[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 228 (Tuesday, November 27, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 70795-70796]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-28678]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Office of the Secretary


Privacy Act of 1974; Retirement of Department of Homeland 
Security Transportation Security Administration System of Records

AGENCY: Privacy Office, Department of Homeland Security.

ACTION: Notice of retirement of one Privacy Act system of records 
notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, the Department of 
Homeland Security is giving notice that it will retire the following 
Privacy Act system of records notice, Department of Homeland Security/
Transportation Security Administration-012 Transportation Worker 
Identification Credentialing System (September 24, 2004, 69 FR 57348), 
which was written to cover the Prototype Phase of the Transportation 
Worker Identification Credentialing Program to authorize unescorted 
entry to secure transportation areas. These records were destroyed in 
accordance with the applicable records retention schedule, with the 
following exceptions: (1) Records for individuals who were an actual 
match to a government watchlist; and (2) records for individuals who 
were a close match but subsequently cleared as not posing a potential 
or actual threat to transportation. This notice reflects that these two 
categories of records from the Transportation Worker Identification 
Credentialing Prototype Phase must continue to be retained in 
accordance with the applicable records retention schedule, and will be 
maintained under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security/
Transportation Security Administration-002 Transportation Security 
Threat Assessment System System of Records (May 19, 2010, 75 FR 28046), 
which covers the Security Threat Assessment process associated with the 
Transportation Worker Identification Credentialing and other 
Transportation Security Administration vetting programs.

DATES: These changes will take effect upon publication in the Federal 
Register.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general questions please contact: 
Peter Pietra, Privacy Officer, TSA-36, Transportation Security 
Administration, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-6036; email: 
TSAPrivacy@dhs.gov. For privacy issues please contact: Jonathan Cantor, 
(202-343-1717), Acting Chief Privacy Officer, Privacy Office, 
Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy 
Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. 552a, and as part of its ongoing integration and 
management efforts, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is 
retiring the system of records notice, DHS/Transportation Security 
Administration (TSA)-012 Transportation Worker Identification 
Credentialing (TWIC) System (September 24, 2004, 69 FR 57348), which 
was written to cover the Prototype Phase of the TWIC Program to 
authorize unescorted entry to secure transportation areas. The 
retirement of

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this system of records is appropriate because the Prototype Phase is 
complete, and records from this system have been destroyed in 
accordance with the TSA Threat Assessment and Credentialing records 
retention schedule, with the following exceptions: (1) A small number 
of records for individuals who were an actual match to a government 
watchlist (which will be retained for 99 years); and (2) records for 
individuals who were a close match but subsequently cleared as not 
posing a potential or actual threat to transportation (which will be 
retained for 7 years). Records from the TWIC Prototype Phase not yet 
authorized for destruction will be retained under the authority of the 
DHS/TSA-002 Transportation Security Threat Assessment System (T-STAS) 
System of Records (May 19, 2010, 75 FR 28046), which covers the 
Security Threat Assessment (STA) process associated with the TWIC and 
other TSA vetting programs.
    Eliminating the system of records notice DHS/TSA-012 TWIC will have 
no adverse impact on individuals, but will promote the overall 
streamlining and management of DHS Privacy Act record systems. Records 
for individuals who participated in the Prototype Phase have been 
destroyed, except as identified above. Individuals whose records 
continue to be retained pending disposition under the records retention 
schedule may seek access or correction to their records under DHS/TSA-
002 T-STAS.

    Dated: November 6, 2012.
Jonathan R. Cantor,
Acting Chief Privacy Officer, Department of Homeland Security.
[FR Doc. 2012-28678 Filed 11-26-12; 8:45 am]
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