Privacy Act of 1974; Systems of Records
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, 5 U.S.C. 552a, the Federal Election Commission (``the Commission'' or ``the FEC'') is publishing for comment a revised system of records that is maintained by the Commission. The system entitled Inspector General Investigative Records (FEC 12) has been revised to: include additional routine uses (3 through 17); expand the list of ``Categories of records in the system;'' include additional data elements required for systems of records notices, including ``Security Classification,'' ``Purpose,'' ``Disclosure to consumer reporting agencies,'' and ``Exemptions claimed for the system;'' and incorporate administrative and technical changes that have taken place since the last publication of FEC systems of records on December 15, 1997. 62 FR 65694. The minor changes include: clarifying the ``System location;'' adding new language to explain but not increase the ``Categories of individuals covered by the system;'' clarifying the language for ``Storage;'' adding new language under ``Retrievability;'' expanding the ``Safeguards;'' adding language to ``Retention and disposal;'' making a technical change to the ``System manager(s);'' clarifying the ``Notification,'' ``Record access,'' and ``Contesting record'' procedures; and updating the ``Record source categories.'' The revised system of records should provide improved protection for the privacy rights of individuals.
Statement of Policy: “Purpose of Disbursement” Entries for Filings With the Commission
Political committees and other persons required to file campaign finance reports with the FEC must itemize certain disbursements and, for each itemized disbursement, must provide information including a brief description of the purpose of the disbursement. The ``purpose of disbursement'' entry, when considered along with the identity of the disbursement recipient, must be sufficiently specific to make the purpose of the disbursement clear. The guidance below includes a non-exhaustive list of ``purpose of disbursement'' entries that are generally acceptable, and a non- exhaustive list of terms that are generally not acceptable.