[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 92 (Friday, May 11, 2012)]
[Pages 27739-27740]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-11452]



Office of the Secretary

[Docket ID: DOD-2012-OS-0055]

Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records

AGENCY: Defense Threat Reduction Agency, DoD.

ACTION: Notice to Alter a System of Records.


SUMMARY: The Defense Threat Reduction Agency proposes to alter a system 
of records in its inventory of record systems subject to the Privacy 
Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended.

DATES: This proposed action would be effective on June 11, 2012 unless 
comments are received which result in a contrary determination.

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, 2nd Floor, Suite 02G09, Alexandria, VA 22350-
    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. Juanita Gaines, Freedom of 
Information and Privacy Office, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, 8725 
John J. Kingman Road, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-6201 or by phone at (703) 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Defense Threat Reduction Agency notices 
for systems of records subject to the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 
552a), as amended, have been published in the Federal Register and are 
available from the address in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. The 
proposed system report, as required by 5 U.S.C. 552a(r) of the Privacy 
Act of 1974, as amended, was submitted on May 1, 2012, to the House 
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Senate Committee on 
Governmental Affairs, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
pursuant to paragraph 4c of Appendix I to OMB Circular No. A-130, 
``Federal Agency Responsibilities for Maintaining Records About 
Individuals,'' dated February 8, 1996 (February 20, 1996, 61 FR 6427).

    Dated: May 8, 2012.
Aaron Siegel,
Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.

System name:
    Nuclear Test Participants (October 26, 2009, 74 FR 54975).

* * * * *

System location:
    Delete entry and replace with ``Nuclear Test Personnel Review 
(NTPR) Office, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, 8725 John J. Kingman 
Road, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-6201.''

Categories of individuals covered by the system:
    Delete entry and replace with ``U.S. Veterans who were military 
members on active duty, and DoD civilians who were participants of the 
U.S. nuclear testing programs, assigned to Hiroshima or Nagasaki from 
August 6, 1945 to July 1, 1946; and DoD contractors and foreign

[[Page 27740]]

nationals who participated in the cleanout of Enewetak Atoll.''
* * * * *

Routine uses of records maintained in the system, including categories 
of users and the purposes of such uses:
    Delete entry and replace with ``In addition to those disclosures 
generally permitted under 5 U.S.C. 552a(b) of the Privacy Act of 1974, 
these records contained therein may specifically be disclosed outside 
the DoD as a routine use pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(3) as follows:
    National Research Council and Vanderbilt University for the purpose 
of conducting epidemiological studies on the effects of ionizing 
radiation on participants of nuclear test programs.
    Department of Labor and the Department of Justice for the purpose 
of processing claims by individuals who allege job-related disabilities 
as a result of participation in nuclear test programs and for 
litigation actions.
    Department of Energy (DOE) for the purpose of identifying DOE and 
DOE contractor personnel who were, or may be in the future, involved in 
nuclear test programs; and for use in processing claims or litigation 
    Department of Veterans Affairs for the purpose of processing claims 
by individuals who allege service-connected disabilities as a result of 
participation in nuclear test programs and for litigation actions' and 
to conduct epidemiological studies on the effect of radiation on 
nuclear test participants.
    Upon appropriate identification or with proper authorization, 
information may be released to veterans or their authorized 
    Veterans Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction for the purposes of 
reviewing and overseeing the Department of Defense Radiation Dose 
Reconstruction Program, to include the conduct of audits of dose 
reconstructions and decisions by the Department of Veterans Affairs 
(DVA) on claims for radiogenic diseases and the provision of assistance 
to both the DVA and the DTRA in providing information on the Program, 
and such other activities as authorized by the Veterans Benefits Act of 
2003 (Pub. L. 108-183, section 601).
    The DoD ``Blanket Routine Uses'' published at the beginning of 
DTRA's compilation of system of records notices apply to this system.

    Note: This system of records contains Personal Identifiable 
Information. The DoD Health Information Privacy Regulation (DoD 
6025.18-R) issued pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and 
Accountability Act of 1996, applies to most such health information. 
DoD 6025.18-R may place additional procedural requirements on the 
uses and disclosures of such information beyond those found in the 
Privacy Act of 1974 or mentioned in this system of records notice.''

* * * * *

    Delete entry and replace with ``Paper records and electronic 
storage media.''

    Delete entry and replace with ``Name, SSN, or service number.''

    Delete entry and replace with ``Paper records are filed in folders, 
microfilm/fiche and computer printouts stored in areas accessible only 
by authorized personnel. Buildings are protected by security guards and 
intrusion alarm systems. Magnetic tapes are stored in a vault in a 
controlled area within limited access facilities. Access to computer 
programs is controlled through software applications which require 
validation prior to use. Electronic files are password protected or 

Retention and disposal:
    Delete entry and replace with ``Records are retained for 75 years 
after termination of case. Paper and microfiche records are collected 
in official disposal containers (burn-bags here at Fort Belvoir, and 
certified records disposal containers (contract service) at Nuclear 
Test Personnel Review Office (NTPR)'s offsite contract sites). With 
regard to magnetic tape (or hard disk drives) bulk demagnetizers are 
used to clean the disks/tape before they are turned over to DTRA 
logistics for disposal. Electronic files are to be electronically 
transferred to NARA when no longer required.''
* * * * *

Record source categories:
    Delete entry and replace with ``Retired Military Personnel records 
from the National Personnel Records Center, US DTRA Form 150 from 
individuals voluntarily contacting DTRA or other elements of DoD or 
other Government Agencies by phone or mail. DoD historical records, 
dosimetry records and records from the Department of Energy, Department 
of Veterans Affairs, the Social Security Administration, the Internal 
Revenue Service, and the Department of Health and Human Services.''
* * * * *
[FR Doc. 2012-11452 Filed 5-10-12; 8:45 am]