[Federal Register: May 28, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 103)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
 
Fish and Wildlife Service
 
 
Privacy Act of 1974; as Amended; Amendment to a Systems of 
Records
 
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
 
ACTION: Proposed minor revisions to existing systems of records.
 
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SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducted a review of its 
Privacy Act systems pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act of 
1974, as amended (5 U.S.C. 552a), and the President's May 14, 1998, 
memorandum concerning Personal Information in Federal Records. As a 
result of their own review, they found nine of the U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service's Privacy Act system of records required minor 
revisions.
 
DATES: These actions will be effective on May 28, 1999.
 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Johnny R. Hunt, Service Privacy 
Act Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Phone: 703/358-1730, email 
(Johnny__Hunt@fws.gov) or by writing to the following address: U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, Privacy Act Officer, Mail Stop 222 Arlington 
Square Building, Arlington, Virginia 22203
 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We list the eight systems of records below 
which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service revised and a brief 
explanation of the minor revisions which they made. Following that 
information, we attached the eight revised Privacy Act system notices.
    ``Tort Claims Records--Interior, FWS-4'' previously published in 
the Federal Register on December 6, 1983 (48 FR 54715):
    (1) We added the regional contracting offices to the list of system 
managers.
    (2) We converted the notice to plain language to implement the 
President's memorandum of June 1, 1998, requiring the use of plain 
language in Government writing.
    ``National Wildlife Refuge Special Use Permits--Interior, FWS-5'' 
previously published in the Federal Register on December 6, 1983 (48 FR 
54716):
    (1) We changed the name of the system manager to reflect that 
office's current title.
    (2) We converted the notice to plain language to implement the 
President's memorandum of June 1, 1998, requiring the use of plain 
language in Government writing.
    ``National Fish Hatchery Special Use Permits--Interior, FWS-10'' 
previously published in the Federal Register on December 6, 1983 (48 FR 
54717):
    (1) We changed the system location. The records are no longer 
maintained in the regional offices. They are maintained at the National 
Fish Hatcheries.
    (2) We changed the name of the system manager to reflect the 
current title of that office.
    (3) We converted the notice to plain language to implement the 
President's memorandum of June 1, 1998, requiring the use of plain 
language in Government writing.
    ``Real Property Records--Interior, FWS-11'' previously published in 
the Federal Register on December 6, 1983 (48 FR 54717):
    (1) We updated the system location to include the Washington 
Office, Division of Realty as another system location.
    (2) We updated the section entitled ``Authority for maintenance of 
the system.''
    (3) We updated the section entitled ``Routine uses of records 
maintained in the system'' to include the required summary reports 
which we produce (stripped of personal identifiers).
    (4) We updated the system managers to reflect a more current 
address for the Washington Office, Division of Realty; and to include 
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services regional offices.
    (5) We added the mandatory section entitled ``Disclosure to 
consumer reporting agencies''.
    (6) We included electronic storage as another medium we use to 
store records.
    (7) We converted the notice to plain language in order to implement 
the President's memorandum of June 1, 1998, requiring the use of plain 
language in Government writing.
    ``Endangered Species Licensee System--Interior, FWS-19'' previously 
published in the Federal Register on December 6, 1983 (48 FR 54718):
    (1) We updated the system location to reflect the current address 
of the system.
    (2) We dropped several categories of records which were part of the 
old system as we no longer collect the information.
    (3) We updated the system manager and address to reflect the 
current address.
    (4) We converted the notice to plain language to implement the 
President's memorandum of June 1, 1998, requiring the use of plain 
language in Government writing.
    ``Investigative Case File System--Interior, FWS-20'' previously 
published in the Federal Register on December 6, 1983 (48 FR 54719):
    (1) We included more specific information about the computerized 
system being a local area network (LAN) system and password protected.
    (2) We provided the current address in the ``System Location'' and 
``System Manager(s) and Address'' sections.
    (3) We modified the ``Retention and Disposal'' section to include a 
reference to our records schedule.
    (4) We converted the notice to plain language to implement the 
President's
 
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memorandum of June 1, 1998, requiring the use of plain language in 
Government writing.
    ``U.S. Deputy Game Warden--Interior, FWS-22'' previously published 
in the Federal Register on March 24, 1981 (46 FR 18375):
    (1) We changed the system manager because the program was 
decentralized and records are now maintained at participating regions. 
Additionally requests for access and amendments to one's record go to 
the participating regional offices instead of the Washington Office, 
Division of Personnel Management.
    (2) We added the mandatory section entitled ``Disclosure to 
consumer reporting agencies''.
    (3) We converted the notice to plain language to implement the 
President's memorandum of June 1, 1998, requiring the use of plain 
language in Government writing.
    ``Migratory Bird Population and Harvest Systems--Interior, FWS-26'' 
previously published in the Federal Register on March 24, 1981 (46 FR 
18378):
    (1) We eliminated 3 categories of individuals covered by the 
system. Many of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service research functions 
are now part of the U.S. Geological Survey's Biological Resources 
Division. They now have responsibility for the following categories of 
individuals previously collected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
under this Privacy Act system: persons applying for bird banding 
permits; persons issued bird banding permits; and persons reporting 
upon banded birds encountered in the wild.
    Additionally, we eliminated another category of individuals covered 
by the system because the program indicated it never needed or 
collected the information. We previously identified this category as 
``unidentified persons observed in the field hunting migratory game 
birds.''
    (2) Because we eliminated the above categories of individuals 
covered by the system, we needed to make corresponding minor changes in 
the sections of this notice which deal with categories of records we 
collect, the routine uses of the records, retention and disposal of the 
records, notification procedure, and the record source categories. 
Therefore, we updated those sections.
    (3) We added the mandatory section entitled ``Disclosure to 
consumer reporting agencies''.
    (4) We updated the address for the system manager.
    (5) We converted the notice to plain language to implement the 
President's memorandum of June 1, 1998, requiring the use of plain 
language in Government writing.
    ``Correspondence Control System--Interior, FWS-27'' previously 
published in the Federal Register on April 11, 1977 (42 FR 19092):
    (1) We updated the system location to more accurately reflect where 
the records are maintained.
    (2) We updated the name of the system manager to reflect the 
current title of that office.
    (3) We added the mandatory section entitled ``Disclosure to 
consumer reporting agencies''.
    (4) We converted the notice to plain language to implement the 
President's memorandum of June 1, 1998, requiring the use of plain 
language in Government writing.
 
    Dated: May 17, 1999.
Roy M. Francis,
Departmental Privacy Act Officer.
 
INTERIOR/FWS-26
 
SYSTEM NAME:
    Migratory Bird Population and Harvest Systems--Interior, FWS-26.
 
SYSTEM LOCATION:
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service maintains the records at the 
Office of Migratory Bird Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
U.S. Department of the Interior, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 
Laurel, Maryland 20811. The minor portions of the files comprising the 
system may be collected by the Washington Office of Migratory Bird 
Management, Fish and Wildlife regional and field offices, State 
offices, conservation organizations, universities, and individuals 
participating in population and harvest surveys. The Office of 
Migratory Bird Management, Laurel, Maryland receives and stores the 
information.
 
CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS COVERED BY THE SYSTEM:
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service records are on (1) individuals 
who participate in migratory bird population surveys; and (2) 
individuals who submit their harvest data for migratory game birds.
 
CATEGORIES OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:
    The records contain name and address of the participant as well as 
relevant population survey and harvest data on migratory birds.
 
AUTHORITY FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE SYSTEM:
    Migratory Bird Treaty Act of July 3, 1918 (16 U.S.C. 703-711; 40 
Stat. 755).
 
ROUTINE USES OF RECORDS MAINTAINED IN THE SYSTEM, INCLUDING CATEGORIES 
OF USERS AND THE PURPOSES OF SUCH USES:
    Fish and Wildlife biologists and law enforcement officers, the 
Canadian Wildlife Service, the Mexican Department Fauna Silvestre, and 
State and Provincial conservation agencies use the information to 
further understanding, protection, management and use of migratory 
birds. They also use the data to guide, plan and coordinate research on 
migratory birds. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and cooperating 
agencies analyze and publish survey data in technical publications. The 
records may be disclosed outside of the Department of the Interior 
under the following circumstances:
    (1) Another Federal agency to enable that agency to respond to an 
inquiry by the individual to whom the record pertains.
    (2) The Department of Justice, or to a court, adjudicative or other 
administrative body, or to a party in litigation before a court or 
adjudicative or administrative body, when:
    (a) One of the following is a party to the proceeding or has an 
interest in the proceeding:
    (1) The Department or any component of the Department;
    (2) Any Departmental employee acting in his or her official 
capacity;
    (3) Any Departmental employee acting in his or her individual 
capacity where the Department or the Department of Justice has agreed 
to represent the employee; or
    (4) The United States, when the Department determines that the 
Department is likely to be affected by the proceeding; and
    (b) The Department deems the disclosure to be:
    (1) Relevant and necessary to the proceedings; and
    (2) Compatible with the purpose for which we compiled the 
information.
    (3) The appropriate Federal, State, tribal, local or foreign 
governmental agency that is responsible for investigating, prosecuting, 
enforcing or implementing a statute, rule, regulation, order or 
license, when we become aware of an indication of a violation or 
potential violation of the statute, rule, regulation, order or license.
    (4) A congressional office in response to an inquiry to that office 
by the individual to whom the records pertains.
    (5) To the Canadian Wildlife Service, Environmental Management 
Service, Department of the Environment, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A OH3 
and Mexican Direccion General Fauna Silvestre, Aquiles Serdan 28-70, 
Pisa, Mexico 3, DF, Mexico, as part of cooperative agreements and;
    (6) To cooperators and researchers in other Federal, State, local 
agencies, conservation organizations, universities, and private 
individuals who participate in population and harvest surveys, survey 
analysis, or publications about migratory bird population and harvest 
studies.
 
DISCLOSURE TO CONSUMER REPORTING AGENCIES:
    Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(12), records can be disclosed to 
consumer reporting agencies as they are defined in the Fair Credit 
Reporting Act (15 U.S.C. 1681a(f)) or the Federal Claims Collection Act 
of 1966 (31 U.S.C. 3701(a)(3)).
 
POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR STORING, RETRIEVING, ACCESSING, RETAINING 
AND DISPOSING OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:
STORAGE:
    We maintain the records in a variety of media including paper, 
punched cards, microfiche, microfilm, computer tape, and computer disk. 
We also have published and unpublished reports which present summary 
information.
 
RETRIEVABILITY:
    We index the information in a variety of ways including by name. 
The identity of the individual is usually deleted shortly after 
analysis of data.
 
SAFEGUARDS:
    We store the records within the fenced and locked premises of the 
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel Maryland. The records are 
within a locked building and the master computer files are in a locked 
vault. Those wanting to use the records must first be authorized.
 
RETENTION AND DISPOSAL:
    We retain those records that contain personal information (1) until 
the data can be recorded and stored on other media such as computer 
tapes, computer disks, or microfilm; and (2) until we can verify the 
accuracy of the data which was transferred to a different media. 
Information which we transfer to another media does not contain 
personal identifiers.
 
SYSTEM MANAGER(S) AND ADDRESS:
    Chief, Office of Migratory Bird Management, Mail Stop 634 Arlington 
Square Building, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22203
 
NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE:
    Send a written, signed request for your records to the system 
manager identified above. See the Code of Federal Regulations (43 CFR 
2.60) for additional information.
 
RECORDS ACCESS PROCEDURES:
    Address requests for access to your records to the system manager 
identified above. Your request should be in writing, signed, and should 
meet any necessary content requirements specified in the Code of 
Federal Regulations (43 CFR 2.63).
 
CONTESTING RECORD PROCEDURES:
    To amend your record, address your request to the system manager 
identified above. You must meet the content requirements indicated in 
the Code of Federal Regulations (43 CFR 2.71).
 
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RECORD SOURCE CATEGORIES:
    Records come from those supervising or participating in various 
population surveys of migratory birds, and those who purchase migratory 
bird hunting stamps.