[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 180 (Monday, September 17, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 57016-57017]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-22764]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Office of the Secretary

[Docket ID DoD-2012-OS-0103]

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: Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is updating the DIA Privacy 
Act Program by adding the (k)(2) and (k)(5) exemptions to accurately 
describe the basis for exempting the records in the system of records 
notice LDIA 12-0002, Privacy and Civil Liberties Case Management 
System.
    This direct final rule makes non-substantive changes to the Defense 
Intelligence Agency Program rules. These changes will allow the 
Department to add exemption rules to the DIA Privacy Program rules that 
will exempt applicable Department records and/or material from certain 
portions of the Privacy Act. This will improve the efficiency and 
effectiveness of DoD's program by ensuring the integrity of the 
security and counter-intelligence records by the Defense Intelligence 
Agency and the Department of Defense.
    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 will be effective on November 26, 2012 unless comments 
are received that would result in a contrary determination. Comments 
will be accepted on or before November 16, 2012. If adverse comment is 
received, DoD will publish a timely withdrawal of the rule in the 
Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number and 
title, by any of the following methods:
    * Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments.
    * Mail: Federal Docket Management System Office, 4800 Mark Center 
Drive, East Tower, Suite 02G09, Alexandria, VA 22350-3100.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name 
and docket number 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 Defense 
Intelligence Agency, DAN 1-C, 600 MacDill Blvd., Washington, DC 20340-
0001 or by phone 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 non-substantive changes dealing with 
DoD's management of its Privacy Programs. DoD expects no opposition to 
the changes and no significant adverse comments. However, if DoD 
receives a significant adverse comment, the Department will withdraw 
this direct final rule by publishing a notice 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

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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 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 Privacy Act rules for the Department of 
Defense do 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 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 is amended as follows:

PART 319--DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY PRIVACY PROGRAM

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1. The authority citation for 32 CFR Part 319.13 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority:  Pub. L. 93-579, 88 Stat. 1896 (5 U.S.C. 552a).

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2. Section 319.13 is amended by adding paragraph (k) to read as 
follows:


Sec.  319.13  Specific exemptions.

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    (k) System identifier and name: LDIA 12-0002, Privacy and Civil 
Liberties Case Management System.
    (1) Exemptions: Any portion of this record system which falls 
within the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552a(k)(2)and (k)(5) may be exempt 
from the following subsections of 5 U.S.C. 552a:(c)(3), (d), (e)(1), 
(e)(4)(G), (e)(4)(H), (e)(4)(I).
    (2) Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552a(k)(2)and (k)(5).
    (3) The reasons for asserting these exemptions is to ensure the 
integrity of the privacy and civil liberties process. The execution 
requires that information be provided in a free and open manner without 
fear of retribution or harassment in order to facilitate a just, 
thorough, and timely resolution of the complaint or inquiry. 
Disclosures from this system can enable individuals to conceal their 
wrongdoing or mislead the course of the investigation by concealing, 
destroying, or fabricating evidence or documents. In addition, 
disclosures can subject sources and witnesses to harassment or 
intimidation which may cause individuals not to seek redress for wrongs 
through privacy and civil liberties channels for fear of retribution or 
harassment.

    Dated: September 10, 2012.
Aaron Siegel,
Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.
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