[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 150 (Monday, August 4, 2008)]
[Page 45244]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-17793]



Privacy Act of 1974; Amendments to Existing Systems of Records

AGENCY: Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.

ACTION: Proposed amendment of existing Privacy Act systems of records.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), 
the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Department of 
the Interior, is issuing public notice of its intent to amend 2 
existing Privacy Act system of records notices to add a new routine use 
to authorize the disclosure of records to individuals involved in 
responding to a breach of Federal data.

DATES: Comments must be received by September 15, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Any persons interested in commenting on these proposed 
amendments may do so by submitting comments in writing to the Office of 
Chief Information Officer, Willie Chism, Office of Surface Mining and 
Reclamation, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1951 Constitution Avenue, 
NW., Washington, DC 20240, or by e-mail to [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of the Chief Information 
Officer, Office of Surface Mining, 1951 Constitution Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20240.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 22, 2007, in a memorandum for the 
heads of Executive Departments and Agencies entitled ``Safeguarding 
Against and Responding to the Breach of Personally Identifiable 
Information,'' the Office of Management and Budget directed agencies to 
develop and publish a routine use for disclosure of information in 
connection with response and remedial efforts in the event of a data 
breach. This routine use will serve to protect the interest of the 
individuals whose information is at issue by allowing agencies to take 
appropriate steps to facilitate a timely and effective response to the 
breach, thereby improving its ability to prevent, minimize or remedy 
any harm resulting from a compromise of data maintained in its systems 
of records. Accordingly, the Director, Office of Surface Mining, is 
proposing to add a new routine use to authorize disclosure to 
appropriate agencies, entities, and persons, of information maintained 
in the following systems in the event of a data breach. These 
amendments will be effective as proposed at the end of the comment 
period unless comments are received which would require a contrary 
determination. The Department will publish a revised notice if changes 
are made based upon a review of comments received.

    Dated: July 29, 2008.
Douglas Wink,
Acting Chief Information Officer, Office of Surface Mining and 

System Names:
    OSM-8, ``Employment and Financial Interest Statements--States and 
Other Federal Agencies.'' (Published April 9, 1999, 64 FR 17412-17413)
    ``Blaster Certification--Interior/OSMRE-12''. (Published April 9, 
1999, 64 FR 17413)

New Routine Use:
Disclosures outside the Department of the Interior may be made:
    To appropriate agencies, entities, and persons when:
    (a) It is suspected or confirmed that the security or 
confidentiality of information in the system of records has been 
compromised; and
    (b) The Department has determined that as a result of the suspected 
or confirmed compromise there is a risk of harm to economic or property 
interest, identity theft or fraud, or harm to the security or integrity 
of this system or other systems or programs (whether maintained by the 
Department or another agency or entity) that rely upon the compromised 
information; and
    (c) The disclosure is made to such agencies, entities and persons 
who are reasonably necessary to assist in connection with the 
Department's efforts to respond to the suspected or confirmed 
compromise and prevent, minimize, or remedy such harm.
[FR Doc. E8-17793 Filed 8-1-08; 8:45 am]