[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 236 (Friday, December 8, 2006)]
[Page 71182]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 06-9595]



Office of the Secretary


Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records

AGENCY: Privacy Office; Department of Homeland Security.

ACTION: Privacy Act System of Records Notice; extension of comment 


SUMMARY: This document provides additional time for interested persons 
to submit comments on the system of records notice for the Department 
of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Automated 
Targeting System.

DATES: Comments on the Privacy Act System of Records Notice must be 
received on or before December 29, 2006.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number, by one 
of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments via docket number DHS 
     Fax: 202-572-8727.
     Mail: Comments by mail may also be submitted to Hugo 
Teufel III, Chief Privacy Officer, Department of Homeland Security, 
Washington, DC 20528.
     Instructions: All submissions received must include the 
agency name and docket number for this rulemaking. All comments 
received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, 
including any personal information provided.
     Docket: For access to the docket to read background 
documents or comments received go to http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general questions please contact: 
Laurence E. Castelli (202-572-8790), Chief, Privacy Act Policy and 
Procedures Branch, Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, Office of 
Regulations & Rulings, Mint Annex, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., 
Washington, DC 20229. For privacy issues please contact: Hugo Teufel 
III (571-227-3813), Chief Privacy Officer, Privacy Office, U.S. 
Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528.



    To provide expanded notice and transparency to the public, the 
Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection (CBP) published a Privacy Act system of records notice 
(SORN) in the Federal Register regarding the Automated Targeting System 
(ATS) on November 2, 2006 (71 Fed. Reg. 64543). As detailed in the 
SORN, ATS is the enforcement screening module associated with the 
Treasury Enforcement Communications System and was previously covered 
by the Treasury Enforcement Communications System ``System of Records 
Notice.'' This system of records is subject to the Privacy Act of 1974, 
as amended (5 U.S.C. 552a).
    The DHS Privacy Office published the Privacy Impact Assessment 
(PIA) for ATS on November 24, 2006 on its Web site, www.dhs.gov/privacy 
under ``Privacy Impact Assessments.'' The PIA provides additional 
background information and context for the SORN, including specific 
information on measures taken by DHS to protect the privacy of persons 
whose information might be found in ATS.
    The SORN referenced above did not identify or create any new 
collection of information; rather DHS merely provided additional notice 
and transparency of the functionality of these pre-existing systems. 
The SORN provided for a thirty day comment period which expired on 
December 4, 2006.

Extension of Comment Period

    In response to the SORN published in the Federal Register, and the 
PIA published on the web, DHS has received a number of comments from 
the public requesting an extension of the comment period. DHS has 
decided to grant the request for the extension. Accordingly, the period 
of time for the submission of comments is being extended. Comments are 
now due on or before December 29, 2006.

    Dated: December 4, 2006.
Hugo Teufel III,
Chief Privacy Officer.
[FR Doc. 06-9595 Filed 12-5-06; 11:07 am]