[Federal Register Volume 67, Number 93 (Tuesday, May 14, 2002)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 34401-34402]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 02-11885]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

31 CFR Part 1


Departmental Offices; Disclosure of Records; Freedom of 
Information Act and Privacy Act of 1974; Implementation

AGENCY: Department of the Treasury.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Department of the Treasury is amending its regulations 
concerning the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and the Privacy Act, 
(Privacy Act), by revising regulations to specify new addresses for the 
Bureau of the Public Debt. We are also identifying a new official 
responsible for administrative appeals of initial determinations.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 14, 2002.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Edward C. Gronseth, Deputy Chief 
Counsel, Office of the Chief Counsel, Bureau of the Public Debt, at 
(304) 480-8692, Edward.Gronseth@bpd.treas.gov or Elizabeth S. Gracia, 
Senior Attorney, Office of the Chief Counsel, Bureau of the Public 
Debt, at (304) 480-8692, Lisa.Gracia@bpd.treas.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Bureau of the Public Debt has decided to 
move its FOIA and Privacy Act program responsibilities to Parkersburg, 
West Virginia. We are providing the proper addresses where the public 
may

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send the following: (a) Initial FOIA requests, (b) Privacy Act requests 
for notification, access to records, accountings of disclosure, and 
amendment of records, (c) FOIA and Privacy Act administrative appeals 
of initial determinations, and (d) service of process.
    Also, we have identified the new official responsible for reviewing 
FOIA administrative appeals of initial determinations to deny records 
and for making appellate decisions on initial determinations refusing 
amendment of records under the Privacy Act. The existing regulations 
name the ``Commissioner of the Public Debt'' as the reviewing official. 
We have determined that the reviewing official should be changed to the 
``Executive Director, Administrative Resource Center, Bureau of the 
Public Debt.''
    These regulations are being published as a final rule because the 
amendment does not impose any requirements on any member of the public. 
This amendment is the most efficient means for us to implement internal 
requirements for complying with FOIA and the Privacy Act. Pursuant to 
the administrative procedure provisions in 5 U.S.C. 553, we find good 
cause that prior notice and other public procedure with respect to this 
rule are impracticable and unnecessary. We find good cause for making 
this rule effective on the date of publication in the Federal Register.
    In accordance with Executive Order 12866, it has been determined 
that this final rule is not a ``significant regulatory action'' and, 
therefore, does not require a Regulatory Impact Analysis.
    Because no notice of proposed rulemaking is required, the 
provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) do 
not apply.

List of Subjects in 31 CFR Part 1

    Freedom of Information, Privacy.


    Part 1 of Title 31 of the Code of Federal Regulations is amended as 
follows:
    1. The authority citation for part 1 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301 and 31 U.S.C. 321. Subpart A also issued 
under 5 U.S.C. 552, as amended. Subpart C also issued under 5 U.S.C. 
552a.

PART 1--[AMENDED]

Subpart A--Freedom of Information Act

    2. Amend 31 CFR part 1, subpart A, Appendix I-Bureau of the Public 
Debt to revise paragraphs 3, 4, and 5 to read as follows:
    Appendix I-Bureau of the Public Debt
* * * * *
    3. Requests for records. Initial determinations under 31 CFR 
1.5(h) whether to grant requests for records will be made by the 
Disclosure Officer of the Bureau of the Public Debt. Requests may be 
sent to: Freedom of Information Act Request, Disclosure Officer, 
Administrative Resource Center, Bureau of the Public Debt, 
Department of the Treasury, 200 Third Street, Room 211, Parkersburg, 
WV 26101-5312.
    4. Administrative appeal of initial determination to deny 
records. Appellate determinations under 31 CFR 1.5(i) with respect 
to records of the Bureau of the Public Debt will be made by the 
Executive Director, Administrative Resource Center, Bureau of the 
Public Debt. Appeals may be sent to: Freedom of Information Act 
Appeal, Executive Director, Administrative Resource Center, Bureau 
of the Public Debt, Department of the Treasury, 200 Third Street, 
Room 211, Parkersburg, WV 26101-5312.
    5. Delivery of process. Service of process will be received by 
the Chief Counsel, Bureau of the Public Debt, or the delegate of 
such officer, and shall be delivered to the following location: 
Chief Counsel's Office, Bureau of the Public Debt, 200 Third Street, 
Room G-15, Parkersburg, WV 26106-1328.
* * * * *

Subpart C--Privacy Act

    3. Amend 31 CFR part 1, Subpart C, APPENDIX I-BUREAU OF THE PUBLIC 
DEBT, paragraph 2, by revising the last sentence to read as follows:

    2.* * *Requests for information and specific guidance on where 
to send requests for records may be mailed or delivered personally 
to: Privacy Act Request, Disclosure Officer, Administrative Resource 
Center, Bureau of the Public Debt, Department of the Treasury, 200 
Third Street, Room 211, Parkersburg, WV 26101-5312.

    4. Amend 31 CFR part 1, subpart C, APPENDIX I-BUREAU OF THE PUBLIC 
DEBT, paragraph 3, by removing in the last sentence, ``Information 
Officer, Bureau of the Public Debt, Department of the Treasury, 999 E 
Street NW., Room 553, Washington, DC 20239.'' and adding in its place 
``Disclosure Officer, Administrative Resource Center, Bureau of the 
Public Debt, Department of the Treasury, 200 Third Street, Room 211, 
Parkersburg, WV 26101-5312.''
    5. Amend 31 CFR part 1, subpart C, APPENDIX I--BUREAU OF THE PUBLIC 
DEBT, paragraph 4 as follows:
    a. Remove ``Commissioner of the Public Debt'' and add in its place 
``Executive Director, Administrative Resource Center, Bureau of the 
Public Debt;''
    b. Remove ``999 E Street NW., Room 503, Washington, DC 20239.'' and 
add in its place ``200 Third Street, Room G-15, Parkersburg, WV 26106-
1328.''
    6. Amend 31 CFR part 1, subpart C, APPENDIX I--BUREAU OF THE PUBLIC 
DEBT, paragraph 6, by removing ``999 E Street NW., Room 503, 
Washington, DC 20239.'' and adding in its place ``200 Third Street, 
Room G-15, Parkersburg, WV 26106-1328.''

    Dated: April 15, 2002.
W. Earl Wright, Jr.,
Chief Management and Administrative Programs Officer.
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