivity of such files and the restrictions on disclosure. Access within HHS is strictly limited to the Secretary, Under-Secretary, and other officials and employees on a needto-know basis. All mainframe computer files and printed listings are safeguarded E:\FR\FM\08DEN1.SGM 08DEN1 71182 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 236 / Friday, December 8, 2006 / Notices in accordance with the provisions of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Federal Information Processing Standards 41 and 31, and the HHS Information Resources Management Manual, Part 6, ‘‘ADP Systems Security.’’ RETENTION AND DISPOSAL: Investigative files are retained for 10 years after completion of the investigation and/or action based thereon. Paper and computer indices are retained permanently. The records control schedule and disposal standards may be obtained by writing to the Systems Manager at the address below. SYSTEM MANAGER(S) AND ADDRESS: Inspector General, Room 5250, Wilbur J. Cohen Building, Department of Health and Human Services, 330 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20201. NOTIFICATION PROCEDURES: Exempt. However, consideration will be given requests addressed to the system manager. For general inquiries, it would be helpful if the request included date of birth and Social Security number, as well as the name of the individual. RECORDS ACCESS PROCEDURE: Same as notification procedures. Requestors should also reasonably specify the record contents being sought. CONTESTING RECORD PROCEDURES: Contact the system manager at the address specified above, and reasonably identify the record, specify the information to be contested, and the corrective action sought with supporting justification. RECORD SOURCE CATEGORIES: OIG collects information from a wide variety of sources, including information from the department and other Federal, State, and local agencies, witnesses, complaints and other nongovernmental sources. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES SYSTEMS EXEMPTED FROM CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE ACT: In accordance with subsection (j)(2) of the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. 552a(j)(2), the Secretary has exempted this system from the access, amendment, correction, and notification provisions of the Act, 5 U.S.C. 552a(c)(3), (d)(1)–(4), (e)(3), and (e)(4)(G) and (H). [FR Doc. E6–20848 Filed 12–7–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4152–01–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:05 Dec 07, 2006 Jkt 211001 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Office of the Secretary [DHS–2006–0060] Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records Privacy Office; Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: Privacy Act System of Records Notice; extension of comment period. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This document provides additional time for interested persons to submit comments on the system of records notice for the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Automated Targeting System. DATES: Comments on the Privacy Act System of Records Notice must be received on or before December 29, 2006. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number, by one of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments via docket number DHS 2006–0060. • Fax: 202–572–8727. • Mail: Comments by mail may also be submitted to Hugo Teufel III, Chief Privacy Officer, 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general questions please contact: Laurence E. Castelli (202–572–8790), Chief, Privacy Act Policy and Procedures Branch, Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, Office of Regulations & Rulings, Mint Annex, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20229. For privacy issues please contact: Hugo Teufel III (571–227–3813), Chief Privacy Officer, Privacy Office, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background To provide expanded notice and transparency to the public, the PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a Privacy Act system of records notice (SORN) in the Federal Register regarding the Automated Targeting System (ATS) on November 2, 2006 (71 Fed. Reg. 64543). As detailed in the SORN, ATS is the enforcement screening module associated with the Treasury Enforcement Communications System and was previously covered by the Treasury Enforcement Communications System ‘‘System of Records Notice.’’ This system of records is subject to the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (5 U.S.C. 552a). The DHS Privacy Office published the Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for ATS on November 24, 2006 on its Web site, www.dhs.gov/privacy under ‘‘Privacy Impact Assessments.’’ The PIA provides additional background information and context for the SORN, including specific information on measures taken by DHS to protect the privacy of persons whose information might be found in ATS. The SORN referenced above did not identify or create any new collection of information; rather DHS merely provided additional notice and transparency of the functionality of these pre-existing systems. The SORN provided for a thirty day comment period which expired on December 4, 2006. Extension of Comment Period In response to the SORN published in the Federal Register, and the PIA published on the web, DHS has received a number of comments from the public requesting an extension of the comment period. DHS has decided to grant the request for the extension. Accordingly, the period of time for the submission of comments is being extended. Comments are now due on or before December 29, 2006. Dated: December 4, 2006. Hugo Teufel III, Chief Privacy Officer. [FR Doc. 06–9595 Filed 12–5–06; 11:07 am] BILLING CODE 4410–10–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard [USCG–2006–26298) Homeporting of Four National Security Cutters at Alameda, CA; Environmental Assessment AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\08DEN1.SGM Coast Guard, DHS. 08DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Office of Inspector General


Privacy Act of 1974; Revisions to OIG's Privacy Act System of 
Records--Criminal Investigative Files

AGENCY: Office of Inspector General (OIG), HHS.

ACTION: Notice of revisions to existing Privacy Act systems of records.

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SUMMARY: The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is revising the existing 
system of records, entitled ``Criminal Investigative Files'' (09-90-
0003), by updating the ``Systems Location'' section of that document, 
and republishing the revised system of records in its entirety. This 
notice is in accordance with the Privacy Act requirement that agencies 
publish their amended systems of records in the Federal Register when 
there is a revision, change, or addition. This system of records, 
maintained by OIG, was last revised and updated on June 19, 2003 (68 FR 
36828).

EFFECTIVE DATE: These revisions will become effective on January 22, 
2007.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joel Schaer, Regulations Officer, 
Office of External Affairs, (202) 619-0089.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Inspector General Act 
of 1978, 5 U.S.C. App. 3, the Criminal Investigative Files system of 
records is maintained for the purpose of (1) Conducting, documenting, 
and tracking investigations conducted by OIG or other investigative 
agencies regarding HHS programs and operations; (2) documenting the 
outcome of OIG reviews of allegations and complaints received 
concerning HHS programs and operations; (3) aiding in prosecutions 
brought against the subjects of OIG investigations; (4) maintaining a 
record of the activities that were the subject of investigations; (5) 
reporting the results of OIG investigations to other departmental 
components for their use in operating and evaluating their programs and 
the imposition of civil or administrative sanctions; and (6) acting as 
a repository and source for information necessary to fulfill the 
reporting requirements of 5 U.S.C. App. 3.
    This system of records was first published in the Federal Register 
on November 2, 1990 (55 FR 46248). The system of records was last 
revised and updated on June 19, 2003 (68 FR 36828), by adding a new 
routine use to allow disclosure of information to authorized officials 
within the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency, in 
compliance with requirements established by the Homeland Security Act 
of 2002.
    In accordance with the Privacy Act requirement that agencies 
publish their amended systems of records in the Federal Register when 
there is a revision, change, or addition, OIG has reviewed and is 
revising the criminal investigative files system of records by updating 
and amending the files' ``System Location'' section. Records in this 
system have been located and maintained in OIG's regional offices, and 
the update of the ``Systems Location'' section will simply reflect 
changes in mailing addresses and a division of a region. Specifically, 
the updating of the system locations are necessary to reflect new 
regional mailing addresses, the change of the Region 7 headquarters 
office from Denver to Kansas City, and the division of Region 9 into 
two regions (San Francisco and Los Angeles). This change will not 
otherwise increase access to these records.

    Dated: December 4, 2006.
Daniel R. Levinson,
Inspector General.
SYSTEM NAME:
    Criminal Investigative Files of the Inspector General HHS/OS/OIG.

SECURITY CLASSIFICATION:
    None.

SYSTEM LOCATION:
    Office of Inspector General, HHS, Room 5409, Wilbur J. Cohen Bldg., 
330 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20201.
    Region 1, Office of Investigations (OI), OIG, JFK Federal Building, 
Room 2475, Boston, Massachusetts 02203.
    Region 2, OI, OIG, 26 Federal Plaza, Room 13-124, New York, New 
York 10278.
    Region 3, OI, OIG, Public Ledger Bldg., 150 South Independence Mall 
West, Suite 326, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106.
    Region 4, OI, OIG, Atlanta Federal Office, 61 Forsyth Street, SW., 
Suite 5T18, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.
    Region 5, OI, OIG, 233 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1330, Chicago, 
Illinois 60601.
    Region 6, OI, OIG, 1100 Commerce Street, Room 629, Dallas, Texas 
75242.
    Region 7, OI, OIG, 1201 Walnut, Suite 920, Kansas City, Missouri 
64106.
    Region 9, OI, OIG, 50 United Nations Plaza, Room 174, San 
Francisco, California 94102.
    Los Angeles Region, OI, OIG, 600 West Santa Ana Blvd., Suite 1100, 
Santa Ana, California 92701.

CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS COVERED BY THE SYSTEM:
    Individuals relevant to a criminal investigation, including but not 
limited to the subjects of an investigation, complainants, and key 
witnesses where necessary for future retrieval.

CATEGORIES OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:
    Criminal investigative files and extracts from that file consisting 
of a computerized case management and tracking file.

AUTHORITY FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE SYSTEM:
    The Inspector General Act of 1978, 5 U.S.C. App. 3, authorizes 
Inspectors

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General to conduct, supervise, and coordinate investigations relating 
to the programs and operations of their respective agencies.

PURPOSE(S):
    Pursuant to the Inspector General Act of 1978, 5 U.S.C. App. 3, 
this system is maintained for the purpose of conducting, documenting, 
and tracking investigations conducted by the OIG or other investigative 
agencies regarding HHS programs and operations, documenting the outcome 
of OIG reviews of allegations and complaints received concerning HHS 
programs and operations, aiding in prosecutions brought against the 
subjects of OIG investigations, maintaining a record of the activities 
that were the subject of investigations, reporting the results of OIG 
investigations to other departmental components for their use in 
operating and evaluating their programs and the imposition of civil or 
administrative sanctions, and acting as a repository and source for 
information necessary to fulfill the reporting requirements of 5 U.S.C. 
App. 3.

ROUTINE USES OF RECORDS MAINTAINED IN THE SYSTEM, INCLUDING CATEGORIES 
OF USERS AND PURPOSE OF SUCH USES:
    a. Information from this system of records may be disclosed to any 
other Federal agency or any foreign, State, or local government agency 
responsible for enforcing, investigating, or prosecuting violations of 
administrative, civil, or criminal law or regulation where that 
information is relevant to an enforcement proceeding, investigation, or 
prosecution within the agency's jurisdiction.
    b. Information from this system of records may be disclosed to (1) 
The Department of Justice in connection with requests for legal advice 
and in connection with actual or potential criminal prosecutions or 
civil litigation pertaining to the Office of Inspector General, and (2) 
a Federal or State grand jury, a Federal or State court, administrative 
tribunal, opposing counsel, or witnesses in the course of civil or 
criminal proceedings pertaining to the Office of Inspector General.
    c. Information in this system of records may be disclosed to a 
Federal, State, or local agency maintaining civil, criminal or other 
relevant enforcement records or other pertinent records, such as 
current licenses, if necessary to obtain a record relevant to an agency 
decision concerning the hiring or retention of an employee, the 
issuance of a license, grant or other benefit.
    d. Information in this system of records may be disclosed to a 
Federal agency in response to its request in connection with the hiring 
or retention of an employee, the issuance of a security clearance, the 
reporting of an investigation of an employee, the letting of a 
contract, or the issuance of a license grant, or other benefit by the 
requesting agency, to the extent that the record is relevant and 
necessary to the requesting agency's decision on the matter.
    e. Relevant information may be disclosed from this system of 
records to the news media and general public where there exists a 
legitimate public interest, e.g., to provide information on events in 
the criminal process, such as indictments, and where necessary, for 
protection from imminent threat to life or property.
    f. Where Federal agencies having the power to subpoena other 
Federal agencies' records, such as the Internal Revenue Service, or 
issue a subpoena to the department for records in this system or 
records, the department will make such records available.
    g. When the department contemplates that it will contract with a 
private firm for the purpose of collating, analyzing, aggregating or 
otherwise refining records in this system, relevant records will be 
disclosed to such contractor. The contractor shall be required to 
maintain Privacy Act safeguards with respect to such records.
    h. Disclosures may be made to organizations deemed qualified by the 
Secretary to carry out qualify assessments.
    i. Information from this system of records may be disclosed in the 
course of employee discipline of competence determination proceedings.
    j. Disclosures may be made to a congressional office from the 
record of an individual in response to an inquiry from the 
congressional office made at the request of the individual.
    k. Information from this system of records may be disclosed to the 
Department of Justice, to a judicial or administrative tribunal, 
opposing counsel, and witnesses, in the course of proceedings involving 
HHS, an HHS employee (where the matter pertains to the employee's 
official duties), or the United States, or any agency thereof where the 
litigation is likely to affect HHS, or HHS is a party or has an 
interest in the litigation and the use of the information is relevant 
and necessary to the litigation.
    l. Information of this system of records may be disclosed to a 
Federal, State or local agency maintaining pertinent records, if 
necessary, to obtain a record relevant to a department decision 
concerning the hiring or retention of an employee, the issuance of a 
security clearance, the letting of a contract, or the issuance of a 
license, grant, or other benefit.
    m. Information from this system of records may be disclosed to 
third party contacts, including public and private organizations, in 
order to obtain information relevant and necessary to the investigation 
of potential violations in HHS programs and operations, or where 
disclosure would enable the OIG to identify violations in HHS programs 
or operations or otherwise assist the OIG in pursuing on-going 
investigations.
    n. A record may be disclosed to any official charged with the 
responsibility to conduct qualitative assessment reviews of internal 
safeguards and management procedures employed in investigative 
operations. This disclosure category includes members of the 
President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency and officials and 
administrative staff within their investigative chain of command, as 
well as authorized officials of the Department of Justice and the 
Federal Bureau of Investigation.

POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR STORING, RETRIEVING, REVIEWING, RETAINING, 
AND DISPOSING OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM
STORAGE:
    The records, which take the form of index cards, investigative 
reports, microcomputer disks, computer mainframe files and computer 
printed listings are maintained under secure conditions in limited 
access areas. Written documents and computer disks are maintained in 
secure rooms, in security type safes or in lock bar file cabinets with 
manipulation proof combination locks. Computer mainframe files are on-
line in guarded, combination locked computer rooms.

RETRIEVABILITY:
    Records are retrievable by manual or computer search of indices 
containing the name or Social Security number of the individual to whom 
the record applies. Records may be cross-referenced by case or 
complaint number.

SAFEGUARDS:
    Records are maintained in a restricted area and accessed only by 
department personnel. Access within the OIG is strictly limited to 
authorized staff members. All employees are given instructions on the 
sensitivity of such files and the restrictions on disclosure. Access 
within HHS is strictly limited to the Secretary, Under-Secretary, and 
other officials and employees on a need-to-know basis. All mainframe 
computer files and printed listings are safeguarded

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in accordance with the provisions of the National Institute of 
Standards and Technology Federal Information Processing Standards 41 
and 31, and the HHS Information Resources Management Manual, Part 6, 
``ADP Systems Security.''

RETENTION AND DISPOSAL:
    Investigative files are retained for 10 years after completion of 
the investigation and/or action based thereon. Paper and computer 
indices are retained permanently. The records control schedule and 
disposal standards may be obtained by writing to the Systems Manager at 
the address below.

SYSTEM MANAGER(S) AND ADDRESS:
    Inspector General, Room 5250, Wilbur J. Cohen Building, Department 
of Health and Human Services, 330 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, 
DC 20201.

NOTIFICATION PROCEDURES:
    Exempt. However, consideration will be given requests addressed to 
the system manager. For general inquiries, it would be helpful if the 
request included date of birth and Social Security number, as well as 
the name of the individual.

RECORDS ACCESS PROCEDURE:
    Same as notification procedures. Requestors should also reasonably 
specify the record contents being sought.

CONTESTING RECORD PROCEDURES:
    Contact the system manager at the address specified above, and 
reasonably identify the record, specify the information to be 
contested, and the corrective action sought with supporting 
justification.

RECORD SOURCE CATEGORIES:
    OIG collects information from a wide variety of sources, including 
information from the department and other Federal, State, and local 
agencies, witnesses, complaints and other nongovernmental sources.

SYSTEMS EXEMPTED FROM CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE ACT:
    In accordance with subsection (j)(2) of the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. 
552a(j)(2), the Secretary has exempted this system from the access, 
amendment, correction, and notification provisions of the Act, 5 U.S.C. 
552a(c)(3), (d)(1)-(4), (e)(3), and (e)(4)(G) and (H).

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