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Blaster Certification


   #....System name:

       Blaster Certification, OSM-12.
     System location:
       Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM),
   Department of the Interior, Washington, DC 20240 and Field Offices in
   Knoxville, Tennessee; Casper, Wyoming; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and
   Tacoma, Washington. For specific addresses of Field Offices contact
   the program coordinator at the address given below.
     Categories of individuals covered by the system:
       The system contains applicants for certification as blasters in
   Federal Program States and on Indian Lands. Each application will be
   for one type of blaster certificate or purpose, from the following
   categories; issuance, renewal, reissuance, reexamination,
   replacement, or reciprocity. The application form will contain
   information on; personal data, examination dates, employment history,
   blasting experience, education, blaster training, blaster
   certification history, law violation history, and personal
   affirmation of all of the above information.
     Categories of records in the system:
       (1) Complete application information submitted by candidate; (2)
   Application Status Reports listing; the number received, incomplete,
   complete and not scheduled for examination, list of rejected
   applications, and list of applicants scheduled for examination; (3)
   Report Generation menu, contains; summary report of receipt of
   applications and alphabetic directory of Federal licensed blaster;
   (4) Certification Status reports contain; listing of certifications
   due to expire, expired certificates and a list or revoked or
   suspended certificates; (5) Query processing sub-systems to access
   information on candidates by social security number, last name, and
   print output of entire application information.
     Authority for maintenance of the system:
       The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, 30 U.S.C.
   1201 et seq., and 30 CFR 750.19, 816.61, 900, 910, 912, 921, 922,
   933, 937, 939, 941, 942, 947, and 955.
     Routine uses of records maintained in the system, including
   categories of users and the purposes of such uses:
       The primary uses of the records are to: (a) Review and
   applicant's background, status, employment history, blasting
   experience and violation status; (b) record the fact that the person
   is in compliance with specific State and Federal authority and
   regulations; (c) maintain adequate control and access of record
   information; (d) serve as a tool for OSM to grant as blaster
   certificate for issuance, renewal, reissuance and reciprocity status,
   administration and notification procedure; (e) provide an adequate
   system of records for the Department, and for compliance within the
   Department for a Federal program; (f) enable, OSM to track
   appropriate actions when a blasting violation occurs, or a
   discrepancy with application information and the affirmation by the
   applicant; (g) verify the status of a blaster when queried by state
   or mining company official; and (h) enable OSM as the regulatory
   authority to effectively monitor its program requirements.
       Disclosure outside the Department of the Interior may be made to:
   (1) The appropriate Federal, State, local or foreign agency
   responsible for obtaining information relevant to a Federal blaster
   for investigating, prosecuting, enforcing or implementing a statue,
   rule, regulation or order when OSM becomes aware of an indication of
   a violation or potential violation of civil or criminal law or
   regulation; (2) the U.S. Department of Justice or in a proceeding
   before a court or adjudicative body when; (a) the United States, the
   Department of the Interior, a component of the Department, or, when
   represented by the government, an employee of the Department is a
   party to litigation or anticipated litigation or has an interest in
   such litigation, and (b) the Department of the Interior determines
   that the disclosure is relevant or necessary to the litigation and is
   compatible with the purpose for which the records were compiled; (3)
   to a congressional office from the record of an individual in
   response to an inquiry the individual has made to the congressional
   office; (4) to a State or mining company officials to verify that an
   individual is or is not a certified blaster under the Federal
     Policies and practices for storing, retrieving, accessing,
   retaining, and disposing of records in the system: 
       Maintained in manual form in secured file cabinets; and recorded
   on computer magnetic media.
       For each Field Office, information is filed and retrievable by
   social security number and last name alphabetically, or date of
   entry. For each Field Office, information is filed alphabetically by
   applicant, candidate, or blasters, and consolidated in summary format
   at the Knoxville Field Office.
       Maintained in locked file cabinets for manual files, standard
   password files on computer and software, and accessible only by those
   authorized persons. Manual records are maintained in OSM areas
   occupied by OSM personnel during working hours with buildings locked
   off hours.
     Retention and disposal:
       Data stored on magnetic media will be retained until it is
   determined that the information is no longer needed or required.
   Manual records will be retained for a minimum of 6 years to serve as
   verification and backup material. ADP printout records will be
   updated and disposed of periodically, when superseded or
   recertification of a certified blaster occurs. Records are disposed
   of in accordance with items 25 through 30 of General Records Schedule
     System manager(s) and address:
       Federal Blaster Certification Program Coordinator, Office of
   Surface Mining, 530 Gay Street, SW, Suite 500, Knoxville, Tennessee
     Notification procedure:
       To determine whether information is maintained on you in this
   system, write to the appropriate State designated OSM Field Office
   Director. See 43 CFR 2.60.
     Record access procedures:
       To see your records, write to the State designated OSM Field
   Office Director. Describe as specifically as possible the records
   sought and mark the request ``Privacy Act Request for Access.'' See
   43 CFR 2.63.
     Contesting record procedures:
       A petition for amendment shall be addressed to the designated OSM
   Field Office Director and meet the content requirements of 43 CFR
     Record source categories:
       (1) Application for Blaster Certification in Federal Program
   States and on Indian Lands. (2) Federal Blaster Examination Test
   Scores and Status. (3) State program approved certified blasters
   records. (4) State and Federal criminal or law violation records.