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Privacy Act System Notice 09-20-0001

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System name: Certifying Interpreting Physician File. HHS/CDC/NIOSH.

Security classification: None.

System location: Division of Respiratory Disease Studies (DRDS), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, WV 26505-2888.

Data are also occasionally located at contractor sites as studies are developed, data collected, and reports written. A list of contractor sites where individually identified data are currently located is available upon request to the system manager.

Categories of individuals covered by the system: Physicians who have taken the test to be certified to interpret X-rays under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. Records are also maintained on physicians who have attempted to obtain certification, but did not qualify.

Categories of records in the system: Certification qualifications of physicians.

Authority for maintenance of the system: Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, Sections 203, “Medical Examinations” and 501, "Research" (30 U.S.C. 843, 951).

Purpose(s): The main purpose is to certify physicians as qualified to interpret X-rays using the ILO system of classification for pneumoconiosis.

Routine uses of records maintained in the system, including categories of users and the purposes of such uses: Name, address, and phone number supplied to coal operators and X-ray facilities so that they may contact physicians to do work for them.

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.

Records subject to the Privacy Act are disclosed to private firms for data entry, computer systems analysis and computer programming services. The contractors promptly return data entry records after the contracted work is completed. The contractors are required to maintain Privacy Act safeguards.

In the event of litigation initiated at the request of NIOSH, the Institute may disclose such records as it deems desirable or necessary to the Department of Justice and to the Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, where appropriate, to enable the Departments to effectively represent the Institute, provided such disclosure is compatible with the purpose for which the records were collected. The only types of litigative proceedings that NIOSH is authorized to request are: (1) enforcement of a subpoena issued to an employer to provide relevant information; or (2) contempt citation against an employer for failure to comply with a warrant obtained by the Institute.

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

Storage: File folders, microcomputer files, computer tapes/disks and printouts, and microfilm.

Retrievability: Name and/or Social Security number, supplied on a voluntary basis, are the indices used to retrieve records.


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), or its contractors, as authorized by the system manager to accomplish the stated purposes for which the data in this system have been collected.

2. Physical Safeguards: Locked cabinets in locked rooms, 24-hour guard service in buildings, personnel screening and escorting of visitors, a limited access, secured computer room with fire extinguishers and overhead sprinkler system, computer terminals and automated records located in secured areas.

3. Procedural Safeguards: Protection for computerized records both on the mainframe and the CIO Local Area Network (LAN) includes 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 Vault Management System for secure off-site storage is available for backup tapes. Access to highly sensitive systems is limited to users obtaining prior supervisory approval. Additional safeguards may be built into the program by the system analyst as warranted by the sensitivity of the data.

CDC and contractor employees who maintain records are instructed to check with the system manager prior to making disclosures of data. When individually identified data are being used in a room, admittance at either CDC or contractor sites is restricted to specifically authorized personnel.

Privacy Act provisions are included in contracts, and the CDC Project Director, contract officers and project officer oversee compliance with these requirements. Upon completion of the contract, all data will be either returned to CDC or destroyed, as specified by the contract.

4. 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 NIOSH 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.

Retention and disposal: Records are retained indefinitely. Disposal methods include erasing computer tapes, burning or shredding printouts or transferring records to the Federal Records Center.

System manager(s) and address: Administrative Officer, Division of Respiratory Disease Studies (DRDS), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, WV 26505-2888.

Team Leader, Coal Workers’ Health Surveillance Program, Surveillance Branch, DRDS, NIOSH, 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, WV 26505-2888.

Policy coordination is provided by: Director, Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, NIOSH, 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, WV 26505-2888.

Notification procedure: An individual may learn if a record exists about himself or herself by contacting the system manager at the address above. 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: Information is obtained directly from the individual or his or her designee.

Systems exempted from certain provisions of the act: None.

[Federal Register: December 31, 1992 (Volume 57, Number 252)] [Notices] [Page 62814] (PDF - 1 MB)



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