[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 35 (Tuesday, February 23, 2010)]
[Notices]
[Pages 8088-8092]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-3362]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Office of the Secretary

[Docket No. DHS-2009-0041]


Privacy Act of 1974; Department of Homeland Security/ALL--023 
Personnel Security Management System of Records

AGENCY: Privacy Office; DHS.

ACTION: Notice of Privacy Act system of records.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, the Department of 
Homeland Security proposes to update and reissue Department of Homeland 
Security/ALL--023 Personnel Security Management System of Records to 
include record systems within the Federal Protective Service and 
records of federal, state, local and foreign law enforcement personnel 
who apply for and/or are granted authority to enforce federal laws on 
behalf of the Department. Categories of individuals, categories of 
records, purpose, and routine uses of this system have been reviewed 
and updated to reflect the personnel security management record systems 
of the Department, including the Federal Protective Service. The 
activities performed by the Department's personnel security program 
often overlap with other security-related activities such as access 
control and investigatory records. Accordingly, data within each of the 
categories of individuals, categories of records, purpose and routine 
uses may have similarities with other security-related systems of 
records, but each system is distinct based on its purpose.
    Further, this system of records is separate from Department of 
Homeland Security/ALL 026--Personal Identity Verification Management 
System of Records, June 25, 2009, which supports the administration of 
the Homeland Security Presidential Directive--12 program, directing the 
use of a common identification credential for both logical and physical 
access to federally controlled facilities and information systems while 
enhancing security, increasing efficiency, reducing identity fraud, and 
protecting personal privacy.
    There will be no change to the Privacy Act exemptions currently in 
place for this system of records and therefore remain in effect. This 
updated system will continue to be included in the Department of 
Homeland Security's inventory of record systems.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before March 25, 2010. 
This updated system will be effective March 25, 2010.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number DHS-
2009-0041 by one of the following methods:
     Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 703-483-2999.
     Mail: Mary Ellen Callahan, Chief Privacy Officer, Privacy 
Office, 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 and may be read at 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 and privacy 
issues please contact: Mary Ellen Callahan (703-235-0780), Chief 
Privacy Officer, Privacy Office, Department of Homeland Security, 
Washington, DC 20528.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its components and 
offices rely on DHS/ALL--023 Personnel Security Management System of 
Records (74 FR 3084, January 16, 2009) for the collection and 
maintenance of records that pertain to personnel security management.
    DHS is updating and reissuing this Department-wide system of 
records under the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a), for DHS personnel 
security management records, to include records systems within the 
Federal Protective Service (FPS) and records of federal, state, local, 
and foreign law enforcement personnel

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who apply for and/or are granted authority to enforce federal laws on 
behalf of DHS. The DHS/ALL--023 Personnel Security Management System of 
Records is the baseline system for personnel security activities, as 
led by the DHS Office of the Chief Security Officer, for the 
Department. This will ensure that all DHS components follow the same 
privacy rules for collecting and handling personnel security management 
records.
    The purpose of this system is to maintain processing records of 
personnel security-related clearance actions, to record suitability 
determinations, to record whether security clearances are issued or 
denied, and to verify eligibility for access to classified information 
or assignment to a sensitive position. Also, records may be used by the 
Department for adverse personnel actions such as removal from sensitive 
duties, removal from employment, and denial to a restricted or 
sensitive area, and revocation of security clearance. The system also 
assists in capturing background investigations and adjudications; 
directing the clearance process for granting, suspending, revoking and 
denying access to classified information; directing the clearance 
process for granting, suspending, revoking and denying other federal, 
state, local, or foreign law enforcement officers the authority to 
enforce federal laws on behalf of DHS; managing state, local, and 
private-sector clearance programs and contractor suitability programs; 
determining eligibility for unescorted access to DHS facilities or 
information technology systems; and other activities relating to 
personnel security management responsibilities at DHS. The Department's 
authority for this collection is primarily 5 U.S.C. 301; 44 U.S.C. 
3101; 8 U.S.C. 1357(g); 19 U.S.C. 1401(i); Executive Order (EO) 9397; 
EO 10450; EO 12968; 5 CFR part 731; 5 CFR part 732; 5 CFR part 736; 32 
CFR part 147; and DCID 6/4. This system will collect individuals' 
personal information to support the Department's efforts related to 
their personnel security activity. Efforts have been made to safeguard 
records in accordance with applicable rules and policies, including all 
applicable DHS automated systems security and access policies. Strict 
controls have been imposed to minimize risk of compromising the 
information that is being stored. Access to the computer system 
containing the records in this system is limited to those individuals 
who have a need to know the information for the performance of their 
official duties and who have appropriate clearances or permissions. The 
routine uses posted are unchanged from the previous publishing and 
consistent with the purpose for collection. This system of records is 
collecting information under the Paperwork Reduction Act using the 
following forms: (1.) Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions--SF-
85--OMB No. 3206-0005; (2.) Questionnaire for Public Trust Position--
SF-85P--OMB No. 3206-0191; (3.) Supplemental Questionnaire for Selected 
Positions--SF-85P-S OMB No. 3206-0191; (4.) Questionnaire for National 
Security Positions--SF-86--OMB No. 3206-0005; and (5.) Continuation 
Sheet for Questionnaires--SF-86A--OMB No. 3206-0005. Further reviews 
are being conducted to determine if the system of records collects 
other information under the Paperwork Reduction Act. Categories of 
individuals, categories of records, the purpose, and routine uses of 
this system have been reviewed and updated to reflect the personnel 
security management record systems of the Department, including the 
FPS. The Privacy Office has updated the categories of individuals 
covered by the system to include DHS-covered individuals, such as 
federal employees, applicants, excepted service federal employees, 
contractor employees, retired employees, past employees providing 
support to DHS and who require unescorted access to DHS-secured 
facilities, and federal, state, local, and foreign law enforcement 
personnel who apply for or are granted authority to enforce federal 
laws on behalf of DHS. The categories of records have been updated to 
include facial photographs and criminal background investigations. The 
purpose has been revised to reflect that the system assists in 
directing the clearance process for granting, suspending, revoking and 
denying other federal, state, local, or foreign law enforcement 
officers the authority to enforce federal laws on behalf of DHS and 
eligibility for unescorted access to DHS secured facilities. An 
existing routine use (Routine Use H) was modified to permit the sharing 
of information from this system of records with agencies where it is 
relevant and necessary to the agencies' decision concerning the 
delegation or designation of authority. Lastly, a new routine use was 
added to permit sharing of information with the news media and the 
public, with the approval of the Chief Privacy Officer in consultation 
with counsel, when there exists a legitimate public interest in the 
disclosure of the information or when disclosure is necessary to 
preserve confidence in the integrity of DHS or to demonstrate the 
accountability of DHS's officers, employees, or individuals covered by 
the system, except to the extent it is determined that release of the 
specific information in the context of a particular case would 
constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.
    Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) have been conducted and are on 
file for the (1.) Personnel Security Activities Management System; (2.) 
Integrated Security Management System; (3.) DHSAccessGate System; (4.) 
Automated Continuing Evaluation System (ACES) Pilot; (5.) Personal 
Identity Verification System; (6.) Federal Protective Service 
Information Support Tracking System (FISTS) Contract Suitability 
Module; and (7.) Federal Protective Service Dispatch Incident Records 
Management Systems along with other related component specific PIAs and 
can be found at http://www.dhs.gov/privacy.
    Consistent with DHS's information sharing mission, information 
stored within the DHS/ALL--023 Personnel Security Management System of 
Records may be shared with other DHS components, as well as appropriate 
federal, state, local, tribal, foreign, or international government 
agencies. This sharing will only take place after DHS determines that 
the receiving component or agency has a need to know the information to 
carry out national security, law enforcement, immigration, 
intelligence, or other functions consistent with the routine uses set 
forth in this system of records notice.
    The Office of the Chief Security Officer is implementing a new web-
based personnel and information security application, Integrated 
Security Management System (ISMS). ISMS has replaced many of the 
existing case management systems currently in use at the Department's 
Headquarters, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Federal Law 
Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), and the Federal Emergency 
Management Agency (FEMA). ISMS will replace the existing case 
management systems currently in use at the U.S. Citizenship and 
Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 
(ICE), and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) in the near future.
    There will be no change to the Privacy Act exemptions currently in 
place for this system of records and therefore remain in effect. This 
updated system will continue to be included in DHS's inventory of 
record systems.

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II. Privacy Act

    The Privacy Act embodies fair information principles in a statutory 
framework governing the means by which the United States Government 
collects, maintains, uses, and disseminates an individual's records. 
The Privacy Act applies to information that is maintained in a ``system 
of records.'' A ``system of records'' is a group of any records under 
the control of an agency from which information is stored and retrieved 
by the name of the individual or by some identifying number such as 
property address, mailing address, or symbol assigned to the 
individual. In the Privacy Act, an individual is defined to encompass 
United States citizens and lawful permanent residents. DHS extends 
administrative Privacy Act protections to all individuals where 
information is maintained on both U.S. citizens, lawful permanent 
residents, and visitors. Individuals may request their own records that 
are maintained in a system of records in the possession or under the 
control of DHS by complying with DHS Privacy Act regulations, 6 CFR 
Part 5.
    The Privacy Act requires each agency to publish in the Federal 
Register a description denoting the type and character of each system 
of records that the agency maintains, and the routine uses that are 
contained in each system in order to make agency record keeping 
practices transparent, to notify individuals regarding the uses of 
their records, and to assist individuals to more easily find such files 
within the agency. Below is a description of DHS/ALL--023 Personnel 
Security Management System of Records.
    In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552a(r), DHS has provided a report of 
this new system of records to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
and to Congress.
System of Records
    DHS/ALL-023

System name:
    Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/ALL--023 Personnel Security 
Management System of Records.

Security classification:
    Unclassified, sensitive, for official use only, and classified.

System location:
    Records are maintained at several DHS Headquarters locations and 
component offices in Washington, DC and field locations; and the 
Department of Treasury (DTR), Bureau of Public Debt for Office of 
Inspector General employees and applicants. For background 
investigations adjudicated by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), 
OPM may retain copies of those files pursuant to their records 
retention schedules.

Categories of individuals covered by the system:
    Categories of individuals covered by this system include federal 
employees, applicants, excepted service federal employees, contractor 
employees, retired employees, and past employees providing support to 
DHS who require: (1.) Unescorted access to DHS-owned facilities, DHS-
controlled facilities, DHS-secured facilities, or commercial facilities 
operating on behalf of DHS; (2.) access to DHS information technology 
(IT) systems and the systems' data; or (3.) access to national security 
information including classified information.
    Also covered are: (1.) State and local government personnel and 
private-sector individuals who serve on an advisory committee or board 
sponsored by DHS; (2.) federal, state, local, and foreign law 
enforcement personnel who apply for or are granted authority to enforce 
federal laws on behalf of DHS; and (3.) individuals, including state 
and local government personnel and private-sector individuals, who are 
authorized by DHS to access Departmental facilities, communications 
security equipment, and/or information technology systems that process 
sensitive or classified national security information.

Categories of records in the system:
    Categories of records in the system include:
     Individual's name;
     Date and place of birth;
     Social security number;
     Citizenship;
     Access Control Pass or Credential number;
     Facial photograph;
     Records relating to the management and operation of DHS 
personnel security program, including but not limited to:
    [cir] Completed standard form questionnaires issued by the Office 
of Personnel Management;
    [cir] Originals or copies of background investigative reports;
    [cir] Supporting documentation related to the background 
investigations and adjudications including criminal background, medical 
and financial data;
    [cir] Information related to congressional inquiry; and
    [cir] Other information relating to an individual's eligibility for 
access to classified or sensitive information.
     Records relating to management and operation of DHS 
programs to safeguard classified and sensitive but unclassified 
information, including but not limited to:
    [cir] Document control registries;
    [cir] Courier authorization requests;
    [cir] Non-disclosure agreements;
    [cir] Records of security violations;
    [cir] Records of document transmittals; and
    [cir] Requests for secure storage and communications equipment.
     Records relating to the management and operation of DHS 
special security programs, including but not limited to:
    [cir] Requests for access to sensitive compartmented information 
(SCI);
    [cir] Contact with foreign officials and foreign travel registries; 
and
    [cir] Briefing/debriefing statements for special programs, 
sensitive positions, and other related information and documents 
required in connection with personnel security clearance 
determinations.
     Records relating to the management and operation of the 
DHS security program, including but not limited to:
    [cir] Inquiries relating to suspected security violation(s);
    [cir] Recommended remedial actions for possible security 
violation(s);
    [cir] Reports of investigation regarding security violations;
    [cir] Statements of individuals;
    [cir] Affidavits;
    [cir] Correspondence;
    [cir] Documentation pertaining to investigative or analytical 
efforts by DHS Security program personnel to identify threats to DHS 
personnel, property, facilities, and information; and
    [cir] Intelligence reports and database results relating to DHS 
personnel, applicants, or candidates for DHS employment or access to 
DHS facilities or information.

Authority for maintenance of the system:
    5 U.S.C. 301; 44 U.S.C. 3101; 8 U.S.C. 1357(g); 19 U.S.C. 1401(i); 
Executive Order (EO) 9397; EO 10450; EO 12968; 5 CFR part 731; 5 CFR 
part 732; 5 CFR part 736; 32 CFR part 147; and DCID 6/4.

Purpose(s):
    The purpose of this system is to collect and maintain records of 
processing of personnel security-related clearance actions, to record 
suitability determinations, to record whether security clearances are 
issued or denied, and to verify eligibility for access to classified 
information or assignment to a sensitive position. Also, records may be 
used by the Department for adverse

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personnel actions such as removal from sensitive duties, removal from 
employment, denial to a restricted or sensitive area, and/or revocation 
of security clearance. The system also assists in capturing background 
investigations and adjudications; directing the clearance process for 
granting, suspending, revoking and denying access to classified 
information; directing the clearance process for granting, suspending, 
revoking and denying other federal, state, local, or foreign law 
enforcement officers the authority to enforce federal laws on behalf of 
DHS; managing state, local and private-sector clearance programs and 
contractor suitability programs; determining eligibility for unescorted 
access to DHS owned, occupied or secured facilities or information 
technology systems; and/or other activities relating to personnel 
security management responsibilities at DHS.

Routine uses of records maintained in the system, including categories 
of users and the purposes of such uses:
    In addition to those disclosures generally permitted under 5 U.S.C. 
552a(b) of the Privacy Act, all or a portion of the records of 
information contained in this system may be disclosed outside DHS as a 
routine use pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(3) as follows:
    A. To the Department of Justice (including United States Attorney 
Offices) or other federal agency conducting litigation or in 
proceedings before any court, adjudicative or administrative body when 
it is necessary to the litigation and one of the following is a party 
to the litigation or has an interest in such litigation:
    1. DHS or any component thereof;
    2. Any employee of DHS in his/her official capacity;
    3. Any employee of DHS in his/her individual capacity where DOJ or 
DHS has agreed to represent the employee; or
    4. The United States or any agency thereof, is a party to the 
litigation or has an interest in such litigation, and DHS determines 
that the records are both relevant and necessary to the litigation and 
the use of such records is compatible with the purpose for which DHS 
collected the records.
    B. To a congressional office from the record of an individual in 
response to an inquiry from that congressional office made at the 
written request of the individual to whom the record pertains.
    C. To the National Archives and Records Administration or other 
federal government agencies pursuant to records management inspections 
being conducted under the authority of 44 U.S.C. 2904 and 2906.
    D. To an agency, organization, or individual for the purpose of 
performing audit or oversight operations as authorized by law, but only 
such information as is necessary and relevant to such audit or 
oversight function.
    E. To appropriate agencies, entities, and persons when:
    1. DHS suspects or has confirmed that the security or 
confidentiality of information in the system of records has been 
compromised;
    2. The Department has determined that as a result of the suspected 
or confirmed compromise there is a risk of harm to economic or property 
interests, identity theft or fraud, or harm to the security or 
integrity of this system or other systems or programs (whether 
maintained by DHS or another agency or entity) or harm to the 
individual who relies upon the compromised information; and
    3. The disclosure made to such agencies, entities, and persons is 
reasonably necessary to assist in connection with DHS's efforts to 
respond to the suspected or confirmed compromise and prevent, minimize, 
or remedy such harm.
    F. To contractors and their agents, grantees, experts, consultants, 
and others performing or working on a contract, service, grant, 
cooperative agreement, or other assignment for DHS, when necessary to 
accomplish an agency function related to this system of records. 
Individuals provided information under this routine use are subject to 
the same Privacy Act requirements and limitations on disclosure as are 
applicable to DHS officers and employees.
    G. To an appropriate federal, state, tribal, local, international, 
or foreign law enforcement agency or other appropriate authority 
charged with investigating or prosecuting a violation or enforcing or 
implementing a law, rule, regulation, or order, where a record, either 
on its face or in conjunction with other information, indicates a 
violation or potential violation of law, which includes criminal, 
civil, or regulatory violations and such disclosure is proper and 
consistent with the official duties of the person making the 
disclosure.
    H. To an appropriate federal, state, local, tribal, foreign, or 
international agency, if the information is relevant and necessary to a 
requesting agency's decision concerning the hiring or retention of an 
individual, or issuance of a security clearance, license, contract, 
grant, delegation or designation of authority, or other benefit, or if 
the information is relevant and necessary to a DHS decision concerning 
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, delegation 
or designation of authority, or other benefit and disclosure is 
appropriate to the proper performance of the official duties of the 
person making the request.
    I. To an individual's prospective or current employer to the extent 
necessary to determine employment eligibility.
    J. To a court, magistrate, or administrative tribunal in the course 
of presenting evidence, including disclosures to opposing counsel or 
witnesses in the course of civil discovery, litigation, or settlement 
negotiations or in connection with criminal law proceedings or pursuant 
to the order of a court of competent jurisdiction in response to a 
subpoena from a court of competent jurisdiction.
    K. To third parties during the course of a law enforcement 
investigation to the extent necessary to obtain information pertinent 
to the investigation, provided disclosure is appropriate to the proper 
performance of the official duties of the officer making the 
disclosure.
    L. To a public or professional licensing organization when such 
information indicates, either by itself or in combination with other 
information, a violation or potential violation of professional 
standards, or reflects on the moral, educational, or professional 
qualifications of an individual who is licensed or who is seeking to 
become licensed.
    M. To the news media and the public, with the approval of the Chief 
Privacy Officer in consultation with counsel, when there exists a 
legitimate public interest in the disclosure of the information or when 
disclosure is necessary to preserve confidence in the integrity of DHS 
or is necessary to demonstrate the accountability of DHS's officers, 
employees, or individuals covered by the system, except to the extent 
it is determined that release of the specific information in the 
context of a particular case would constitute an unwarranted invasion 
of personal privacy.

Disclosure to consumer reporting agencies:
    None.

Policies and practices for storing, retrieving, accessing, retaining, 
and disposing of records in the system:
Storage:
    Records in this system are stored electronically or on paper in 
secure

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facilities in a locked drawer behind a locked door. The records are 
stored on servers, magnetic disc, tape, digital media, and CD-ROM.

Retrievability:
    Records may be retrieved by individual's name, date of birth, 
social security number, if applicable, or other unique individual 
identifier such as access control pass or credential number.

Safeguards:
    Records in this system are safeguarded in accordance with 
applicable rules and policies, including all applicable DHS automated 
systems security and access policies. Strict controls have been imposed 
to minimize risk of compromising the information that is being stored. 
Access to the computer system containing the records in this system is 
limited to those individuals who have a need to know the information 
for the performance of their official duties and who have appropriate 
clearances or permissions.

Retention and disposal:
    Pursuant to GRS 18, Item 21 through 25, records relating to alleged 
security violations are destroyed two years after completion of final 
action or when no longer needed, whichever is sooner; records relating 
to alleged violations of a sufficient serious nature that are referred 
for prosecutive determinations are destroyed five years after the close 
of the case; personnel security clearance files are destroyed upon 
notification of death or not later than five years after separation or 
transfer of employee or no later than five years after contract 
relationship expires, whichever is applicable.

System Manager and address:
    For Headquarters components of DHS: Chief, Personnel Security 
Division (202-447-5010), Office of Security, Department of Homeland 
Security, Washington, DC 20528. For components of DHS, the System 
Manager can be found at http://www.dhs.gov/foia under ``contacts.''

Notification procedure:
    The Secretary of Homeland Security has exempted this system from 
the notification, access, and amendment procedures of the Privacy Act 
because it is a law enforcement system. However, DHS will consider 
individual requests to determine whether or not information may be 
released. Thus, individuals seeking notification of and access to any 
record contained in this system of records, or seeking to contest its 
content, may submit a request in writing to the Headquarters or 
component's FOIA Officer, whose contact information can be found at 
http://www.dhs.gov/foia under ``contacts.'' If an individual believes 
more than one component maintains Privacy Act records concerning him or 
her the individual may submit the request to the Chief Privacy Officer 
and Chief Freedom of Information Act Officer, Department of Homeland 
Security, 245 Murray Drive, SW., Building 410, STOP-0550, Washington, 
DC 20528.
    When seeking records about yourself from this system of records or 
any other Departmental system of records your request must conform with 
the Privacy Act regulations set forth in 6 CFR Part 5. You must first 
verify your identity, meaning that you must provide your full name, 
current address and date and place of birth. You must sign your 
request, and your signature must either be notarized or submitted under 
28 U.S.C. 1746, a law that permits statements to be made under penalty 
of perjury as a substitute for notarization. While no specific form is 
required, you may obtain forms for this purpose from the Chief Privacy 
Officer and Chief Freedom of Information Act Officer, http://www.dhs.gov or 1-866-431-0486. In addition you should provide the 
following:
     An explanation of why you believe the Department would 
have information on you;
     Identify which component(s) of the Department you believe 
may have the information about you;
     Specify when you believe the records would have been 
created;
     Provide any other information that will help the FOIA 
staff determine which DHS component agency may have responsive records; 
and
     If your request is seeking records pertaining to another 
living individual, you must include a statement from that individual 
certifying his/her agreement for you to access his/her records.
    Without this bulleted information the component(s) may not be able 
to conduct an effective search, and your request may be denied due to 
lack of specificity or lack of compliance with applicable regulations.

Record access procedures:
    See ``Notification procedure'' above.

Contesting record procedures:
    See ``Notification procedure'' above.

Record source categories:
    Records are generated from sources contacted during personnel and 
background investigations.

Exemptions claimed for the system:
    The Secretary of Homeland Security has exempted this system from 
the following provisions of the Privacy Act, subject to the limitation 
set forth in (c)(3); (d); (e)(1), (e)(4)(G), (e)(4)(H), (e)(4)(I); and 
(f) of the Privacy Act pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a (k)(1), (k)(2), 
(k)(3), and (k)(5) of the Privacy Act.

    Dated: February 1, 2010.
Mary Ellen Callahan,
Chief Privacy Officer, Department of Homeland Security.
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