Office of Enforcement Correspondence Tracking System, DFO CTS.
Office of Technology and Information Services, U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration, (EBSA), 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20210.
CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS COVERED BY THE SYSTEM: Correspondents, such as employee benefit plan professionals, and other individuals involved in investigations and enforcement actions.
CATEGORIES OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:
Information including plan name, plan administrator's name, service provider's name, trustee's name, and names of other individuals (such as the named defendants) involved in investigations and enforcement actions. Letters from the general public requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act or relating to all aspects of pension and welfare benefit plans covered by Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), the status of individuals under these plans, the Department's replies to the inquiries, and related internal memoranda, including notes pertaining to meetings and telephone calls.
AUTHORITY FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF THE SYSTEM:
29 U.S.C. 1134 and 1136.
This system of records is used to track the progress of correspondence through the Office of Enforcement, including a record of action taken on or response to an inquiry received from the general public or others, and to access investigative information related to field office correspondence regarding investigations instituted by the Department of Labor (DOL) under the Title I of the Employee Retirement Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). The investigative files are used in the prosecution of violations of law, whether civil, criminal or regulatory in nature.
ROUTINE USES OF RECORDS MAINTAINED IN THE SYSTEM, INCLUDING CATEGORIES OF USERS AND THE PURPOSE OF SUCH USES:
In addition to those universal routine uses listed in the General Prefatory Statement to this document, pursuant to 29 U.S.C. 1134, a record from this system of records may be disclosed, subject to the restrictions imposed by various statutes and rules, such as the Privacy Act, to a department or agency of the United States, or to any person actually affected by any matter which may be the subject of the investigation; except that any information obtained by the Secretary of Labor pursuant to section 6103(g) of Title 26 shall be made available only in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury.
DISCLOSURE TO CONSUMER REPORTING AGENCIES:
POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR STORING, RETRIEVING, ACCESSING, RETAINING, AND DISPOSING OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:
Files are stored electronically and/or on paper.
Files are retrieved by the name of the plan, service provider name, trustee name, the name of another individual (such as the named defendant) involved in the investigation or enforcement action, or the name of the correspondent. Files are also retrieved by case number and the plan's employer identification number (EIN).
Access by authorized personnel only. Computer security safeguards are used for electronically stored data and locked locations for paper files.
RETENTION AND DISPOSAL:
In accordance with the Records Schedule, N9-317-00-02, records are retained for seven years. The electronic database files are deleted when no longer needed.
SYSTEM MANAGER(S) AND ADDRESS:
Director of Enforcement, Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20210.
Inquiries should be made to the System Manager.
RECORD ACCESS PROCEDURES:
A request for access should be made to the System Manager.
CONTESTING RECORD PROCEDURES:
A petition for amendment should be mailed to the System Manager.
RECORD SOURCE CATEGORIES:
Correspondence from individuals, individual complaints, witnesses, or interviews conducted during investigations or plan participant or beneficiary information obtained during investigations on cases opened in the Office of Enforcement or in any of the EBSA field offices.
SYSTEMS EXEMPTED FROM CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE ACT:
a. Criminal Law Enforcement: In accordance with subsection 552a(j)(2) of the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. 552a(j)(2), information maintained for criminal law enforcement purposes in EBSA's Office of Enforcement or its field offices is exempt from subsections (c)(3), and (4), (d), (e)(1), (2), and (3), (e)(4)(G), (H), and (I), (e) (5) and (8), (f), and (g) of 5 U.S.C. 552a.
b. Other Law Enforcement: In accordance with subsection 552a(k)(2) of the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. 552a(k)(2), investigatory material in this system of records compiled for civil law enforcement purposes is exempt from subsections (c)(3), (d)(1), (2), (3), and (4), (e)(1), (e)(4)(G), (H), (I), and (f) of 5 U.S.C. 552a.