Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records, 23139-23142 [2020-08616]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 80 / Friday, April 24, 2020 / Notices HISTORY: None. [FR Doc. 2020–08615 Filed 4–23–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320–01–P DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS [OMB Control No. 2900–0051] Agency Information Collection Activity: State Approving Agency Reports and Notices Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VBA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed revision of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. DATES: Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection of information should be received on or before June 23, 2020. ADDRESSES: Submit written comments on the collection of information through Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) at www.Regulations.gov or to Nancy J. Kessinger, Veterans Benefits Administration (20M33), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20420 or email to nancy.kessinger@va.gov. Please refer to ‘‘OMB Control No. 2900–0051’’ in any correspondence. During the comment period, comments may be viewed online through FDMS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Danny S. Green at (202) 421–1354. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA of 1995, Federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. This request for comment is being made pursuant to Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA. With respect to the following collection of information, VBA invites comments on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of VBA’s functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of VBA’s estimate of the khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:03 Apr 23, 2020 Jkt 250001 burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or the use of other forms of information technology. Authority: 38 CFR 21.4154, 21.4250(b), 21.4258, 21.4259: 38 CFR 21.4154 which, addresses reporting SAA activities (38 U.S.C. 3674(c)), 38 CFR 21.4250(b) which addresses notices of approvals, suspension of approvals, and disapprovals (38 U.S.C. 3678, 3679), 38 CFR 21.4258 which addresses notices of approvals, and 38 CFR 21.4259 which addresses notices of suspension or disapproval. Title: State Approving Agency Reports and Notices. OMB Control Number: 2900–0051. Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection. Abstract: Information collected under 38 CFR 21.4154—The SAA reports its activities to VA quarterly. The SAA does so electronically by completing a web-based screen. VA uses the information in the reports to support the reimbursement of activities of the SAA. Information collected under 38 CFR 21.4250(b), 21.4258, and 21.4259—The SAA prepares notices of approval to inform educational institutions, training establishments, and organizations or entities that their courses, training, or tests are not approved or the approval of previously approved courses, training, or tests is suspended. The SAA must also send VA a copy of each of these notices. There are 57 SAAs, each with its own jurisdiction for approval of courses, training, or tests. Some States have more than one SAA because one internal agency is responsible for schools, another for workplace training. Additionally, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have authorized SAA jurisdictions. The SAA approves, disapproves, or suspends program approval based on the criteria in 38 U.S.C. chapter 36. Some of the criteria used in these determinations include site visits; and review of course materials, training programs, instructors’ credentials, or review of tests for licensure and certification. VA uses the approval notice information (or lack thereof) to determine if payment of educational assistance is appropriate. Under 38 U.S.C. 3680, VA may not provide educational assistance to any eligible veteran or eligible person if his or her educational program or training PO 00000 Frm 00147 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23139 program does not meet the requirements of 38 U.S.C. 3670 et seq. Without these notices, VA would not know which programs the SAA determined met the criteria in 38 U.S.C. chapter 36. Without disapproval notices, or notices of suspended approval, VA would make inappropriate payments to Veterans and their dependents. 38 CFR 21.4258(a) requires the SAA list individual programs approved in the notice. This requirement is needed since not all courses/programs an educational institution provides are approvable under 38 U.S.C. chapter 36. For example, some schools offer courses that are recreational in nature. Payment for recreational courses is prohibited under 38 U.S.C. 3680A. Listing approved courses in the notice ensures VA pays educational assistance for only those courses/programs approved. Affected Public: Individuals and households. Estimated Annual Burden: 68,043 hours. Estimated Average Burden per Respondent: 15 hours. Frequency of Response: Once Quarterly. Estimated Number of Respondents: 4,578. By direction of the Secretary. Danny S. Green, VA PRA Clearance Officer, Office of Quality, Performance and Risk, Department of Veterans Affairs. [FR Doc. 2020–08678 Filed 4–23–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320–01–P DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records AGENCY: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). ACTION: Notice of a modified system of records. As required by the Privacy Act of 1974, notice is hereby given that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending the system of records currently entitled, ‘‘Education Debt Reduction Program-VA’’ (115VA10). VA is amending the system of records by revising the System Number; System Location; System Manager; Record Source Categories; Routine Uses of Records Maintained in the System, Including Categories of Users and the Purposes of Such Uses; Policies and Practices for Retention and Disposal of Records; Physical, Administrative and Procedural Safeguards; Record Access Procedure; and Notification Procedure. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\24APN1.SGM 24APN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 23140 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 80 / Friday, April 24, 2020 / Notices VA is republishing the system notice in its entirety. DATES: Comments on this amended system of records must be received no later than May 26, 2020. If no public comment is received during the period allowed for comment or unless otherwise published in the Federal Register by the VA, the new system will become effective May 26, 2020. ADDRESSES: Written comments may be submitted through www.Regulations.gov; by mail or handdelivery to Director, Regulation Policy and Management (00REG), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW, Room 1064, Washington, DC 20420; or by fax to (202) 273–9026 (Note: Not a toll-free number). Comments should indicate they are submitted in response to ‘‘Education Debt Reduction Program-VA’’ (115VA102). Copies of comments received will be available for public inspection in the Office of Regulation Policy and Management, Room 1063B, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except holidays). Please call (202) 461–4902 for an appointment (Note: not a toll-free number). In addition, comments may be viewed online at www.Regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephania Griffin, Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Privacy Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20420; telephone (704) 245–2492. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The System Number will be changed from 115VA10 to 115VA10A2 to reflect the current organizational alignment. The System Location is being amended to replace Austin Automation Center (AAC) with Austin Information Technology Center (AITC). Also being removed, ‘‘Address locations for VA facilities are listed in VA Appendix 1 of the biennial publication of VA Privacy Act Issuances.’’ which is replaced with ‘‘Address locations for VA facilities may be found at https://www.va.gov/ directory/guide/home.asp.’’ The System Manager, Record Source Categories, Record Access Procedure, and Notification Procedure has been amended to replace, ‘‘Director, Health Care Staff Development and Retention Office (10A2D), Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, 1555 Poydras Street, Suite 1971, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112. The telephone number is (504) 589–5267.’’ with ‘‘Director, Human Capital Management (10A2A4) (HCM), Education Loan Repayment Services (ELRS), 55 N Robinson Avenue, Suite VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:52 Apr 23, 2020 Jkt 250001 1010, Oklahoma City, OK 73102. The telephone number is (405) 552–4346.’’ The Routine Uses of Records Maintained in the System has been amended by amending the language in Routine Use #11 which states that disclosure of the records to the DoJ is a use of the information contained in the records that is compatible with the purpose for which VA collected the records. VA may disclose records in this system of records in legal proceedings before a court or administrative body after determining that the disclosure of the records to the court or administrative body is a use of the information contained in the records that is compatible with the purpose for which VA collected the records. This routine use will now state that release of the records to the DoJ is limited to circumstances where relevant and necessary to the litigation. VA may disclose records in this system of records in legal proceedings before a court or administrative body after determining that release of the records to the court or administrative body is limited to circumstances where relevant and necessary to the litigation. Routine Use #15 is clarifying the language to state, ‘‘VA may disclose any information or records to appropriate agencies, entities, and persons when (1) VA suspects or has confirmed that there has been a breach of the system of records; (2) VA has determined that as a result of the suspected or confirmed breach there is a risk to individuals, VA (including its information systems, programs, and operations), the Federal Government, or national security; and (3) the disclosure made to such agencies, entities, or persons is reasonably necessary to assist in connection with VA efforts to respond to the suspected or confirmed breach or to prevent, minimize, or remedy such harm.’’ Routine use #16 is being added to state, ‘‘VA may disclose information from this system to another Federal agency or Federal entity, when VA determines that information from this system of records is reasonably necessary to assist the recipient agency or entity in (1) responding to a suspected or confirmed breach or (2) preventing, minimizing, or remedying the risk of harm to individuals, the recipient agency or entity (including its information systems, programs, and operations), the Federal Government, or national security, resulting from a suspected or confirmed breach. VA needs this routine use for the data breach response and remedial efforts with another Federal agency.’’ PO 00000 Frm 00148 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The Policies and Practices for Retention and Disposal of Records is being amended to remove, ‘‘Records will be maintained and disposed of in accordance with records disposition authority approved by the Archivist of the United States.’’ This section will now state that these records are under the following records schedule; Record Control Schedule (RCS) 10–1 item 1000.40a, Educational Activity Records. Temporary; destroy 7 years after the education activity is closed. (N1–015– 11–4, Item 1) or 1140.1. Clinical Trainee Onboarding Case File (CTOCF). Temporary; cutoff, case files at the end of the calendar year in which the academic year is completed. Transfer to Federal Record Center (FRC) when 7 years old. Destroy 25 years after cutoff. (DAA–0015–2016–0004, item 1). The Physical, Administrative and Procedural Safeguards is being amended to replace Austin Automation Center (AAC) with Austin Information Technology Center (AITC). The Report of Intent to Amend a System of Records Notice and an advance copy of the system notice have been sent to the appropriate Congressional committees and to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as required by the Privacy Act and guidelines issued by OMB on December 12, 2000. Signing Authority: The Senior Agency Official for Privacy, or designee, approved this document and authorized the undersigned to sign and submit the document to the Office of the Federal Register for publication electronically as an official document of the Department of Veterans Affairs. James P. Gfrerer, Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology and Chief Information Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs, approved this document on March 6, 2020 for publication. Dated: April 20, 2020. Amy L. Rose, Program Analyst, VA Privacy Service, Department of Veterans Affairs. SYSTEM NAME AND NUMBER: ‘‘Education Debt Reduction ProgramVA’’ (115VA10). SECURITY CLASSIFICATION: Unclassified. SYSTEM LOCATION: Records will be maintained at the Health Care Staff Development and Retention Office (HCSDRO/10A2A7), Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), 1555 Poydras Street, Suite 1971, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112; the Austin Information Technology Center (AITC). E:\FR\FM\24APN1.SGM 24APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 80 / Friday, April 24, 2020 / Notices Department of Veterans Affairs, 1615 East Woodward Street, Austin, Texas 78772; and the VA health care facilities and VISN offices where scholarship recipients are employed. Address locations for VA health care facilities may be found at https://www.va.gov/ directory/guide/home.asp. Complete records will be maintained only at the HCSDRO address. SYSTEM MANAGER(S): Crystal Cruz, Deputy Director, Human Capital Management (10A2A4) (HCM), Education Loan Repayment Services (ELRS), Crystal.Cruz@va.gov, (405) 552– 4339, 55 N Robinson Avenue, Suite 1010, Oklahoma City, OK 73102. AUTHORITY FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE SYSTEM: Title 38, United States Code, sections 501, 503, 7451, 7452, and 7431–7440. RECORD SOURCE CATEGORIES: PURPOSE(S) OF THE SYSTEM: The records and information may be used for determining and documenting individual applicant eligibility for debt reduction awards; determining the debt reduction payment amounts and the related service periods for award recipients; ensuring that award amounts are consistent with applicable law, regulations and policy; monitoring the employment status of scholarship recipients during their service periods; terminating an employee’s participation in the program; and evaluating and reporting program results and effectiveness. CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS COVERED BY THE SYSTEM: VA employees who apply for and are granted or denied educational assistance awards under the provisions of the VA Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) serving under an appointment under Title 38 U.S.C., Section 7402(b) in a position for which retention of qualified healthcare personnel is difficult. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES CATEGORIES OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM: Records (or information contained in records) in this system may include: Personal identification information related to the application material, award processes, employment, and EDRP service periods such as (1) name, (2) employing facility number, (3) telephone number(s), (4) social security number, (5) debt reduction payment amounts, (6) dates of service periods, (7) name and address of the lending institution, (8) academic degree obtained for which EDRP funding is requested, (9) name and address of academic institution, (10) original amount of loan, and (11) current loan balance. Most of this information is VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:03 Apr 23, 2020 contained on the application for an EDRP award including the applicant’s full name, employing facility number, home and work telephone numbers, social security number, job title, degree obtained for which funding is requested, name and address of the academic institution, and the amount and number of debt reduction payments requested. The EDRP Loan Verification Form contains the candidate’s name and social security number, name and address of the lending institution, original loan amount, current loan amount, and the purpose of the loan as stated on the loan application. The EDRP Acceptance of Conditions contains the name of a candidate approved for an award and the authorized number of debt reduction payments and their related amounts. Jkt 250001 Individuals seeking information regarding access to and contesting of VA records in this system may write, call or visit the Director, Human Capital Management (10A2A4) (HCM), Education Loan Repayment Services (ELRS), 55 N Robinson Avenue, Suite 1010, Oklahoma City, OK 73102. The telephone number is (405) 552–4346. ROUTINE USES OF RECORDS MAINTAINED IN THE SYSTEM, INCLUDING CATEGORIES OF USERS AND THE PURPOSES OF SUCH USES: To the extent that records contained in the system include information protected by 45 CFR parts 160 and 164, i.e., individually identifiable health information, and 38 U.S.C. 7332, i.e., medical treatment information related to drug abuse, alcoholism or alcohol abuse, sickle cell anemia or infection with the human immunodeficiency virus, that information cannot be disclosed under a routine use unless there is also specific statutory authority in 38 U.S.C. 7332 and regulatory authority in 45 CFR parts 160 and 164 permitting disclosure. 1. Disclosure of any information in this system that is necessary to verify authenticity of the application may be made to lending institutions and other relevant organizations or individuals. 2. Disclosure of any information in this system may be made to a Federal agency in order to determine if an applicant has any obligation under another Federal program that would render the applicant ineligible to participate in the Education Debt Reduction Program. 3. Any information in the system may be used to evaluate and report program results and effectiveness to appropriate officials including members of Congress on a routine and ad hoc basis. 4. VA may disclose information from the record of an individual in response PO 00000 Frm 00149 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23141 to an inquiry from the congressional office made at the request of that individual. 5. Disclosure may be made to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the General Services Administration (GSA) for the purpose of records management inspections conducted under authority of Title 44, Chapter 29 of the United States Code. 6. Disclosure of information to the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), including its General Counsel, when requested in connection with the investigation and resolution of allegations of unfair labor practices, in connection with the resolution of exceptions to arbitrator awards when a question of material fact is raised, in connection with matters before the Federal Service Impasses Panel, and to investigate representation petitions and conduct or supervise representation elections. 7. Disclosure may be made to officials of labor organizations recognized under 5 U.S.C. chapter 71 when relevant and necessary to their duties of exclusive representation concerning personnel policies, practices, and matters affecting working conditions. 8. Disclosure may be made to the VA appointed representative of an employee, including all notices, determinations, decisions, or other written communications issued to the employee in connection with an examination ordered by VA under medical evaluation (formerly fitness-for duty) examination procedures or Department-filed disability retirement procedures. 9. Disclosure may be made to officials of the Merit Systems Protection Board, including the Office of the Special Counsel, when requested in connection with appeals, special studies of the civil service and other merit systems, review of rules and regulations, investigation of alleged or possible prohibited personnel practices, and such other functions, promulgated in 5 U.S.C. 1205 and 1206, or as may be authorized by law. 10. Disclosure may be made to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission when requested in connection with investigations of alleged or possible discrimination practices, examination of Federal affirmative employment programs, compliance with the Uniform Guidelines of Employee Selection Procedures, or other functions of the Commission as authorized by law or regulation. 11. VA may disclose information in this system of records to the Department of Justice (DoJ), either on VA’s initiative E:\FR\FM\24APN1.SGM 24APN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 23142 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 80 / Friday, April 24, 2020 / Notices or in response to DoJ’s request for the information, after either VA or DoJ determines that such information is relevant to DoJ’s representation of the United States or any of its components in legal proceedings before a court or adjudicative body, provided that, in each case, the agency also determines prior to disclosure that release of the records to the DoJ is limited to circumstances where relevant and necessary to the litigation. VA may disclose records in this system of records in legal proceedings before a court or administrative body after determining that release of the records to the court or administrative body is limited to circumstances where relevant and necessary to the litigation. 12. Disclosure of relevant information may be made to individuals, organizations, private or public agencies, etc., with whom VA has a contract or agreement to perform such services as VA may deem practicable for the purposes of laws administered by VA, in order for the contractor or subcontractor to perform the services of the contract or agreement. 13. VA may disclose any information in this system, except the names and home addresses of Veterans and their dependents, which is relevant to a suspected or reasonably imminent violation of law, whether civil, criminal or regulatory in nature and whether arising by general or program statute or by regulation, rule or order issued pursuant thereto, to a Federal, State, local, tribal, or foreign agency charged with the responsibility of investigating or prosecuting such violation, or charged with enforcing or implementing the statute, regulation, rule or order. VA may also disclose the names and addresses of Veterans and their dependents to a Federal agency charged with the responsibility of investigating or prosecuting civil, criminal or regulatory violations of law, or charged with enforcing or implementing the statute, regulation, rule or order issued pursuant thereto. 14. Disclosure to other Federal agencies may be made to assist such agencies in preventing and detecting possible fraud or abuse by individuals in their operations and programs. 15. VA may disclose any information or records to appropriate agencies, entities, and persons when (1) VA suspects or has confirmed that there has been a breach of the system of records; VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:03 Apr 23, 2020 Jkt 250001 (2) VA has determined that as a result of the suspected or confirmed breach there is a risk to individuals, VA (including its information systems, programs, and operations), the Federal Government, or national security; and (3) the disclosure made to such agencies, entities, or persons is reasonably necessary to assist in connection with VA efforts to respond to the suspected or confirmed breach or to prevent, minimize, or remedy such harm. 16. VA may disclose information from this system to another Federal agency or Federal entity, when VA determines that information from this system of records is reasonably necessary to assist the recipient agency or entity in (1) responding to a suspected or confirmed breach or (2) preventing, minimizing, or remedying the risk of harm to individuals, the recipient agency or entity (including its information systems, programs, and operations), the Federal Government, or national security, resulting from a suspected or confirmed breach. POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR STORAGE OF RECORDS: Records are maintained on paper, electronic media and computer printouts. POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR RETRIEVAL OF RECORDS: Records are retrieved by use of the award number or an equivalent participant account number assigned by HCSDRO, Social Security Number and the name of the individual. POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR RETENTION AND DISPOSAL OF RECORDS: These records are under the following records schedule; Record Control Schedule (RCS) 10–1 item 1000.40a, Educational Activity Records. Temporary; destroy 7 years after the education activity is closed. (N1–015– 11–4, Item 1) or 1140.1. Clinical Trainee Onboarding Case File (CTOCF). Temporary; cutoff, case files at the end of the calendar year in which the academic year is completed. Transfer to Federal Record Center (FRC) when 7 years old. Destroy 25 years after cutoff. (DAA–0015–2016–0004, item 1). ADMINISTRATIVE, TECHNICAL AND PHYSICAL SAFEGUARDS: Access to the basic file in HCSDRO is restricted to authorized VA employees and vendors. Access to the office spaces PO 00000 Frm 00150 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 where electronic media is maintained within HCSDRO is further restricted to specifically authorized employees and is protected by contracted building security services. Records (typically computer printouts) at HCSDRO will be kept in locked files and made available only to authorized personnel on a needto-know basis. During non-working hours the file is locked, and the building is protected by contracted building security services. Records stored on electronic media are maintained on a VA-approved and managed, password protected, secure local area network (LAN) located within HCSDRO office spaces and safeguarded as described above. Records stored on electronic media at Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) Offices, VA health care facilities and the AITC in Austin, Texas, are provided equivalent safeguards subject to local policies mandating protection of information subject to Federal safeguards. RECORD ACCESS PROCEDURE: Individuals seeking information regarding access to and contesting of VA records in this system may write, call or visit the Director, Human Capital Management (10A2A4) (HCM), Education Loan Repayment Services (ELRS), 55 N Robinson Avenue, Suite 1010, Oklahoma City, OK 73102. The telephone number is (405) 552–4346. CONTESTING RECORD PROCEDURES: (See Record Access Procedures above.) NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE: Any individual who wishes to determine whether a record is being maintained in this system under his or her name or other personal identifier, or wants to determine the contents of such records, should submit a written request or apply in person to Director, Human Capital Management (10A2A4) (HCM), Education Loan Repayment Services (ELRS), 55 N Robinson Avenue, Suite 1010, Oklahoma City, OK 73102. The telephone number is (405) 552–4346. EXEMPTIONS PROMULGATED FOR THE SYSTEM: None. HISTORY: Last full publication provided in 74 FR 21432 dated May 8, 2009. 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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 80 (Friday, April 24, 2020)]
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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS


Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records

AGENCY: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

ACTION: Notice of a modified system of records.

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SUMMARY: As required by the Privacy Act of 1974, notice is hereby given 
that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending the system of 
records currently entitled, ``Education Debt Reduction Program-VA'' 
(115VA10). VA is amending the system of records by revising the System 
Number; System Location; System Manager; Record Source Categories; 
Routine Uses of Records Maintained in the System, Including Categories 
of Users and the Purposes of Such Uses; Policies and Practices for 
Retention and Disposal of Records; Physical, Administrative and 
Procedural Safeguards; Record Access Procedure; and Notification 
Procedure.

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VA is republishing the system notice in its entirety.

DATES: Comments on this amended system of records must be received no 
later than May 26, 2020. If no public comment is received during the 
period allowed for comment or unless otherwise published in the Federal 
Register by the VA, the new system will become effective May 26, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Written comments may be submitted through 
www.Regulations.gov; by mail or hand-delivery to Director, Regulation 
Policy and Management (00REG), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 
Vermont Avenue NW, Room 1064, Washington, DC 20420; or by fax to (202) 
273-9026 (Note: Not a toll-free number). Comments should indicate they 
are submitted in response to ``Education Debt Reduction Program-VA'' 
(115VA102). Copies of comments received will be available for public 
inspection in the Office of Regulation Policy and Management, Room 
1063B, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through 
Friday (except holidays). Please call (202) 461-4902 for an appointment 
(Note: not a toll-free number). In addition, comments may be viewed 
online at www.Regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephania Griffin, Veterans Health 
Administration (VHA) Privacy Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs, 
810 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20420; telephone (704) 245-2492.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The System Number will be changed from 
115VA10 to 115VA10A2 to reflect the current organizational alignment.
    The System Location is being amended to replace Austin Automation 
Center (AAC) with Austin Information Technology Center (AITC). Also 
being removed, ``Address locations for VA facilities are listed in VA 
Appendix 1 of the biennial publication of VA Privacy Act Issuances.'' 
which is replaced with ``Address locations for VA facilities may be 
found at https://www.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp.''
    The System Manager, Record Source Categories, Record Access 
Procedure, and Notification Procedure has been amended to replace, 
``Director, Health Care Staff Development and Retention Office (10A2D), 
Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, 1555 
Poydras Street, Suite 1971, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112. The telephone 
number is (504) 589-5267.'' with ``Director, Human Capital Management 
(10A2A4) (HCM), Education Loan Repayment Services (ELRS), 55 N Robinson 
Avenue, Suite 1010, Oklahoma City, OK 73102. The telephone number is 
(405) 552-4346.''
    The Routine Uses of Records Maintained in the System has been 
amended by amending the language in Routine Use #11 which states that 
disclosure of the records to the DoJ is a use of the information 
contained in the records that is compatible with the purpose for which 
VA collected the records. VA may disclose records in this system of 
records in legal proceedings before a court or administrative body 
after determining that the disclosure of the records to the court or 
administrative body is a use of the information contained in the 
records that is compatible with the purpose for which VA collected the 
records. This routine use will now state that release of the records to 
the DoJ is limited to circumstances where relevant and necessary to the 
litigation. VA may disclose records in this system of records in legal 
proceedings before a court or administrative body after determining 
that release of the records to the court or administrative body is 
limited to circumstances where relevant and necessary to the 
litigation.
    Routine Use #15 is clarifying the language to state, ``VA may 
disclose any information or records to appropriate agencies, entities, 
and persons when (1) VA suspects or has confirmed that there has been a 
breach of the system of records; (2) VA has determined that as a result 
of the suspected or confirmed breach there is a risk to individuals, VA 
(including its information systems, programs, and operations), the 
Federal Government, or national security; and (3) the disclosure made 
to such agencies, entities, or persons is reasonably necessary to 
assist in connection with VA efforts to respond to the suspected or 
confirmed breach or to prevent, minimize, or remedy such harm.''
    Routine use #16 is being added to state, ``VA may disclose 
information from this system to another Federal agency or Federal 
entity, when VA determines that information from this system of records 
is reasonably necessary to assist the recipient agency or entity in (1) 
responding to a suspected or confirmed breach or (2) preventing, 
minimizing, or remedying the risk of harm to individuals, the recipient 
agency or entity (including its information systems, programs, and 
operations), the Federal Government, or national security, resulting 
from a suspected or confirmed breach. VA needs this routine use for the 
data breach response and remedial efforts with another Federal 
agency.''
    The Policies and Practices for Retention and Disposal of Records is 
being amended to remove, ``Records will be maintained and disposed of 
in accordance with records disposition authority approved by the 
Archivist of the United States.'' This section will now state that 
these records are under the following records schedule; Record Control 
Schedule (RCS) 10-1 item 1000.40a, Educational Activity Records. 
Temporary; destroy 7 years after the education activity is closed. (N1-
015-11-4, Item 1) or 1140.1. Clinical Trainee Onboarding Case File 
(CTOCF). Temporary; cutoff, case files at the end of the calendar year 
in which the academic year is completed. Transfer to Federal Record 
Center (FRC) when 7 years old. Destroy 25 years after cutoff. (DAA-
0015-2016-0004, item 1).
    The Physical, Administrative and Procedural Safeguards is being 
amended to replace Austin Automation Center (AAC) with Austin 
Information Technology Center (AITC).
    The Report of Intent to Amend a System of Records Notice and an 
advance copy of the system notice have been sent to the appropriate 
Congressional committees and to the Director of the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) as required by the Privacy Act and 
guidelines issued by OMB on December 12, 2000.
    Signing Authority: The Senior Agency Official for Privacy, or 
designee, approved this document and authorized the undersigned to sign 
and submit the document to the Office of the Federal Register for 
publication electronically as an official document of the Department of 
Veterans Affairs. James P. Gfrerer, Assistant Secretary for Information 
and Technology and Chief Information Officer, Department of Veterans 
Affairs, approved this document on March 6, 2020 for publication.

    Dated: April 20, 2020.
Amy L. Rose,
Program Analyst, VA Privacy Service, Department of Veterans Affairs.

SYSTEM NAME AND NUMBER:
    ``Education Debt Reduction Program-VA'' (115VA10).

SECURITY CLASSIFICATION:
    Unclassified.

SYSTEM LOCATION:
    Records will be maintained at the Health Care Staff Development and 
Retention Office (HCSDRO/10A2A7), Veterans Health Administration, 
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), 1555 Poydras Street, Suite 1971, 
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112; the Austin Information Technology Center 
(AITC).

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Department of Veterans Affairs, 1615 East Woodward Street, Austin, 
Texas 78772; and the VA health care facilities and VISN offices where 
scholarship recipients are employed. Address locations for VA health 
care facilities may be found at https://www.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp. Complete records will be maintained only at the HCSDRO 
address.

SYSTEM MANAGER(S):
    Crystal Cruz, Deputy Director, Human Capital Management (10A2A4) 
(HCM), Education Loan Repayment Services (ELRS), [email protected], 
(405) 552-4339, 55 N Robinson Avenue, Suite 1010, Oklahoma City, OK 
73102.

AUTHORITY FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE SYSTEM:
    Title 38, United States Code, sections 501, 503, 7451, 7452, and 
7431-7440.

PURPOSE(S) OF THE SYSTEM:
    The records and information may be used for determining and 
documenting individual applicant eligibility for debt reduction awards; 
determining the debt reduction payment amounts and the related service 
periods for award recipients; ensuring that award amounts are 
consistent with applicable law, regulations and policy; monitoring the 
employment status of scholarship recipients during their service 
periods; terminating an employee's participation in the program; and 
evaluating and reporting program results and effectiveness.

CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS COVERED BY THE SYSTEM:
    VA employees who apply for and are granted or denied educational 
assistance awards under the provisions of the VA Education Debt 
Reduction Program (EDRP) serving under an appointment under Title 38 
U.S.C., Section 7402(b) in a position for which retention of qualified 
healthcare personnel is difficult.

CATEGORIES OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:
    Records (or information contained in records) in this system may 
include: Personal identification information related to the application 
material, award processes, employment, and EDRP service periods such as 
(1) name, (2) employing facility number, (3) telephone number(s), (4) 
social security number, (5) debt reduction payment amounts, (6) dates 
of service periods, (7) name and address of the lending institution, 
(8) academic degree obtained for which EDRP funding is requested, (9) 
name and address of academic institution, (10) original amount of loan, 
and (11) current loan balance. Most of this information is contained on 
the application for an EDRP award including the applicant's full name, 
employing facility number, home and work telephone numbers, social 
security number, job title, degree obtained for which funding is 
requested, name and address of the academic institution, and the amount 
and number of debt reduction payments requested. The EDRP Loan 
Verification Form contains the candidate's name and social security 
number, name and address of the lending institution, original loan 
amount, current loan amount, and the purpose of the loan as stated on 
the loan application. The EDRP Acceptance of Conditions contains the 
name of a candidate approved for an award and the authorized number of 
debt reduction payments and their related amounts.

RECORD SOURCE CATEGORIES:
    Individuals seeking information regarding access to and contesting 
of VA records in this system may write, call or visit the Director, 
Human Capital Management (10A2A4) (HCM), Education Loan Repayment 
Services (ELRS), 55 N Robinson Avenue, Suite 1010, Oklahoma City, OK 
73102. The telephone number is (405) 552-4346.

ROUTINE USES OF RECORDS MAINTAINED IN THE SYSTEM, INCLUDING CATEGORIES 
OF USERS AND THE PURPOSES OF SUCH USES:
    To the extent that records contained in the system include 
information protected by 45 CFR parts 160 and 164, i.e., individually 
identifiable health information, and 38 U.S.C. 7332, i.e., medical 
treatment information related to drug abuse, alcoholism or alcohol 
abuse, sickle cell anemia or infection with the human immunodeficiency 
virus, that information cannot be disclosed under a routine use unless 
there is also specific statutory authority in 38 U.S.C. 7332 and 
regulatory authority in 45 CFR parts 160 and 164 permitting disclosure.
    1. Disclosure of any information in this system that is necessary 
to verify authenticity of the application may be made to lending 
institutions and other relevant organizations or individuals.
    2. Disclosure of any information in this system may be made to a 
Federal agency in order to determine if an applicant has any obligation 
under another Federal program that would render the applicant 
ineligible to participate in the Education Debt Reduction Program.
    3. Any information in the system may be used to evaluate and report 
program results and effectiveness to appropriate officials including 
members of Congress on a routine and ad hoc basis.
    4. VA may disclose information from the record of an individual in 
response to an inquiry from the congressional office made at the 
request of that individual.
    5. Disclosure may be made to the National Archives and Records 
Administration (NARA) and the General Services Administration (GSA) for 
the purpose of records management inspections conducted under authority 
of Title 44, Chapter 29 of the United States Code.
    6. Disclosure of information to the Federal Labor Relations 
Authority (FLRA), including its General Counsel, when requested in 
connection with the investigation and resolution of allegations of 
unfair labor practices, in connection with the resolution of exceptions 
to arbitrator awards when a question of material fact is raised, in 
connection with matters before the Federal Service Impasses Panel, and 
to investigate representation petitions and conduct or supervise 
representation elections.
    7. Disclosure may be made to officials of labor organizations 
recognized under 5 U.S.C. chapter 71 when relevant and necessary to 
their duties of exclusive representation concerning personnel policies, 
practices, and matters affecting working conditions.
    8. Disclosure may be made to the VA appointed representative of an 
employee, including all notices, determinations, decisions, or other 
written communications issued to the employee in connection with an 
examination ordered by VA under medical evaluation (formerly fitness-
for duty) examination procedures or Department-filed disability 
retirement procedures.
    9. Disclosure may be made to officials of the Merit Systems 
Protection Board, including the Office of the Special Counsel, when 
requested in connection with appeals, special studies of the civil 
service and other merit systems, review of rules and regulations, 
investigation of alleged or possible prohibited personnel practices, 
and such other functions, promulgated in 5 U.S.C. 1205 and 1206, or as 
may be authorized by law.
    10. Disclosure may be made to the Equal Employment Opportunity 
Commission when requested in connection with investigations of alleged 
or possible discrimination practices, examination of Federal 
affirmative employment programs, compliance with the Uniform Guidelines 
of Employee Selection Procedures, or other functions of the Commission 
as authorized by law or regulation.
    11. VA may disclose information in this system of records to the 
Department of Justice (DoJ), either on VA's initiative

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or in response to DoJ's request for the information, after either VA or 
DoJ determines that such information is relevant to DoJ's 
representation of the United States or any of its components in legal 
proceedings before a court or adjudicative body, provided that, in each 
case, the agency also determines prior to disclosure that release of 
the records to the DoJ is limited to circumstances where relevant and 
necessary to the litigation. VA may disclose records in this system of 
records in legal proceedings before a court or administrative body 
after determining that release of the records to the court or 
administrative body is limited to circumstances where relevant and 
necessary to the litigation.
    12. Disclosure of relevant information may be made to individuals, 
organizations, private or public agencies, etc., with whom VA has a 
contract or agreement to perform such services as VA may deem 
practicable for the purposes of laws administered by VA, in order for 
the contractor or subcontractor to perform the services of the contract 
or agreement.
    13. VA may disclose any information in this system, except the 
names and home addresses of Veterans and their dependents, which is 
relevant to a suspected or reasonably imminent violation of law, 
whether civil, criminal or regulatory in nature and whether arising by 
general or program statute or by regulation, rule or order issued 
pursuant thereto, to a Federal, State, local, tribal, or foreign agency 
charged with the responsibility of investigating or prosecuting such 
violation, or charged with enforcing or implementing the statute, 
regulation, rule or order. VA may also disclose the names and addresses 
of Veterans and their dependents to a Federal agency charged with the 
responsibility of investigating or prosecuting civil, criminal or 
regulatory violations of law, or charged with enforcing or implementing 
the statute, regulation, rule or order issued pursuant thereto.
    14. Disclosure to other Federal agencies may be made to assist such 
agencies in preventing and detecting possible fraud or abuse by 
individuals in their operations and programs.
    15. VA may disclose any information or records to appropriate 
agencies, entities, and persons when (1) VA suspects or has confirmed 
that there has been a breach of the system of records; (2) VA has 
determined that as a result of the suspected or confirmed breach there 
is a risk to individuals, VA (including its information systems, 
programs, and operations), the Federal Government, or national 
security; and (3) the disclosure made to such agencies, entities, or 
persons is reasonably necessary to assist in connection with VA efforts 
to respond to the suspected or confirmed breach or to prevent, 
minimize, or remedy such harm.
    16. VA may disclose information from this system to another Federal 
agency or Federal entity, when VA determines that information from this 
system of records is reasonably necessary to assist the recipient 
agency or entity in (1) responding to a suspected or confirmed breach 
or (2) preventing, minimizing, or remedying the risk of harm to 
individuals, the recipient agency or entity (including its information 
systems, programs, and operations), the Federal Government, or national 
security, resulting from a suspected or confirmed breach.

POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR STORAGE OF RECORDS:
    Records are maintained on paper, electronic media and computer 
printouts.

POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR RETRIEVAL OF RECORDS:
    Records are retrieved by use of the award number or an equivalent 
participant account number assigned by HCSDRO, Social Security Number 
and the name of the individual.

POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR RETENTION AND DISPOSAL OF RECORDS:
    These records are under the following records schedule; Record 
Control Schedule (RCS) 10-1 item 1000.40a, Educational Activity 
Records. Temporary; destroy 7 years after the education activity is 
closed. (N1-015-11-4, Item 1) or 1140.1. Clinical Trainee Onboarding 
Case File (CTOCF). Temporary; cutoff, case files at the end of the 
calendar year in which the academic year is completed. Transfer to 
Federal Record Center (FRC) when 7 years old. Destroy 25 years after 
cutoff. (DAA-0015-2016-0004, item 1).

ADMINISTRATIVE, TECHNICAL AND PHYSICAL SAFEGUARDS:
    Access to the basic file in HCSDRO is restricted to authorized VA 
employees and vendors. Access to the office spaces where electronic 
media is maintained within HCSDRO is further restricted to specifically 
authorized employees and is protected by contracted building security 
services. Records (typically computer printouts) at HCSDRO will be kept 
in locked files and made available only to authorized personnel on a 
need-to-know basis. During non-working hours the file is locked, and 
the building is protected by contracted building security services. 
Records stored on electronic media are maintained on a VA-approved and 
managed, password protected, secure local area network (LAN) located 
within HCSDRO office spaces and safeguarded as described above. Records 
stored on electronic media at Veterans Integrated Service Network 
(VISN) Offices, VA health care facilities and the AITC in Austin, 
Texas, are provided equivalent safeguards subject to local policies 
mandating protection of information subject to Federal safeguards.

RECORD ACCESS PROCEDURE:
    Individuals seeking information regarding access to and contesting 
of VA records in this system may write, call or visit the Director, 
Human Capital Management (10A2A4) (HCM), Education Loan Repayment 
Services (ELRS), 55 N Robinson Avenue, Suite 1010, Oklahoma City, OK 
73102. The telephone number is (405) 552-4346.

CONTESTING RECORD PROCEDURES:
    (See Record Access Procedures above.)

NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE:
    Any individual who wishes to determine whether a record is being 
maintained in this system under his or her name or other personal 
identifier, or wants to determine the contents of such records, should 
submit a written request or apply in person to Director, Human Capital 
Management (10A2A4) (HCM), Education Loan Repayment Services (ELRS), 55 
N Robinson Avenue, Suite 1010, Oklahoma City, OK 73102. The telephone 
number is (405) 552-4346.

EXEMPTIONS PROMULGATED FOR THE SYSTEM:
    None.

HISTORY:
    Last full publication provided in 74 FR 21432 dated May 8, 2009.

[FR Doc. 2020-08616 Filed 4-23-20; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 8320-01-P