Blaster Certification, OSM-12.
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
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
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.