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Privacy Act System Notice 09-20-0138

System name: Epidemic Intelligence Service Officers Files. HHS/CDC/OWCD.

Security classification: None.

System location: Office of Workforce and Career Development, Century Center, Bldg. 2400, Room 5201, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30333.

and

Federal Records Center, 4712 Southpark Blvd., Ellenwood, GA  30294

Categories of individuals covered by the system: EIS Officers - Current, alumni, and applicants.

Categories of records in the system: Applications, interview materials, letters of recommendations, and call-to-duty papers.

Authority for maintenance of the system: Public Health Service Act, Section 203, "Commissioned Corps" and Section 207, "Appointment of Personnel" (42 U.S.C. 204, 209).

Purpose(s): The system is designed to process individual applications for the Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer program, and to assess a candidate's suitability for a position in the program.

Routine uses of records maintained in the system, including categories of users and the purposes of such uses: Disclosure may be made to a congressional office from the record of an individual in response to a verified inquiry from the congressional office made at the written request of that individual.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) may disclose information from this system of records to the Department of Justice, or to a court or other tribunal, when: (a) HHS, or any component thereof; or (b) any HHS employee in his or her official capacity; or (c) any HHS employee in his or her individual capacity where the Department of Justice (or HHS, where it is authorized to do so) has agreed to represent the employee; or (d) the United States or any agency thereof where HHS determines that the litigation is likely to affect HHS or any of its components, is a party to litigation or has an interest in such litigation, and HHS determines that the use of such records by the Department of Justice, the court or other tribunal is relevant and necessary to the litigation and would help in the effective representation of the governmental party, provided, however, that in each case, HHS determines that such disclosure is compatible with the purpose for which the records were collected.

Policies and practices for storing, retrieving, accessing, retaining, and disposing of records in the system:

Storage: File folders, computer tapes/disks, and CDROMs.

Retrievability: Retrieved by name.

Safeguards:

  1. Authorized Users: Access is granted to only a limited number of physicians, scientists, statisticians, and designated support staff of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as authorized by the system manager to accomplish the stated purposes for which the data in this system have been collected.
  1. Physical Safeguards: Hardcopy records are kept in locked cabinets in locked rooms, security guard service in buildings, personnel screening of visitors, copies of files stored in a separate secure off-site location.
  1. Procedural Safeguards: The OWCD Local Area Network (LAN) uses security packages to control unauthorized access to the system. Attempts to gain access by unauthorized individuals are automatically recorded and reviewed on a daily basis. Protection for computerized records both on the mainframe and the OWCD LAN include programmed verification of valid user identification code and password prior to logging on to the system, mandatory password changes, limited log-ins, virus protection, and user rights/file attribute restrictions. Password protection imposes user name and password log-in requirements to prevent unauthorized access. Each user name is assigned limited access rights to files and directories at varying levels to control file sharing. There are routine daily backup procedures and secure off-site storage is available for backup tapes. CDC employees who maintain records are instructed to check with the system manager prior to making disclosures of data.
  1. Implementation Guidelines: The safeguards outlined above are in accordance with the HHS Information Security Program Policy and FIPS Pub 200, “Minimum Security Requirements for Federal Information and Information Systems.” Data maintained on CDC’s Mainframe and the OWCD LAN are in compliance with OMB Circular A-130, Appendix III. Security is provided for information collection, processing, transmission, storage, and dissemination in general support systems and major applications.

System manager(s) and address: Director, Office of Workforce and Career Development, Century Center, Bldg. 2400, Rm. 6508, MS E94, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30333.

Notification procedure: An individual may learn if a record exists about himself or herself by contacting the system manager at the above address. Requesters in person must provide driver's license or other positive identification. Individuals who do not appear in person must either: (1) submit a notarized request to verify their identity or; (2) certify that they are the individuals they claim to be and that they understand that the knowing and willful request for or acquisition of a record pertaining to an individual under false pretenses is a criminal offense under the Privacy Act subject to a $5,000 fine.

Record access procedures: Same as notification procedures. Requesters should also reasonably specify the record contents being sought. An accounting of disclosures that have been made of the record, if any, may be requested.

Contesting record procedures: Contact the official at the address specified under System Manager above, reasonably identify the record and specify the information being contested, the corrective action sought, and the reasons for requesting the correction, along with supporting information to show how the record is inaccurate, incomplete, untimely, or irrelevant.

Record source categories: Educational institutions, previous employers and subject individuals.

Systems exempted from certain provisions of the act: None.

[Federal Register: November 24, 1986 (Volume 51, Number 226)] [Notices] [Page 42473-42474] (PDF - 843 Kb)

 

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