[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 115 (Wednesday, June 15, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 35052-35054]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-14840]


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OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT


Privacy Act of 1974: New System of Records

AGENCY: U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

ACTION: Notice of a new system of records.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Office of the 
Inspector General (OIG) proposes to add OPM/Central-18: Federal 
Employees Health Benefits Program Claims Data Warehouse to its 
inventory of records systems subject to the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 
U.S.C. 552a), as amended. This action is necessary to meet the 
requirements of the Privacy Act to publish in the Federal Register 
notice of the existence and character of records maintained by the 
agency. 5 U.S.C. 552a(e)(4).

DATES: This action will be effective without further notice on July 15, 
2011 unless comments are received that would result in a contrary 
determination.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Timothy C. Watkins, Counsel to the 
Inspector General, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street, 
NW., Room 6400, Washington, DC 20415-1100.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Timothy C. Watkins, Counsel to the 
Inspector General, 202-606-1200, Timothy.Watkins@opm.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of this system of records is to 
provide a central database from which the OIG may use claims data from 
Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) carriers for audit 
and investigative purposes to meet its oversight obligations under the 
Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended, 5 U.S.C. App., to detect 
fraud, waste and abuse in OPM programs. The OIG has had access to such 
FEHBP claims data since the establishment of the OIG in 1989 and has 
operated claims data warehouses in various forms since then. This 
notice is being issued because the OIG will now provide a mirror image 
of the: Federal Employees Health Benefits Program Claims Data Warehouse 
to OPM under an Economy Act Agreement to the system of records OPM/
Central--15, Health Claims Data Warehouse which allows OPM to perform 
statistical analysis on FEHBP health care data.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
John Berry,
Director.
OPM CENTRAL--18

SYSTEM NAME:
    Federal Employees Health Benefits Program Claims Data Warehouse.

SYSTEM LOCATION:
    Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Office of Personnel 
Management, 1900 E Street, NW., Washington, DC 20415.

CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS COVERED BY THE SYSTEM:
    This system contains claims records on the Federal Employees Health 
Benefits Program (FEHBP). Participation in these programs is voluntary.

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    Participants in the FEHBP include Federal employees, Postal 
employees, annuitants under the Civil Service Retirement System and the 
Federal Employees Retirement System, former spouses, and their family 
members. Health care providers that submit claims to the FEHBP plans 
will also be stored in the system as part of the claims records. The 
Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has oversight responsibility 
under the Inspector General Act over the FEHBP.

CATEGORIES OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:
    The records in the system may contain the following types of 
information on participating enrollees and covered dependents:
    a. Personally identifiable Information (PII) (Name, Social Security 
Number, Date of Birth, Gender, and FEHBP Member ID number).
    b. Home Address.
    c. Covered dependent information (Spouse, Dependents)--names and 
genders.
    d. Enrollee's employing agency.
    e. Names of health care providers including health care providers 
debarred under 5 U.S.C. 8902a.
    f. Health care provider address.
    g. Health Care Provider Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) or 
identifier issued by a carrier.
    h. Health care coverage information regarding benefit coverage for 
the plan in which the person is enrolled.
    i. Health care procedure information regarding procedures performed 
on the individual.
    j. Health care diagnoses in the form of ICD codes, and treatments, 
including prescribed drugs, derived from clinical medical records.
    k. Provider charges, including amounts paid by the plan and amounts 
paid by the enrollee for the above coverage, procedures, and diagnoses.

AUTHORITY FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE SYSTEM:
    The OIG is authorized to maintain FEHBP health claims information 
under Sec.  6(a) of the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended, 5 
U.S.C. app. Sec.  6(a). Authority is provided to OPM for maintenance of 
FEHBP health claims information by 5 U.S.C. 8910; 45 CFR 164.501, 
164.512(d), which allow OPM access to records held by FEHBP contractors 
and require these contractors to submit reports on services provided to 
enrollees.

PURPOSE:
    The primary purpose of this system of records is to provide a 
central database from which the OIG may use claims data from carriers 
for audit and investigative purposes to meet its oversight obligations 
under the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended, 5 U.S.C. App., to 
detect fraud, waste and abuse in OPM programs. The Office of the 
Inspector General will use the data to detect and pursue fraud in the 
FEHBP and to audit the contracts with the various FEHBP carriers.
    The secondary purpose of this system of records is to provide a 
mirror image of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program Claims 
Data Warehouse data feeds to OPM so it can establish a central database 
(OPM/Central-15) from which it may analyze FEHBP data and actively 
manage the FEHBP to ensure the best value for the enrollees and 
taxpayers. OPM will collect, manage, and analyze health services data 
provided by FEHBP carriers.

ROUTINE USES OF RECORDS MAINTAINED IN THE SYSTEM, INCLUDING CATEGORIES 
OF USERS AND THE PURPOSES OF SUCH USES:
    Only routine uses 1, 7, and 11 of the Prefatory Statement at the 
beginning of OPM's current Systems of Record notice apply to the 
records maintained within this system.
    1. For Law Enforcement Purposes--To disclose pertinent information 
to the appropriate Federal, State, or local agency responsible for 
investigating, prosecuting, enforcing, or implementing a statute, rule, 
regulation, or order, where OPM becomes aware of an indication of a 
violation or potential violation of civil or criminal law or 
regulation.
    7. For Litigation--To disclose information to the Department of 
Justice, or in a proceeding before a court, adjudicative body, or other 
administrative body before which OPM is authorized to appear, when:
    (1) OPM, or any component thereof; or
    (2) Any employee of OPM in his or her official capacity; or
    (3) Any employee of OPM in his or her individual capacity where the 
Department of Justice or OPM has agreed to represent the employee; or
    (4) The United States, when OPM determines that litigation is 
likely to affect OPM or any of its components; is a party to litigation 
or has an interest in such litigation, and the use of such records by 
the Department of Justice or OPM is deemed by OPM to be relevant and 
necessary to the litigation provided, however, that the disclosure is 
compatible with the purpose for which records were collected.
    11. For Non-Federal Personnel--To disclose information to 
contractors, grantees, or volunteers performing or working on a 
contract, service, grant, cooperative agreement, or job for the Federal 
Government.
    The routine uses listed below are specific to this system of 
records only:
    1. To disclose information to another Federal agency, to a court, 
or a party in litigation before a court or in an administrative 
proceeding being conducted by a Federal agency, when the Government is 
a party to the judicial or administrative proceeding.
    2. To disclose information to the contractor that originally 
provided the data to audit health care claims or investigate fraud.

POLICIES AND PRACTICES OF STORING, RETRIEVING, SAFEGUARDING, RETAINING, 
AND DISPOSING OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:
STORAGE:
    These records will be maintained in electronic systems.

RETRIEVABILITY:
    These records are retrieved by various means:
    1. Name, address, and/or social security number of an individual 
enrollee or patient,
    2. Name, address, and/or TIN or other identifier of health care 
providers,
    3. Claim payment information, and
    4. Diagnostic or other procedure codes.

SAFEGUARDS:
    The system will be located within space controlled by the OIG in 
OPM Headquarters. All employees and contractors are required to have an 
appropriate background investigation before they are allowed physical 
access to OIG office spaces and access to the system. The system is in 
a secured space that is equipped with a two factor authorization 
device, restricting access to authorized personnel only and has alarms 
to alert security personnel if unauthorized access is attempted. OPM 
employs armed physical security guards 365 days a year, 24 hours a day 
that patrol OPM Headquarters, to include every entry/exit point. Closed 
Circuit Video cameras are strategically located on every floor and 
external to the facility. Multiple layers of computer firewalls are 
maintained to prevent access by unauthorized personnel. The system 
employs National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 
technical, physical and environmental Security Controls identified in 
Special Publication (SP) 800-53 revision 3. The OIG will perform an 
Assessment and Authorization following the NIST 800-53 revision 3 
standard in order to obtain an Authority to Operate (ATO). The OIG will 
operate the system in compliance

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with the Privacy Act, Federal Information Security Management Act 
(FISMA) and NIST guidance. Transmission of the data feed from the 
carriers to this system is encrypted in compliance with NIST Federal 
Information Processing Standards Publication 197.
    The OPM Health Claims Data Warehouse is hosted on the OIG IT 
systems, however the operation of, maintenance of, and security of the 
OPM Health Claims Data Warehouse is the responsibility of OPM not the 
OIG. Notice to the public of the OPM Health Claims Data Warehouse 
system of records is contained in a separate System of Records Notice.

RETENTION AND DISPOSAL:
    Records in this system will be retained for at least 7 years but 
may be maintained for a longer period as required by litigation or open 
investigations or audits. Computer records are destroyed by electronic 
erasure. A records retention schedule is being established with the 
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

SYSTEM MANAGERS AND ADDRESSES:
    The system manager is the Chief, Information Systems Audit Group, 
Office of the Inspector General, 1900 E Street, NW., Room 6400, 
Washington, DC 20415-1100.

NOTIFICATION AND RECORD ACCESS PROCEDURE:
    Individuals wishing to determine whether this system of records 
contains information about them may do so by writing to the U.S. Office 
of Personnel Management, FOIA/PA Requester Service Center, 1900 E 
Street, NW., Room 5415, Washington, DC 20415-7900 or by e-mailing 
foia@opm.gov.
    Individuals must furnish the following information for their 
records to be located:
    1. Full name.
    2. Date and place of birth.
    3. Social Security Number.
    4. Signature.
    5. Available information regarding the type of information 
requested.
    6. The reason why the individual believes this system contains 
information about him/her.
    7. The address to which the information should be sent.
    Individuals requesting access must also comply with OPM's Privacy 
Act regulations regarding verification of identity and access to 
records (5 CFR 297).

CONTESTING RECORD PROCEDURE:
    Individuals wishing to request amendment of records about them 
should write to the Office of Personnel Management, FOIA/PA Requester 
Service Center, 1900 E Street, NW., Room 5415, Washington, DC 20415-
7900. Attn: Office of Inspector General.
    Individuals must furnish the following information in writing for 
their records to be located:
    1. Full name.
    2. Date and place of birth.
    3. Social Security Number.
    4. City, state, and zip code of their Federal Agency.
    5. Signature.
    6. Precise identification of the information to be amended.
    Individuals requesting amendment must also follow OPM's Privacy Act 
regulations regarding verification of identity and amendment to records 
(5 CFR 297).

RECORD SOURCE CATEGORIES:
    Information in this system of records is obtained from health care 
insurers contracted by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management as FEHBP 
carriers.

SYSTEM EXEMPTIONS:
    None.

[FR Doc. 2011-14840 Filed 6-14-11; 8:45 am]
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