[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 24 (Wednesday, February 5, 2014)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 6809-6817]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-01883]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Office of the Secretary

32 CFR Part 329

[Docket ID: DOD-2012-OS-0161]
RIN 0790-AI96


National Guard Bureau Privacy Program

AGENCY: Department of Defense.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This final rule establishes policies and procedures for the 
National Guard Bureau (NGB) Privacy Program. The NGB is a Joint 
Activity of the Department of Defense (DoD) pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 
10501. This rule will cover the privacy policies and procedures 
associated with records created and under the control of the Chief, NGB 
that are not otherwise covered by existing DoD, Air Force, or Army 
rules.

DATES: This rule is effective March 7, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Jennifer Nikolaisen, 571-256-7838.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Executive Summary

I. Purpose and Authority of the Regulatory Action

    a. Purpose: This part implements the policies and procedures 
outlined in 5 U.S.C. 552a, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
Circular No. A-130, and 32 CFR part 310. This part provides guidance 
and procedures for implementing the National Guard Bureau Privacy 
Program.
    b. Authority: Pub. L. 93-579, 88 Stat. 1986 (5 U.S.C. 552a).

II. Summary of the Major Provisions of the Regulatory Action

    This provision is made to establish the Privacy Program for the 
National Guard Bureau.

III. Cost and Benefits

    This regulatory action imposes no monetary costs to the Agency or 
public. The benefit to the public is the accurate reflection of the 
Agency's Privacy Program to ensure that policies and procedures are 
known to the public.

Public Comments

    The Department of Defense published a proposed rule on April 24, 
2013. No public comments were received on the proposed rule. We have 
made editorial changes to correct misspellings, correct citations, and 
correct an email address. Part 329.2 has been partially revised to 
align with the Summary as published in the proposed rule.

Regulatory Procedures

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

    It has been determined that 32 CFR part 329 is not a significant 
regulatory action. The rule does not:
    (1) Have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more or 
adversely affect in a material way the economy; a section 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.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (Sec. 202, Pub. L. 104-4)

    It has been certified that this rule does not contain a Federal 
mandate that may result in the expenditure by State, local and tribal 
governments, in aggregate, or by the private sector, of $100 million or 
more in any one year.

Public Law 96-354, ``Regulatory Flexibility Act'' (5 U.S.C. 601)

    It has been certified that this rule is not subject to the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601) because it would not, if 
promulgated, have a significant economic impact on a substantial number 
of small entities.

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

    It has been certified that this rule does not impose reporting or 
recordkeeping requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

Executive Order 13132, ``Federalism''

    It has been certified that this rule does not have federalism 
implications, as set forth in Executive Order 13132. This rule does not 
have substantial direct effects on:
    (1) The States;
    (2) The relationship between the National Government and the 
States; or
    (3) The distribution of power and responsibilities among the 
various levels of Government.

List of Subjects in 32 CFR Part 329

    Privacy.

    Accordingly, 32 CFR part 329 is added to read as follows:

PART 329--NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU PRIVACY PROGRAM

Sec.
329.1 Purpose.
329.2 Applicability.
329.3 Definitions.
329.4 Policy.
329.5 Responsibilities.
329.6 Procedures.
329.7 Exemptions.

    Authority: Pub. L. 93-579, 88 Stat. 1986 (5 U.S.C. 552a).


Sec.  329.1  Purpose.

    This part implements the policies and procedures outlined in 5 
U.S.C. 552a, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular No. A-130, 
and 32 CFR part 310. This part provides the responsibilities, guidance, 
and procedures for the National Guard Bureau (NGB) to comply with 
Federal and DoD Privacy requirements.


Sec.  329.2  Applicability.

    (a) This part applies to the NGB and the records under control of 
the Chief, NGB, as defined by DoD Directive (DoDD) 5105.77, entitled 
``National Guard Bureau.'' (Available at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/510577p.pdf)
    (b) This rule will cover the privacy policies and procedures 
associated with records created and under the control of the Chief, NGB 
that are not otherwise covered by existing DoD, Air Force, or Army 
rules.

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Sec.  329.3  Definitions.

    All terms used in this part which are defined in 5 U.S.C. 552a 
shall have the same meaning herein.
    Access. Allowing individuals to review or receive copies of their 
records.
    Accuracy. Within sufficient tolerance for error to assure the 
quality of the record in terms of its use in making a determination.
    Agency. Any Executive department, military department, Government 
corporation, Government controlled corporation, or other establishment 
in the executive branch of the [federal] Government (including the 
Executive Office of the President), or any independent regulatory 
agency (as defined by 5 U.S.C. 552a).
    Amendment. The process of adding, deleting, or changing information 
in a System of Records (SOR) to make the data accurate, relevant, 
timely, and/or complete.
    Appellate authority. The individual with authority to deny requests 
for access or amendment of records under 5 U.S.C. 552a.
    Breach. A loss of control, compromise, unauthorized disclosure, 
unauthorized acquisition, unauthorized access, or any similar term 
referring to situations where a person other than authorized users 
(with an official need to know), and for an other than authorized 
purpose has access or potential access to personally identifiable 
information, whether physical or electronic. A breach can include 
identifiable information in any form. (As defined by DoD Director of 
Administration and Management Memo, 5 Jun 2009 entitled ``Safeguarding 
Against and Responding to the Breach of Personally Identifiable 
Information (PII).'') (Available at http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/privacy/docs/DA_M6_5_2009Responding_toBreach_of_PII.pdf)
    Chief, National Guard Bureau (CNGB). A principal advisor to the 
Secretary of Defense, through the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of 
Staff, on matters involving non-federalized National Guard forces and 
on other matters as determined by the Secretary of Defense; and the 
principal adviser to the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff 
of the Army, and to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of 
Staff of the Air Force, on matters relating to the National Guard, the 
Army National Guard of the United States, and the Air National Guard of 
the United States. The CNGB also represents the National Guard on the 
Joint Chiefs of Staff.
    Completeness. All elements necessary for making a determination are 
present before such determination is made.
    Computer matching program. A program that matches the personal 
records in computerized database of two or more Federal agencies.
    Denial authority. The individual with authority to deny requests 
for access or amendment of records under 5 U.S.C. 552a.
    Determination. Any decision affecting an individual which, in whole 
or in part, is based on information contained in the record and which 
is made by any person or agency.
    Directorate/Division. The terms directorate and division are used 
to refer to suborganizations within the NGB. The Joint Staff and Air 
Guard Readiness Center uses the term ``Directorate'' to refer to their 
suborganizations and the Army Guard Readiness Center uses the term 
``Division'' to refer to their suborganizations.
    Disclosure. Giving information from a system, by any means, to 
anyone other than the record subject.
    Disclosure accounting. A record of all disclosures made from a SOR, 
except for disclosures made to Department of Defense personnel for use 
in performance of their official duties or disclosures made as required 
by 5 U.S.C. 552.
    Federal Register (FR). A daily publication of notices and rules 
issued by Federal Agencies and the President printed on a daily Federal 
workday.
    Individual. A citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully 
admitted for permanent residence. (As defined by 5 U.S.C. 552a)
    Maintain. Maintain, collect, use or disseminate. (As defined by 5 
U.S.C. 552a)
    Memorandum of Agreement. A written understanding (agreement) 
between parties to cooperatively work together on an agreed upon 
project or meet an agreed objective.
    Memorandum of Understanding. A written agreement between parties 
describing a bilateral or multilateral agreement between parties.
    Necessary. A threshold of need for an element of information 
greater than mere relevance and utility.
    Personal information. Information about an individual other than 
items of public record.
    Personally Identifiable Information (PII). Personal information. 
Information about an individual that identifies, links, relates, or is 
unique to, or describes him or her. Information which can be used to 
distinguish or trace an individual's identity which is linked or 
linkable to a specified individual.
    Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) Request. An oral (in person) or written 
request by an individual to access his or her records in a SOR.
    Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) Statement (PAS). A statement given to 
an individual when soliciting personal information that will be 
maintained in a SOR that advises them of the authority to collect 
information, the principal purpose(s) that the information will be used 
for, the routine uses on how the information will be disclosed outside 
of the agency, and whether it is mandatory or voluntary to provide the 
information and any consequences for not providing the information.
    Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA). A written assessment of an 
information system that addresses the information to be collected, the 
purpose and intended use; with whom the information will be shared; 
notice or opportunities for consent to individuals; how the information 
will be secured; and whether a new SOR is being created under 5 U.S.C. 
552a. Privacy Impact Assessments are required for all information 
systems and electronic collections that collect, maintain, use, or 
disseminate personally identifiable information about members of the 
public (this includes contractors and family members), under Public Law 
107-347, Section 208 of the E-Government Act of 2002. DoD Regulation 
5400.16-R, entitled ``Department of Defense Privacy Impact Assessment 
(PIA)'' (Available at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/540016p.pdf), provides additional requirements for PIAs, including a 
requirement to write a PIA on any information systems or electronic 
collection of PII on Federal personnel.
    Protected Health Information (PHI). Any information about health 
status, provision of health care, or payment for health care that can 
be linked to a specific individual.
    Record. Any item, collection, or grouping of information about an 
individual that is maintained by an agency, including, but not limited 
to, the individual's education, financial transactions, medical 
history, and criminal or employment history and that contains his name, 
or the identifying number, symbol, or other identifying particular 
assigned to the individual, such as a finger or voice print or a 
photograph (As defined by 5 U.S.C. 552a).
    Relevance. Limitation to only those elements of information that 
clearly bear of the determination(s) for which the records are 
intended.
    Routine use. The disclosure of a record outside the DoD for a use 
that is

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compatible with the purpose for which the information was collected and 
maintained by the DoD. The routine use must be included in the 
published system notice for the SOR involved. The DoD Blanket Routine 
Uses, found in 32 CFR part 310, Appendix C are applicable to all SORNs 
published by DoD.
    System Manager. The official who is responsible for managing a SOR, 
including policies and procedures to operate and safeguard it. Local 
System Managers operate record systems or are responsible for the 
records that are maintained in decentralized locations but are covered 
by a SORN published by another DoD activity or a Government-Wide SORN.
    System of Records (SOR). A group of any records under the control 
of any agency from which information is retrieved by the name of the 
individual or by some identifying number, symbol, or other identifying 
particular assigned to the individual.
    System of Records Notice (SORN). The official public notice 
published in the FR of the existence and content of the SOR. As 
required by 5 U.S.C. 552a and 32 CFR part 310, appendix E. The notice 
shall include:
    (1) System ID.
    (2) The name and location of the system.
    (3) The categories of individuals on whom records are maintained in 
the system.
    (4) The categories of records maintained in the system.
    (5) Each routine use of the records contained in the system, 
including the categories of users and the purpose of such use.
    (6) The policies and practices of the agency regarding storage, 
retrievability, access controls, retention, and disposal of the 
records.
    (7) The title and business address of the agency official who is 
responsible for the SOR.
    (8) The agency procedures whereby an individual can be notified at 
his request if the SOR contains a record pertaining to him.
    (9) The agency procedures whereby an individual can be notified at 
his request how he can gain access to any record pertaining to him 
contained in the SOR, and how he can contest its contents.
    (10) The categories of sources of records in the system.
    (11) Exemptions claimed for the system.
    Timeliness. Sufficiently current to ensure that any determination 
based on the record will be accurate and fair.


Sec.  329.4  Policy.

    In accordance with 32 CFR part 310, it is NGB's policy that:
    (a) Personal information contained in any SOR maintained by any NGB 
organization will be safeguarded to the extent authorized by 5 U.S.C. 
552a, Appendix I of Office of Management and Budget Circular No. A-130, 
and any other applicable legal requirements.
    (b) NGB will collect, maintain, use, and disseminate personal 
information only when it is relevant and necessary to achieve a purpose 
required by a statute or Executive Order.
    (c) NGB will collect personal information directly from the 
individuals to whom it pertains to the greatest extent possible and 
will provide individuals a PAS at the time of collection when the 
information being collected will be filed and/or retrieved by the 
subject's name or other unique identifier. The PAS will contain the 
following elements, as required by 5 U.S.C. 552a:
    (1) The statutory authority or Executive Order that allows for the 
solicitation,
    (2) The intended use/purpose that will be made of the information 
collected,
    (3) The routine uses that may be made of the information collected; 
and
    (4) Whether it is mandatory or voluntary for the individual to 
disclose the requested information and the non-punitive effects on the 
individual for not providing all or any part of the requested 
information. Collection can only be mandatory if the statutory 
authority or Executive Order cited provides a penalty for not providing 
the information.
    (d) NGB offices maintaining records and information about 
individuals will ensure that such data is protected from unauthorized 
access, use, dissemination, disclosure, alteration, and/or destruction. 
Offices will establish safeguards to ensure the security of personal 
information is protected from threats or hazards that might result in 
substantial harm, embarrassment, inconvenience, or unfairness to the 
individual using guidelines found in 32 CFR part 310, subpart B, 32 CFR 
part 310, appendix A, and DoD Manual (DoDM) 5200.01, Volume 4, entitled 
``DoD Information Security Program: Controlled Unclassified Information 
(CUI).'' (Available at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/520001_vol4.pdf)
    (e) NGB offices shall permit individuals to access and have a copy 
of all or any portion of records about them, unless an exemption for 
the system has been properly established (see 5 U.S.C. 552a, 32 CFR 
part 310, subparts D and F, and Sec.  329.7 of this part). Individuals 
requesting access to their record will also receive concurrent 
consideration under 5 U.S.C. 552 and 32 CFR part 286.
    (f) NGB offices will permit individuals an opportunity to request 
that records about them be corrected or amended (see 5 U.S.C. 552a, 32 
CFR part 310, subpart D, and Sec.  329.6 of this part).
    (g) Any records about individuals that are maintained by the NGB 
will be maintained with such accuracy, relevance, timeliness, and 
completeness as is reasonably necessary to assure fairness to the 
individual before making any determination about the individual or 
before making the record available to any recipient pursuant to a 
routine use.
    (h) NGB will keep no record that describes how individuals exercise 
their rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, unless expressly 
authorized by statute or by the individual to whom the records pertain, 
or is pertinent to and within the scope of an authorized law 
enforcement activity.
    (i) NGB will notify individuals whenever records pertaining to them 
are made available under compulsory legal processes, if such process is 
a matter of public record.
    (j) NGB will assist individuals in determining what records 
pertaining to them are being collected, maintained, used, or 
disseminated.
    (k) NGB offices and personnel, including contractors, maintaining 
and having access to records and information about individuals will 
manage them and conduct themselves so as to avoid the civil liability 
and criminal penalties provided for under 5 U.S.C. 552a.


Sec.  329.5  Responsibilities.

    (a) Chief of the National Guard Bureau (CNGB). The CNGB, under the 
authority, direction, and control of the Secretary of Defense (SecDef), 
approves and establishes overall policy, direction, and guidance for 
the NGB privacy program and promulgates privacy policy for the non-
Federalized National Guard.
    (b) NGB Chief Counsel. The NGB Chief Counsel, under the authority, 
direction, and control of the CNGB, shall:
    (1) Serve as the National Guard Component Senior Official for 
Privacy (CSOP) pursuant to part 32 CFR part 310, subpart A.
    (2) Direct and administer the Privacy Program for the NGB as well 
as the National Guard of the States, Territories, and the District of 
Columbia as it pertains to the maintenance of records

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protected by 5 U.S.C. 552a, other Federal laws on privacy, and OMB and 
DoD Privacy policies.
    (3) Ensure implementation of and compliance with standards and 
procedures established by 5 U.S.C. 552a, OMB A-130, 32 CFR part 310, 
and this part.
    (4) Serve as the appellate authority on denials of access or 
amendment.
    (5) Direct the implementation all aspects of 5 U.S.C. 552a, OMB A-
130, 32 CFR part 310, this part, and other Federal laws on privacy, and 
OMB and DoD Privacy policies.
    (c) Chief of the Office of Information and Privacy (OIP). The Chief 
of the OIP, under the authority, direction, and control of the NGB 
Chief Counsel, shall:
    (1) Oversee the National Guard's compliance with 5 U.S.C. 552a, OMB 
A-130, 32 CFR part 310, this part, and other Federal laws on privacy, 
and OMB and DoD Privacy policies.
    (2) Issue policy and guidance as it relates to 5 U.S.C. 552a and 
other Federal and DoD Privacy requirements.
    (3) Collect, consolidate, and submit Privacy reports to the Defense 
Privacy and Civil Liberties Office (DPCLO), or the respective service 
(Air Force or Army) that the reporting of information pertains to. This 
includes, but is not limited to:
    (i) Personally Identifiable Information (PII) Breach Reports 
required by 32 CFR part 310, subpart B,
    (ii) Quarterly Training Reports, SORN Reviews, and Privacy 
Complaints; and,
    (iii) Reports pursuant Public Law 17-347.
    (4) Submit all approved SORNs to the DPCLO or the respective 
service that has the statutory authority to publish the SORN for 
publication in the FR.
    (5) Refer inquiries about access, amendments of records, and 
general and specific exemptions listed in a SORN to the appropriate 
System Manager.
    (6) Review all instructions, directives, publications, policies, 
Memorandums of Agreement (MOA), Memorandums of Understanding (MOU), 
data sharing agreements, data transfer agreements, data use agreements, 
surveys (including web-based or electronic), and forms that involve or 
discuss the collection, retention, access, use, sharing, or maintenance 
of PII are to ensure compliance with this part.
    (7) Make training resources available to NGB personnel, including 
contractors, regarding 5 U.S.C. 552a, OMB A-130, 32 CFR part 310, 
compliance with this part, and other Federal and DoD Privacy 
requirements.
    (d) Chief of Administrative Law. The Chief of Administrative Law 
shall serve as the initial denial authority (IDA) to deny official 
requests for access or amendment to an individual's record pursuant to 
a published NGB SORN under 5 U.S.C. 552a or amendments to such records.
    (e) Chief of Litigation and Employment Law. The Chief of Litigation 
and Employment Law will notify the Chief of the OIP of any complaint 
citing 5 U.S.C. 552a is filed in a U.S. District Court against the NGB, 
or any employee of NGB using the procedures outlined in Sec.  329.6 of 
this part.
    (f) NGB Comptroller/Director of Administration and Management 
(DA&M). The NGB Comptroller/DA&M shall ensure appropriate Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) (Available at https://www.acquisition.gov/far/) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) 
(Available at http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/dars/dfarspgi/current/index.html) clauses (FAR Subpart 24.1 related to 5 U.S.C. 552a and FAR 
subpart 24.2 related to 5 U.S.C. 552, as well as DFARS clauses 52.224-1 
and/or 52.224-2) are included in all contracts that provide for 
contractor personnel to have access or maintain records, including 
records in information systems, that are covered by 5 U.S.C. 552a or 
that contain PII.
    (g) NGB Directorates/Divisions. All NGB directorates/divisions 
maintaining records containing PII or that have personnel that have 
access to PII shall:
    (1) Ensure that a SORN is published in the FR before collection of 
any information subject to 5 U.S.C. 552a is scheduled to begin.
    (2) Ensure System Managers comply with all responsibilities 
outlined in paragraph (h) of this section. This includes referring any 
proposed denials of access or amendment under 5 U.S.C. 552a to the 
Chief of the OIP within 10 working days.
    (3) Evaluate Privacy requirements for information systems and 
electronic collection or maintenance of PII in the early stages of 
system acquisition/development. This includes completing a PIA in 
accordance with the requirements of Public Law 107-347, section 208 of 
the E-Government Act of 2002, and DoD 5400.16-R.
    (4) Ensure personnel, including contractors, who have access to PII 
complete appropriate Privacy training as required by 5 U.S.C. 552a, 32 
CFR part 310, subpart H, and Part II of DoD Policy ``Safeguarding 
Against and Responding to Breaches of PII'' (http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/privacy/docs/DA_M6_5_2009Responding_toBreach_of_PII.pdf) as 
follows:
    (i) Orientation Training: Training that provides individuals with a 
basic understanding of the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 552a as it applies 
to the individual's job performance. The training is for all personnel, 
as appropriate, and should be a prerequisite to all other levels of 
training.
    (ii) Specialized Training: Training that provides information as to 
the application of specific provisions of this part to specialized 
areas of job performance. Personnel of particular concern include, but 
are not limited to personnel specialists, finance officers, special 
investigators, paperwork managers, public affairs officials, 
information technology professionals, and any other personnel 
responsible for implementing or carrying out functions under this part.
    (iii) Management Training: Training that provides managers and 
decision makers considerations that they should take into account when 
making management decisions regarding the Privacy program.
    (iv) Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) SOR Training: All individuals who 
work with a Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) SOR are trained on the 
provisions of the 5 U.S.C. 552a SORN(s) they work with, 32 CFR part 
310, and this part.
    (5) Ensure all instructions, directives, publications, policies, 
MOAs, MOUs, data sharing agreements, data transfer agreements, data use 
agreements, surveys (including Web-based or electronic surveys), and 
forms that involve the collection, retention, use, access, sharing, or 
maintenance of PII are coordinated with the Chief of the OIP.
    (6) Ensure that any suspected or confirmed breaches of PII, or 
potential breaches of PII, are immediately reported to the Chief of the 
OIP in accordance with NGB Memorandum 380-16/33-361. (Available at 
http://www.nationalguard.mil/sitelinks/links/NGB%20Memorandum%20380-16%2033-361,%20PII%20Incident%20Response%20Handling.pdf).
    (7) Ensure policies and administrative processes within their 
directorates are evaluated to ensure compliance with the procedures in 
this part.
    (h) System Managers. System Managers will:
    (1) Report any changes to their existing SORN(s) to the Chief of 
the OIP for publishing in the FR at least 90 working days before the 
intended change to the system.
    (2) Review their published SORN(s) on a biennial basis and submit 
updates to the Chief of the OIP as necessary.
    (3) Ensure appropriate training is provided for all users, to 
include contractors, which have access to

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records covered by their published system notice.
    (4) Ensure safeguards are in place to protect all records 
containing PII (electronic, paper, etc.) from unauthorized access, use, 
disclosure, alteration, and/or destruction using guidelines found in 32 
CFR part 310, subpart B, 32 CFR part 310, appendix A, and DoDM 5200.01, 
Volume 4.
    (5) Assist in responding to any complaints and inquiries regarding 
the collection or maintenance of, or access to information covered by 
their published SORN(s).
    (6) Process all 5 U.S.C. 552a requests for access and amendment, as 
outlined in Sec.  329.6 of this part.
    (7) Maintain a record of disclosures for any records covered by a 
SORN using a method that complies with 32 CFR part 310, subpart E when 
disclosing records outside of the agency (DoD). Such disclosures will 
only be made when permitted by a Routine Use published in the SORN.
    (i) As required by 5 U.S.C. 552a and 32 CFR part 310, subpart E, 
the disclosure accounting will be maintained for 5 years after the 
disclosure, or for the life of the record, whichever is longer. The 
record may be maintained with the record disclosed, or in a separate 
file within the office's official record keeping system.
    (ii) Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a and 32 CFR part 310, subpart E, the 
disclosure accounting will include the release date, a description of 
the information released, the reason for the release; and, the name and 
address of the recipient.


Sec.  329.6  Procedures.

    (a) Publication of notice in the FR. (1) A SORN shall be published 
in the FR of any record system meeting the definition of a SOR, as 
defined by 5 U.S.C. 552a.
    (2) System Managers shall submit notices for new or revised SORNs 
through their Director to the Chief of the OIP for review at least 90 
working days prior to implementation.
    (3) The Chief of the OIP shall forward complete SORNs to the 
Defense Privacy and Civil Liberties Office (DPCLO), or the respective 
service that has the statutory authority to publish the SORN, for 
review and publication in the FR in accordance with 32 CFR part 310, 
subpart G. Following the OMB comment period, the public is given 30 
days to submit written data, views, or arguments for consideration 
before a SOR is established or modified.
    (b) Access to Systems of Records Information. (1) As provided by 5 
U.S.C. 552a, records shall be disclosed to the individual they pertain 
to and under whose individual name or identifier they are filed, unless 
exempted by the provisions in 32 CFR part 310, subpart F, and Sec.  
329.7 of this part. If an individual is accompanied by a third party, 
or requests a release to a third party, the individual shall be 
required to furnish a signed access authorization granting the third 
party access conditions according to 32 CFR part 310, subpart D.
    (2) Individuals seeking access to records that pertain to 
themselves, and that are filed by their name or other personal 
identifier, may submit the request in person, by mail, or by email. All 
requests for access must be in accordance with these procedures:
    (i) Any individual making a request for access to records in person 
shall show personal identification to the appropriate System Manager, 
as identified in the SORN published in the FR, to verify his or her 
identity, according to 32 CFR part 310, subpart D.
    (ii) Any individual making a request for access to records by mail 
or email shall address such request to the System Manager. If the 
System Manager is unknown, the individual may inquire to NGB-JA/OIP: 
AHS-Bldg 2, Suite T319B, 111 S. George Mason Drive, Arlington, VA 
22204-1382, or email ng.ncr.arng.mbx.ngb-privacy-office@mail.mil for 
assistance in locating the System Manager.
    (iii) Requests for access shall include a mailing address where the 
records should be sent and include either a signed notarized statement 
or a signed unsworn declaration to verify his or her identity to ensure 
that they are seeking to access records about themselves and not, 
inadvertently or intentionally, the records of others. The Privacy Act 
(5 U.S.C. 552a) provides a penalty of a misdemeanor and a fine of not 
more than $5,000 for any person who knowingly and willfully requests or 
obtains any record concerning an individual from an agency under false 
pretenses. If making a declaration, it shall read as follows:
    (A) Inside the U.S.: ``I declare (or certify, verify, or state) 
under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. 
Executed on (date). (Signature).''
    (B) Outside the U.S.: ``I declare (or certify, verify, or state) 
under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America 
that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). 
(Signature).''
    (iv) All requests for records shall describe the record sought and 
provide sufficient information to enable the records to be located 
(e.g. identification of the SORN, approximate date the record was 
initiated, originating organization, and type of document).
    (v) All requesters shall comply with the procedures in 32 CFR part 
310, subpart D for inspecting and/or obtaining copies of requested 
records.
    (vi) Requestors affiliated with the DoD may not use official 
government supplies or equipment to include mailing addresses, work 
phones/faxes, or DoD-issued email accounts to make requests. If 
requests are received using DoD equipment, the requestor will be 
advised to make a new request, using non-DoD equipment, and processing 
of their request will begin only after such new request is received.
    (3) The System Manager shall mail a written acknowledgement of the 
request for access to the individual within 10 working days of receipt. 
The acknowledgement shall identify the request and may, if necessary, 
request any additional information needed to access the record, 
advising the requestor that they have 20 calendar days to reply. No 
acknowledgement is necessary if the request can be reviewed and 
processed, to include notification to the individual of a grant or 
denial of access, within the 10 working day period. Whenever practical, 
the decision to grant or deny access shall be made within 30 working 
days. For requests presented in person, written acknowledgement may be 
provided at the time the request is presented.
    (4) When a request for access is received, System Managers shall 
promptly take one of three actions on requests to access records:
    (i) If no portions of the record are exempt, pursuant to the 
published SORN, 32 CFR part 310, subpart F, and Sec.  329.7 of this 
part, the request for access shall be granted and the individual will 
be provided access to all records about him or her. If there is 
information within the record not about the record subject (e.g. third 
party information) that information will be removed and referred to the 
Chief of the OIP for processing under 5 U.S.C. 552, pursuant to 32 CFR 
part 286.
    (ii) If the System Manager finds that the record, or portions of 
the record, is exempt from access pursuant to the published SORN, 32 
CFR part 310, subpart F, and Sec.  329.7 of this part, they will refer 
the recommended denial to the Chief of the OIP, through their Director, 
within 10 working days of receipt. The referral will include the 
following:
    (A) Written recommendation for denial explaining which portion(s) 
of the record should be exempt from access and a discussion for why the

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record, or portions of the record, should be denied.
    (B) The record, or portions of the record, being recommended for 
denial. If only portions of records are recommended for denial they 
must be clearly marked or highlighted.
    (C) The original request and any correspondence with the requestor.
    (D) A clean copy of the record.
    (iii) If the request for access pertains to a record controlled and 
maintained by another Federal agency, but in the temporary custody of 
the NGB, the records are the property of the originating Component. 
Access to these records is controlled by the system notice and rules 
for the originating component/agency. Such requests shall be referred 
to the originating component/agency and the requestor will be notified 
in writing of the referral and contact information for the component/
agency.
    (5) The Chief of the OIP will use the following procedures for 
processing any recommended denials of access:
    (i) The specific reason for denial cited by the System Manager will 
be evaluated and a recommendation will be presented to the denial 
authority.
    (ii) If the request for access is denied, a written letter will be 
sent to the requestor using procedures outlined in 32 CFR part 310, 
subpart D. The requestor will be advised they have 60 calendar days to 
appeal the decision to deny access. Appeals should be sent to: NGB 
Chief Counsel, 1636 Defense Pentagon, Room 1D164, Washington, DC 20301-
1636. The requester must provide proof of identity or a sworn 
declaration with their appeal, as outlined in 32 CFR part 310, subpart 
D.
    (iii) If the request for access should be granted, the access 
request will be directed back to the System Manager to process.
    (6) The Chief Counsel will use the following procedures for any 
appeals received:
    (i) The Chief Counsel will notify the Chief of the OIP that an 
appeal has been received and will request the administrative record of 
the initial denial.
    (ii) The Chief of the OIP will provide an exact copy of all records 
from the initial denial to the Chief Counsel within 10 working days.
    (iii) The Chief Counsel will review the appeal and make a final 
determination on whether to grant or deny the appeal.
    (A) If the appellate authority denies the appeal, he or she will 
provide a formal written notification to the requestor using the 
procedures outlined in 32 CFR part 310, subpart D and will provide a 
copy of the response to the Chief of the OIP.
    (B) If the appellate authority grants the appeal, he or she will 
notify the Chief of the OIP and the Directorate that recommended the 
denial that the individual is being given access to the record. The 
Chief Counsel will provide a subsequent notification to the requestor 
advising that his or her appeal has been granted, and will provide the 
requestor access to his or her record.
    (iv) All appeals should be processed within 30 working days after 
receipt by the Chief Counsel. If the Chief Counsel determines that a 
fair and equitable review cannot be made within that time, the 
individual shall be informed in writing of the reasons for the delay 
and of the approximate date the review is expected to be completed.
    (7) There is no requirement that an individual be given access to 
records that are not in a group of records that meet the definition of 
a SOR in 5 U.S.C. 552a.
    (8) No verification of identity shall be required of an individual 
seeking access to records that are otherwise available to the public.
    (9) Individuals shall not be denied access to a record in a SOR 
about themselves because those records are exempted from disclosure 
under 32 CFR part 285. Individuals may only be denied access to a 
record in a SOR about themselves when those records are exempted from 
the access provisions of 32 CFR part 310, subpart F, and this part.
    (10) Individuals shall not be denied access to their records for 
refusing to disclose their Social Security Number (SSN), unless 
disclosure of the SSN is required by statute, by regulation adopted 
before January 1, 1975, or if the record's filing identifier and only 
means of retrieval is by the SSN (reference 5 U.S.C. 552a, note, 
Executive Order 9397, as amended).
    (c) Access to Records or Information Compiled for Law Enforcement 
Purposes.
    (1) All requests by individuals to access records about themselves 
are processed under 5 U.S.C. 552, 5 U.S.C. 552a as well as 32 CFR part 
286, 32 CFR part 310, subpart D to give requesters a greater degree of 
access to records on themselves, regardless of which Act is cited by 
the requestor for processing.
    (2) Records (including those in the custody of law enforcement 
activities) that have been incorporated into a SOR exempted from the 
access conditions of 5 U.S.C. 552a and 32 CFR part 310, subpart D will 
be processed in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552a, 32 CFR part 310, subpart 
D, and this part. Individuals shall not be denied access to records 
solely because they are in an exempt system. They will have the same 
access that they would receive under 5 U.S.C. 552 and 32 CFR part 286.
    (3) Records systems exempted from access conditions will be 
processed under 5 U.S.C. 552 and 32 CFR part 286, or 5 U.S.C. 552a and 
32 CFR part 310, subpart D, depending upon which gives the greater 
degree of access.
    (4) If a non-law enforcement element has temporary custody of a 
record otherwise exempted from access under 32 CFR part 310, subpart F 
for the purpose of adjudication or personnel actions, they shall refer 
any such access request, along with the records, to the originating 
agency and notify the requestor of the referral.
    (d) Access to illegible, incomplete, or partially exempt records. 
(1) An individual shall not be denied access to his or her record or a 
copy of the record solely because the physical condition or the format 
of the record does not make it readily available (e.g. record is in a 
deteriorated state or on a magnetic tape). The document will be 
prepared as an extract, or it will be exactly recopied.
    (2) If a portion of the record contains information that is exempt 
from access, an extract or summary containing all of the information in 
the record that is releasable shall be prepared by the System Manager.
    (3) When the physical condition of the record makes it necessary to 
prepare an extract for release, the extract shall be prepared so that 
the requestor will understand it.
    (4) The requester shall be given access to any deletions or changes 
to records that are accessible.
    (e) Access to medical records. (1) Medical records and other 
protected health information (PHI) shall be disclosed to the individual 
pursuant to Chapter 11 of DoD 6025.18-R, DoD Health Information Privacy 
Regulation (Available at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/602518r.pdf) and 32 CFR part 310, subpart D.
    (2) The individual may be charged reproduction fees for copies or 
records as outlined in 32 CFR part 310, subpart D.
    (f) Amending and disputing personal information in systems of 
records. (1) The System Manager shall allow individuals to request 
amendments to the records covered by their system notice to the extent 
that such records are not accurate, relevant, timely, or complete. 
Amendments are limited to correcting factual matters and not matters of 
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potential, and job performance appraisals.
    (2) Individuals seeking amendment to records that pertain to 
themselves, and that are filed or retrieved by their name or other 
personal identifier, may submit a request for amendment in person, by 
mail, or by email. All requests for amendment must be in accordance 
with the following:
    (i) Any individual making a request for amendment to records in 
person shall show personal identification to the appropriate System 
Manager, as identified in the SORN published in the FR, to verify his 
or her identity, as outlined in 32 CFR part 310, subpart D.
    (ii) Any individual making a request for amendment to records by 
mail or email shall address such request to the System Manager. If the 
System Manager is unknown, they may inquire to NGB-JA/OIP: AHS-Bldg 2, 
Suite T319B, 111 S. George Mason Drive, Arlington VA 22204-1382, or 
email ng.ncr.arng.mbx.ngb-privacy-office@mail.mil for assistance in 
locating the System Manager.
    (iii) Requests for amendment shall include a mailing address where 
the decision on the request for amendment can be sent and include 
either a signed notarized statement or a signed unsworn declaration to 
verify his or her identity to ensure that they are seeking to amend 
records about themselves and not, inadvertently or intentionally, the 
records of others. The Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) provides a penalty 
of a misdemeanor and a fine of not more than $5,000 for any person who 
knowingly and willfully requests or obtains any record concerning an 
individual from an agency under false pretenses. The declaration shall 
read as follows:
    (A) Inside the US: ``I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under 
penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on 
(date). (Signature).''
    (B) Outside the US: ``I declare (or certify, verify, or state) 
under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America 
that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). 
(Signature).''
    (iv) All requests for amendment must include all information 
necessary to make a determination on the request for amendment, as 
outlined in 32 CFR part 310, subpart D.
    (v) Requestors affiliated with the DoD may not use official 
government supplies or equipment to include mailing addresses, work 
phones/faxes, or DoD-issued email accounts to make requests for 
amendment. If requests are received using DoD equipment, the requestor 
will be advised to make a new request, using non-DoD equipment, and 
processing of their request will begin only after such new request is 
received.
    (3) When a request for amendment is received, the System Manager 
shall:
    (i) Mail a written acknowledgement of the request for amendment to 
the individual within 10 working days of receipt. Such acknowledgement 
shall identify the request and may, if necessary, request any 
additional information needed to make a determination, advising the 
requestor that they have 20 calendar days to reply. No acknowledgement 
is necessary if the request can be reviewed and processed, to include 
notification to the individual of a grant or denial of amendment within 
the 10 working day period. Whenever practical, the decision to amend 
shall be made within 30 working days. For requests presented in person, 
written acknowledgement may be provided at the time the request is 
presented.
    (ii) Determine whether the requester has adequately supported his 
or her claim that the record is inaccurate, irrelevant, untimely, or 
incomplete.
    (A) If it is determined the individual's request for amendment is 
being granted, the System Manager will proceed to amend the records in 
accordance with existing statutes, regulations, or administrative 
procedures. The requestor will then be notified in writing of the 
agreement to amend and all previous holders of the records will be 
notified of the amendment as required by 32 CFR part 310, subpart D.
    (B) If it is determined that any, or all, of the record should not 
be amended, the original request, along with the record requested for 
amendment, and justification for recommended denial action shall be 
forwarded through their Director to the Chief of the OIP within 10 
working days of receipt for a decision by the IDA.
    (C) If the request for an amendment pertains to a record controlled 
and maintained by another Federal agency, the amendment request shall 
be referred to the appropriate agency and the requestor will be 
notified in writing of the referral and contact information for the 
agency.
    (4) The Chief of the OIP will use the following procedures for any 
recommended denials of amendment:
    (i) The specific reason for denial of amendment cited by the System 
Manager shall be evaluated and a recommendation presented to the IDA on 
whether to support the recommendation to deny amendment to the record.
    (ii) If the request to amend the record is denied, a written letter 
will be sent to the requestor using procedures outlined in 32 CFR part 
310, subpart D. If an individual disagrees with the denial decision, he 
or she may file an appeal within 60 calendar days of receipt of the 
denial notification. Appeals should be sent to: NGB Chief Counsel, 1636 
Defense Pentagon, Room 1D164, Washington DC 20301-1636.
    (5) The Chief Counsel will use the following procedures for any 
appeals received:
    (i) The Chief Counsel will notify Chief of the OIP that an appeal 
has been received and request an exact copy of the administrative 
record be provided within 10 working days.
    (ii) The Chief Counsel will review the appeal and make a final 
determination on whether to grant or deny the appeal.
    (A) If the Chief Counsel denies the appeal, a written letter will 
be provided to the requestor using the procedures outlined in 32 CFR 
part 310, subpart D including notification to the requestor that they 
may file a statement of disagreement. A brief statement will be 
prepared by the NGB Chief Counsel summarizing the reasons for refusing 
to amend the records and a copy will be provided to the Chief of the 
OIP and the System Manager.
    (B) If the appellate authority grants the appeal, the procedures 
outlined in 32 CFR part 310, subpart D and this part will be followed. 
The System Manager will be responsible for informing all previous 
recipients of the amendment when a disclosure accounting has been 
maintained in accordance with 32 CFR part 310, subpart E.
    (iii) All appeals should be processed within 30 working days after 
receipt by the Chief Counsel. If the Chief Counsel determines that a 
fair and equitable review cannot be made within that time, the 
individual shall be informed in writing of the reasons for the delay 
and of the approximate date the review is expected to be completed.
    (g) Disclosure of disputed information. If the appellate authority 
determines the record should not be amended and the individual has 
filed a statement of disagreement, the following procedures will be 
used:
    (1) The System Manager that has control of the record shall 
annotate the disputed record so it is apparent to any person to whom 
the record is disclosed that a statement has been filed. Where 
feasible, the notation itself shall be integral to the record.
    (2) Where disclosure accounting has been made, the System Manager 
shall advise previous recipients that the record has been disputed and 
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provide a copy of the individual's statement of disagreement, and the 
statement summarizing the reasons for the NGB refusing to amend the 
records in accordance with 32 CFR part 310, subpart D.
    (3) The statement of disagreement shall be maintained in a manner 
that permits ready retrieval whenever the disputed portion of the 
record is disclosed.
    (4) When information that is the subject of a statement of 
disagreement is subsequently requested for disclosure, the System 
Manager will follow these procedures:
    (i) The System Manager shall note which information is disputed and 
provide a copy of the individual's statement in the disclosure.
    (ii) The System Manager shall include the summary of the NGB's 
reasons for not making a correction when disclosing disputed 
information.
    (5) Copies of the statement summarizing the reasons for the NGB 
refusing to amend the records will be treated as part of the 
individual's record; however, it will not be subject to the amendment 
procedure outlined in 5 U.S.C. 552 and 32 CFR part 310, subpart D.
    (h) Penalties. (1) Civil Action. An individual may file a civil 
suit against the NGB or its employees if the individual feels certain 
provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552a have been violated.
    (2) Criminal Action.
    (i) Criminal penalties may be imposed against any officer or 
employee for the offenses listed in subsection I of 5 U.S.C. 552a.
    (ii) An officer or employee of NGB may be found guilty of a 
misdemeanor and fined up to $5,000 for a violation of the offenses 
listed in subsection I of 5 U.S.C. 552a.
    (i) Litigation status sheet. Whenever a complaint citing 5 U.S.C. 
552a is filed in a U.S. District Court against the NGB, or any employee 
of NGB, the Chief of Litigation and Employment Law shall:
    (1) Promptly notify the Chief of the OIP of the complaint using the 
litigation status sheet in 32 CFR part 310, appendix H. This status 
sheet will be provided to the DPCLO, or the respective service(s) 
involved in the litigation.
    (2) Provide a revised litigation status sheet to the Chief of the 
OIP at each stage of the litigation for submission to the DPCLO, or the 
respective service(s) involved.
    (3) When a court renders a formal opinion or judgment, copies of 
the judgment or opinion shall be provided to the Chief of the OIP who 
will provide them to DPCLO, or the respective service(s) involved, 
along with the litigation status sheet reporting the judgment or 
opinion.
    (j) Computer matching programs. All requests for participation in a 
matching program (either as a matching agency, or a source agency) 
shall be submitted directly to the DPCLO for review and compliance, 
following procedures in 32 CFR part 310, subpart L. The Directorate 
shall submit a courtesy copy of such requests to the Chief of the OIP.


Sec.  329.7  Exemptions.

    (a) General information. There are two types of exemptions, general 
and specific. The general exemption authorizes the exemption of a SOR 
from all but a few requirements of 5 U.S.C. 552a. The specific 
exemption authorizes exemption of a SOR or portion thereof, from only a 
few specific requirements. If a new SOR originates for which an 
exemption is proposed, or an additional or new exemption for an 
existing SOR is proposed, the exemption shall be submitted with the 
SORN. No exemption of a SOR shall be considered automatic for all 
records in the system. The System Manager shall review each requested 
records and apply the exemptions only when this will serve significant 
and legitimate purpose of the Federal Government.
    (b) Exemption for classified material. All SOR maintained by the 
NGB shall be exempt under section (k)(1) of 5 U.S.C. 552a to the extent 
that the systems contain any information properly classified under 
Executive Order 13526 and that is required by that Executive Order to 
be kept secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy. 
This exemption is applicable to parts of all systems of records 
including those not otherwise specifically designated for exemptions 
herein which contain isolated items of properly classified information.
    (c) Exemption for anticipation of a civil action or proceeding. All 
systems of records maintained by the NGB shall be exempt under section 
(d)(5) of 5 U.S.C. 552a, to the extent that the record is compiled in 
reasonable anticipation of a civil action or proceeding.
    (d) General exemptions. No SOR within the NGB shall be considered 
exempt under subsection (j) or (k) of 5 U.S.C. 552a until the exemption 
rule for the SOR has been published as a final rule in the FR.
    (e) Specific exemptions. (1) System identifier and name: INGB 001, 
Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C.) and Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) 
Case Files.
    (i) Exemption: During the course of a 5 U.S.C. 552 or 5 U.S.C. 552a 
action, exempt materials from other systems of records may, in turn, 
become part of the case records in this system. To the extent that 
copies of exempt records from those other systems of records are 
entered into this 5 U.S.C. 552 or 5 U.S.C. 552a case record, the NGB 
hereby claims the same exemptions for the records from those other 
systems that are entered into this system, as claimed for the original 
primary SOR which they are a part.
    (ii) Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552a(j)(2), (k)(1), (k)(2), (k)(3), 
(k)(4), (k)(5), (k)(6), and (k)(7).
    (iii) 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 SOR. 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.
    (2) System identifier and name: INGB 005, Special Investigation 
Reports and Files.
    (i) Exemption: Investigatory material compiled for law enforcement 
purposes, other than material within the scope of subsection 5 U.S.C. 
552a(j)(2), may be exempt pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(k)(2). However, if 
an individual is denied any right, privilege, or benefit for which he 
would otherwise be entitled by Federal law or for which he would 
otherwise be eligible, as a result of the maintenance of the 
information, the individual will be provided access to the information 
except to the extent that disclosure would reveal the identity of a 
confidential source. NOTE: When claimed, this exemption allows limited 
protection of investigative reports maintained in a SOR used in 
personnel or administrative actions. Any portion of this SOR which 
falls within the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552a(k)(2) may be exempt from 
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of 5 U.S.C. 552a: (c)(3), (d), (e)(1), (e)(4)(G), (H), and (I), and 
(f).
    (ii) Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552a(k)(2).
    (iii) Reasons: (A) From subsection (c)(3) of 5 U.S.C. 552a because 
to grant access to the accounting for each disclosure as required by 5 
U.S.C. 552a, including the date, nature, and purpose of each disclosure 
and the identity of the recipient, could alert the subject to the 
existence of the investigation. This could seriously compromise case 
preparation by prematurely revealing its existence and nature; 
compromise or interfere with witnesses or make witnesses reluctant to 
cooperate; and lead to suppression, alteration, or destruction of 
evidence.
    (B) From subsections (d) and (f) of 5 U.S.C. 552a because providing 
access to investigative records and the right to contest the contents 
of those records and force changes to be made to the information 
contained therein would seriously interfere with and thwart the orderly 
and unbiased conduct of the investigation and impede case preparation. 
Providing access rights normally afforded under 5 U.S.C. 552a would 
provide the subject with valuable information that would allow 
interference with or compromise of witnesses or render witnesses 
reluctant to cooperate; lead to suppression, alteration, or destruction 
of evidence; enable individuals to conceal their wrongdoing or mislead 
the course of the investigation; and result in the secreting of or 
other disposition of assets that would make them difficult or 
impossible to reach in order to satisfy any Government claim growing 
out of the investigation or proceeding.
    (C) From subsection (e)(1) of 5 U.S.C. 552a because it is not 
always possible to detect the relevance or necessity of each piece of 
information in the early stages of an investigation. In some cases, it 
is only after the information is evaluated in light of other evidence 
that its relevance and necessity will be clear.
    (D) From subsections (e)(4)(G) and (H) of 5 U.S.C. 552a because 
this SOR is compiled for investigative purposes and is exempt from the 
access provisions of subsections (d) and (f).
    (E) From subsection (e)(4)(I) of 5 U.S.C. 552a because to the 
extent that this provision is construed to require more detailed 
disclosure than the broad, generic information currently published in 
the system notice, an exemption from this provision is necessary to 
protect the confidentiality of sources of information and to protect 
privacy and physical safety of witnesses and informants.

    Dated: January 21, 2014.
Patricia L. Toppings,
OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.
[FR Doc. 2014-01883 Filed 2-4-14; 8:45 am]
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