[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 52 (Friday, March 16, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 15593-15594]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-6173]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Office of the Secretary

[Docket ID DOD-2012-OS-0033]

32 CFR Part 319


Privacy Act; Implementation

AGENCY: Defense Intelligence Agency, DoD.

ACTION: Direct final rule with request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is adding a new 
exemption rule for LDIA 0900, entitled ``Accounts Receivable, 
Indebtedness and Claims'' to exempt those records that have been 
previously claimed for the records in another Privacy Act system of 
records. To the extent that copies of exempt records from those other 
systems of records are entered into these case records, DIA hereby 
claims the same exemptions for the records as claimed in the original 
primary system of records of which they are a part. This direct final 
rule makes nonsubstantive changes to the Defense Intelligence Agency 
Program rules. These changes will allow the Department to exempt 
records from certain portions of the Privacy Act. This will improve the 
efficiency and effectiveness of DoD's program by preserving the exempt 
status of the records when the purposes underlying the exemption for 
the original records are still valid and necessary to protect the 
contents of the records. This rule is being published as a direct final 
rule as the Department of Defense does not expect to receive any 
adverse comments, and so a proposed rule is unnecessary.

DATES: The rule is effective on May 25, 2012 unless comments are 
received that would result in a contrary determination. Comments will 
be accepted on or before May 15, 2012. If DoD receives a significant 
adverse comment, the Department will publish a withdrawal of this 
direct final rule in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number and 
title, by any of the following methods.
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Mail: Federal Docket management System Office, 4800 Mark 
Center Drive, 2nd Floor, East Tower, Suite 02G09, Alexandria, VA 22350-
3100.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name 
and docket number or Regulatory Information Number (RIN) for this 
Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other 
submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions 
available for public viewing on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any 
personal identifiers or contact information.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Theresa Lowery at (202) 231-1193.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Direct Final Rule and Significant Adverse Comments

    DoD has determined this rulemaking meets the criteria for a direct 
final rule because it involves nonsubstantive changes dealing with 
DoD's management of its Privacy Progams. DoD expects no opposition to 
the changes and no significant adverse comments. However, if DoD 
receives a significant adverse comment, the Department will publish a 
withdrawal of this direct final rule in the Federal Register. A 
significant adverse comment is one that explains: (1) Why the direct 
final rule is inappropriate, including challenges to the rule's 
underlying premise or approach; or (2) why the direct final rule will 
be ineffective or unacceptable without a change. In determining whether 
a comment necessitates withdrawal of this direct final rule, DoD will 
consider whether it warrants a substantive response in a notice and 
comment process.

Executive Order 12866, ``Regulatory Planning and Review'' and Executive 
Order 13563, ``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review''

    It has been determined that Privacy Act rules for the Department of 
Defense are not significant rules. The rules do not (1) have an annual 
effect on the economy of $100 million or more or adversely affect in a 
material way the economy; a sector of the economy; productivity; 
competition; jobs; the environment; public health or safety; or State, 
local, or tribal governments or communities; (2) Create a serious 
inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by 
another Agency; (3) Materially alter the

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budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs, 
or the rights and obligations of recipients thereof; or (4) Raise novel 
legal or policy issues arising out of legal mandates, the President's 
priorities, or the principles set forth in these Executive orders.

Public Law 96-354, ``Regulatory Flexibility Act'' (5 U.S.C. Chapter 6)

    It has been determined that Privacy Act rules for the Department of 
Defense do not have significant economic impact on a substantial number 
of small entities because they are concerned only with the 
administration of Privacy Act systems of records within the Department 
of Defense.

Public Law 96-511, ``Paperwork Reduction Act'' (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35)

    It has been determined that Privacy Act rules for the Department of 
Defense impose no additional information collection requirements on the 
public under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

Section 202, Public Law 104-4, ``Unfunded Mandates Reform Act''

    It has been determined that the Privacy Act rulemaking for the 
Department of Defense does not involve a Federal mandate that may 
result in the expenditure by State, local and tribal governments, in 
the aggregate, or by the private sector, of $100 million or more and 
that such rulemaking will not significantly or uniquely affect small 
governments.

Executive Order 13132, ``Federalism''

    It has been determined that the Privacy Act rules for the 
Department of Defense do not have federalism implications. The rules do 
not have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship 
between the National Government and the States, or on the distribution 
of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.

List of Subjects in 32 CFR Part 319

    Privacy.

    Accordingly, 32 CFR part 319 amended as follows:

PART 319--DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY PRIVACY PROGRAM

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1. The authority citation for 32 CFR part 319 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: Pub. L. 93-579, 5 U.S.C. 552a(f) and (k).


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2. Section 319.13 is amended by revising paragraph (i) to read as 
follows:


Sec.  319.13  Specific exemptions.

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    (i) System identifier and name: LDIA 0900, Accounts Receivable, 
Indebtedness and Claims.
    (1) Exemption: During the course of accounts receivable, 
indebtedness or claims actions, exempt materials from other systems of 
records may in turn become part of the case record in this system. To 
the extent that copies of exempt records from those ``other'' systems 
of records are entered into this system, the DIA hereby claims the same 
exemptions for the records from those ``other'' systems that are 
entered into this system, as claimed for the original primary system of 
which they are a part.
    (2) Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552a(k)(2) through (k)(7).
    (3) Reasons: Records are only exempt from pertinent provisions of 5 
U.S.C. 552a to the extent such provisions have been identified and an 
exemption claimed for the original record and the purposes underlying 
the exemption for the original record still pertain to the record which 
is now contained in this system of records. In general, the exemptions 
were claimed in order to protect properly classified information 
relating to national defense and foreign policy, to avoid interference 
during the conduct of criminal, civil, or administrative actions or 
investigations, to ensure protective services provided the President 
and others are not compromised, to protect the identity of confidential 
sources incident to Federal employment, military service, contract, and 
security clearance determinations, to preserve the confidentiality and 
integrity of Federal testing materials, and to safeguard evaluation 
materials used for military promotions when furnished by a confidential 
source. The exemption rule for the original records will identify the 
specific reasons why the records are exempt from specific provisions of 
5 U.S.C. 552a.

    Dated: February 28, 2012.
Patricia L. Toppings,
OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.
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