Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records

Summary:

The Department of the Navy is amending a system of records notice in its existing inventory of record systems subject to the Privacy Act of 1974, (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended.

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Dates:

This proposed action will be effective without further notice on February 28, 2007 unless comments are received which result in a contrary determination.

Addresses:

Send comments to the Department of the Navy, PA/FOIA Policy Branch, Chief of Naval Operations (DNS-36), 2000 Navy Pentagon, Washington, DC 20350-2000.

For further information contact:

Mrs. Doris Lama at (202) 685-6545.

Supplementary information:

The Department of the Navy systems of records notices 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 above.

The specific changes to the record system being amended are set forth below followed by the notice, as amended, published in its entirety. The proposed amendments are not within the purview of subsection (r) of the Privacy Act of 1974, (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended, which requires the submission of a new or altered system report.

Dated: January 22, 2007. C.R. Choate,

Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.

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System name:

Navy Military Personnel Records (November 16, 2004, 69 FR 67128).

Changes:

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System location:

In para 1, line 4, after “active duty” add “Navy” and replace “except” with “including”. Also, in line 8 after “1995” change “;” to “.”.

Delete second para. In old para 4, last line, replace “http://neds.daps.dla.mil/sndl.htm” with “http://doni.daps.dla.mil/sndl.aspx”.

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System manager(s) and address:

In last line, replace “http://neds.daps.dla.mil/sndl.htm” with “http://doni.daps.dla.mil/sndl.aspx.

Notification procedure:

Delete para 3.

In old para 4, lines 8 and 9, change www.nara.gov/regional/mpr.html to read http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/index.html

In old para 5, lines 9 and 10, replace“http://neds.daps.dla.mil/sndl.htm” with “http://doni.daps.dla.mil/sndl.aspx”.

Replace old para 6 with “The letter should contain first, middle, and last name and the last four of the social security number (and/or enlisted service number/officer file number), rank/rate, designator, military status, address, and signature of the requester.”

Record access procedures:

In para 2, line 5, delete “except” and replace with “including”.

Delete para 3.

In old para 4, lines 7-9, change www.nara.gov/regional/mpr.html to read http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/index.html

In old para 5, line 9, replace “http://neds.daps.dla.mil/sndl.htm” with “http://doni.daps.dla.mil/sndl.aspx”.

Replace old para 6 with “The letter should contain first, middle, and last name and the last four of the social security number (and/or enlisted service number/officer file number), rank/rate, designator, military status, address, and signature of the requester.”

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System name:

Navy Military Personnel Records System

System location:

Primary locations: Navy Personnel Command (PERS-312), 5720 Integrity Drive, Millington, TN 38055-3120 for records of all active duty Navy and reserve members (including Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)); and for records of members that were retired, discharged, or died while in service since 1995. Write to the National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records, 9700 Page Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63132-5100 for records of members that were retired, discharged, or died while in service prior to 1995.

Secondary locations:

Personnel Offices and Personnel Support Detachments providing administrative support for the local activity where the individual is assigned. Official mailing addresses are published in the Standard Navy Distribution List that is available at http://doni.daps.dla.mil/sndl.aspx.

Categories of individuals covered by the system:

All Navy military personnel: officers, enlisted, active, inactive, reserve, fleet reserve, retired, midshipmen, officer candidates, and Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps personnel.

Categories of records in the system:

Personnel service jackets and service records, correspondence and records in both automated and non-automated form concerning classification, assignment, distribution, promotion, advancement, performance, recruiting, retention, reenlistment, separation, training, education, morale, personal affairs, benefits, entitlements, discipline and administration of naval personnel.

Authority for maintenance of the system:

10 U.S.C. 5013, Secretary of the Navy; 42 U.S.C. 10606 as implemented by DoD Instruction 1030.1, Victim and Witness Assistance Procedures; and E.O. 9397 (SSN).

Purpose(s):

To assist officials and employees of the Navy in the management, supervision and administration of Navy personnel (officer and enlisted) and the operations of related personnel affairs and functions.

Routine uses of records maintained in the system, including categories of users and the purposes of such uses:

In addition to those disclosures generally permitted under 5 U.S.C. 552a (b) of the Privacy Act, these records or information contained therein may specifically be disclosed outside the DoD as a routine use pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a (b)(3) as follows:

To officials and employees of the National Research Council in Cooperative Studies of the National History of Disease, of Prognosis and of Epidemiology. Each study in which the records of members and former members of the naval service are used must be approved by the Chief of Naval Personnel.

To officials and employees of the Department of Health and Human Services, in the performance of their official duties related to eligibility, notification and assistance in obtaining health and medical benefits by members and former members of the Navy.

To the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for use in alien admission and naturalization inquiries.

To the Office of Personnel Management for verification of military service for benefits, leave, or reduction-in-force purposes, and to establish Civil Service employee tenure and leave accrual rate.

To the Director of Selective Service System in the performance of official duties related to registration with the Selective Service System.

To the Social Security Administration to obtain or verify Social Security Numbers or to substantiate applicant's credit for social security compensation.To officials and employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs in the performance of their duties relating to approved research projects, and for processing and adjudicating claims, benefits, and medical care.

To officials of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) for the purpose of creating service records for current USCG members that had prior service with the Navy.

To officials and employees of Navy Relief and the American Red Cross in the performance of their duties relating to the assistance of the members and their dependents and relatives, or related to assistance previously furnished such individuals, without regard to whether the individual assisted or his/her sponsor continues to be a member of the Navy. Access will be limited to those portions of the member's record required to effectively assist the member.

To duly appointed Family Ombudsmen in the performance of their duties related to the assistance of the members and their families.

To state and local agencies in the performance of their official duties related to verification of status for determination of eligibility for Veterans Bonuses and other benefits and entitlements.

To officials and employees of the Office of the Sergeant at Arms of the United States House of Representatives in the performance of their official duties related to the verification of the active duty naval service of Members of Congress. Access is limited to those portions of the member's record required to verify service time.

To provide information and support to victims and witnesses in compliance with the Victim and Witness Assistance Program, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program, and the Victims' Rights and Restitution Act of 1990.

Information as to current military addresses and assignments may be provided to military banking facilities who provide banking services overseas and who are reimbursed by the Government for certain checking and loan losses. For personnel separated, discharged or retired from the Armed Forces information as to last known residential or home of record address may be provided to the military banking facility upon certification by a banking facility officer that the facility has a returned or dishonored check negotiated by the individual or the individual has defaulted on a loan and that if restitution is not made by the individual the United States Government will be liable for the losses the facility may incur.

To federal, state, local, and foreign (within Status of Forces agreements) law enforcement agencies or their authorized representatives in connection with litigation, law enforcement, or other matters under the jurisdiction of such agencies. Information relating to professional qualifications of chaplains may be provided to civilian certification boards and committees, including, but not limited to, state and federal licensing authorities and ecclesiastical endorsing organizations.

To governmental entities or private organizations under government contract to perform random analytical research into specific aspects of military personnel management and administrative procedures.

To Federal agencies, their contractors and grantees, and to private organizations, such as the National Academy of Sciences, for the purposes of conducting personnel and/or health-related research in the interest of the Federal government and the public. When not considered mandatory, the names and other identifying data will be eliminated from records used for such research studies.

The DoD ‘Blanket Routine Uses’ that appear at the beginning of the Navy's compilation of system of record notices also apply to this system.

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

Storage:

Automated records may be stored on magnetic tapes, disc, and drums. Manual records may be stored in paper file folders, microfiche or microfilm.

Retrievability:

Automated records may be retrieved by name and Social Security Number. Manual records may be retrieved byname, Social Security Number, enlisted service number, or officer file number.

Safeguards:

Computer facilities and terminals are located in restricted areas accessible only to authorized persons that are properly screened, cleared and trained. Manual records and computer printouts are available only to authorized personnel having a need-to-know.

Retention and disposal:

Those documents that are designated as temporary in the prescribing regulations remain in the record until their obsolescence, or the member is separated from the Navy, then are removed and provided to the individual. Those documents designated as permanent are submitted to Navy Personnel Command at predetermined times to form a single personnel record in the Electronic Military Personnel Records System (EMPRS), and remain in EMPRS permanently. Permanent records are transferred to the National Archives and Records Administration 62 years after the completion of the service member's obligated service.

System manager(s) and address:

Commander, Navy Personnel Command (PERS-312), 5720 Integrity Drive, Millington, TN 38055-3130; Commanding Officers, Officers in Charge, and Heads of Department of the Navy activities.

Official mailing addresses are published in the Standard Navy Distribution List that is available at http://doni.daps.dla.mil/sndl.aspx.

Notification procedure:

Individuals seeking to determine whether this system of records contains information about themselves should address written inquiries to:

For permanent records of all active duty and reserve members (except Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)), former members discharged, deceased, or retired since 1995, should be addressed to the Commander, Navy Personnel Command (PERS-312), 5720 Integrity Drive, Millington, TN 38055-3120;

Inquiries regarding records of former members discharged, deceased, or retired before 1995 should be addressed to the Director, National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records, 9700 Page Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63132-5100. You may access their Web site at http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/miitary-personnel/index.html to obtain guidance on how to access records;

Inquiries regarding field service records of current members should be addressed to the Personnel Office or Personnel Support Detachment providing administrative support to the local activity to which the individual is assigned.

Official mailing addresses are published in the Standard Navy Distribution List that is available at http://doni.daps.dla.mil/sndl.aspx.

The letter should contain first, middle, and last name and the last four of the social security number (and/or enlisted service number/officer file number), rank/rate, designator, military status, address, and signature of the requester.

Record access procedures:

Individuals seeking access to records about themselves contained in this system of records should address written inquiries to Commander, Navy Personnel Command (PERS-312), 5720 Integrity Drive, Millington, TN 38055-3120 for records of all active duty and reserve members (including Individual Ready Reserve (IRR));

Director, National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records, 9700 Page Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63132-5100 for records of former members discharged, deceased, or retired before 1995.

Visit their Web site at http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/index.html to download SF180 to request records through regular mail or to file an electronic request for records;

The Personnel Office or Personnel Support Detachment providing administrative support to the local activity to which the individual is assigned for field service records of current members.

Official mailing addresses are published in the Standard Navy Distribution List that is available at http://doni.daps.dla.mil/sndl.aspx.

The letter should contain first, middle, and last name and the last four of the social security number (and/or enlisted service number/officer file number), rank/rate, designator, military status, address, and signature of the requester.

Current members, active and reserve, may visit the Navy Personnel Command, Records Review Room, Bldg 109, Millington, TN for assistance with records located in that building; or the individual may visit the local activity to which attached for access to locally maintained records. Proof of identification will consist of Military Identification Card for persons having such cards, or other picture-bearing identification.

Contesting record procedures:

The Navy's rules for accessing records, and for contesting contents and appealing initial agency determinations are published in Secretary of the Navy Instruction 5211.5; 32 CFR part 701; or may be obtained from the system manager.

Record source categories:

Correspondence; educational institutions; federal, state, and local court documents; civilian and military investigatory reports; general correspondence concerning the individual; official records of professional qualifications; Navy Relief and American Red Cross requests for verification of status.

Exemptions claimed for the system:

None.

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