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Privacy Act Systems - DOL/OIG-1

SYSTEM NAME:

    Investigative Files, Case Tracking System, Analysis, Complaints, Inspections, and Evaluation Files, USDOL/OIG.

SECURITY CLASSIFICATION:

    Not applicable.

SYSTEM LOCATION:

    Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20210 and in the OIG regional and field offices.

CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS COVERED BY THE SYSTEM:

    DOL employees, applicants, contractors, subcontractors, grantees, sub grantees, claimants, complainants, individuals threatening DOL employees or the Secretary of Labor, alleged violators of Labor laws and regulations, union officers, trustees, employers, individuals investigated and interviewed, and individuals filing claims for entitlement or benefits under laws administered by the Department of Labor, individuals providing medical and other services to OWCP, employees of insurance companies and of medical and other services provided to OWCP, and other persons suspected of violations of law and related administrative, civil and criminal provisions.

CATEGORIES OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:

    The system contains records related to administrative, civil and criminal investigations, complaints, inspections, and evaluations which include: statements and other information from subjects, targets, witnesses and complainants; material from governmental investigatory or law enforcement organizations (federal, state, local or international) and intelligence information; information of criminal, civil or administrative referrals and/or results of investigations; investigative notes and investigative reports; summary information for indexing and cross referencing; reports and associated materials filed with DOL or other government agencies from, for example, medical providers, grantees, contractors, employers or insurance companies; other evidence and background material existing in any form (i.e. audio or video tape, photographs, computer tapes, disks or compact disks).

AUTHORITY FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE SYSTEM:

    5 U.S.C. App. 3 (IG Act); 5 U.S.C. 8101 et seq. (FECA); Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, P.L.104-191; 5 U.S.C. 8401 et seq. (FERSA); 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq. (IRCA); 18 U.S.C. 874 (Anti Kickback Act); 29 U.S.C. 49 et seq. (Wagner-Peyser Act); 29 U.S.C. 101 et seq. (LMRA); 29 U.S.C. 201 et seq. (FLSA); 29 U.S.C. 401 et seq. (LMRDA); 29 U.S.C. 651 et seq. (OSHA); 29 U.S.C. 793 et seq. (Rehabilitation Act); 29 U.S.C. 1001 et seq. (ERISA); 29 U.S.C. 1501 et seq. (JTPA); 29 U.S.C. 2801 et seq. (Workforce Investment Act of 1998); 30 U.S.C. 801 et seq. (MSHA); 30 U.S.C. 901 et seq. Black Lung); 31 U.S.C. 3701 et seq. (False Claims Act); 31 U.S.C. 3801 et seq. (Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act); 33 U.S.C. 901 et seq. (Longshore Compensation Act and extension); 40 U.S.C. 276a5 (Davis Bacon); 40 U.S.C. 276c (Copeland Act); 41 U.S.C. 35 et seq. (Walsh-Healey); 41 U.S.C. 351 et seq. (Service Contract Act); Title 18, United States Code (Criminal Code); and Secretary's Order 2-90, dated January 31, 1990 concerning the authorization and organization of the Office of Inspector General in the Department of Labor.

PURPOSE(S):

    This system is established and maintained to fulfill the purposes of the Inspector General Act of 1978 and to fulfill the responsibilities assigned by that Act concerning investigative activities and the complaints and other information from which investigations, inspections, and evaluations develop. The OIG initiates investigations and evaluations of individuals, inspections and evaluations of entities and programs, maintains information received and developed in this system during the time the investigation, inspection or evaluation is performed, and after each investigation, inspection or evaluation is completed. This system is the repository of all information developed during the course of investigations, inspections, and evaluations. OIG also receives many complaints via its Hotline and other sources. These complaints are reviewed for investigative merit and can be referred for a full investigation, for program agency action, or no action.

ROUTINE USES OF RECORDS MAINTAINED IN THE SYSTEM, INCLUDING CATEGORIES OF USERS AND THE PURPOSES OF SUCH USES:

  1. Referral to federal, state, local and foreign investigative and/or prosecutive authorities. A record from a system of records, which indicates either by itself or in combination with other information within the agency's possession, a violation or potential violation of law, whether civil, criminal or administrative and whether arising by general statute or particular program statute, or by regulation, rule or order issued pursuant thereto, may be disclosed as a routine use, to the appropriate federal, foreign, state or local agency or professional organization charged with the responsibility of investigating or prosecuting such violation or charged with enforcing or implementing or investigating or prosecuting such violation or charged with enforcing or implementing the statute or rule, regulation or order issued pursuant thereto.

  2. Introduction to a grand jury. A record from a system of records may be disclosed, as a routine use, to a grand jury agent pursuant either to a federal or state grand jury subpoena or to a prosecution request that such record be released for the purpose of its introduction to a grand jury.

  3. Referral to federal, state, local or professional licensing boards. A record from a system of records may be disclosed, as a routine use, to any governmental, professional or licensing authority when such record reflects on qualifications, either moral, educational or vocational, of an individual seeking to be licensed or to maintain a license.

  4. Disclosure to contractor, grantee or other direct or indirect recipient of federal funds to allow such entity to effect corrective action in the agency's best interest. A record from a system of records may be disclosed, as a routine use, to any direct or indirect recipient of federal funds where such record reflects inadequacies with a recipient's personnel, and disclosure of the record is made to permit a recipient to take corrective action beneficial to the Government.

  5. Disclosure to any source, either private or governmental, to the extent necessary to solicit information relevant to any investigation, audit, or evaluation. A record from a system of records may be disclosed, as a routine use, to any source, either private or governmental, to the extent necessary to secure from such source information relevant to and sought in furtherance of an investigation, audit, or evaluation.

  6. Disclosure to any domestic or foreign governmental agencies for personnel or other action. A record from a system of records may be disclosed, as a routine use, to a federal, state, local, foreign or international agency, for their use in connection with such entity's assignment, hiring or retention of an individual, issuance of a security clearance, reporting of an investigation of an individual, letting of a contract or issuance of a license, grant or other benefit, to the extent that the information is relevant and necessary to such agency's decision on the matter.

  7. Disclosure to a board of contract appeals, GAO or any other entity hearing a contractor protest or dispute. A record from a system of records may be disclosed, as a routine use, to the United States General Accounting Office, to a board of contract appeals, or to the Court of Federal Claims in bid protest cases or contract dispute cases involving procurement.

  8. Disclosure to domestic or foreign governmental law enforcement agency in order to obtain information relevant to an OIG or DOL decision. A record from a system of records may be disclosed, as a routine use, to a domestic or foreign governmental agency maintaining civil, criminal or other relevant information, in order to obtain information relevant to an OIG or DOL decision concerning the assignment, hiring, or retention of an individual, the issuance of a security clearance, the letting of a contract, or the issuance of a license, grant, or other benefit, or which may be relevant to an OIG or DOL investigation, audit, or evaluation.

  9. Disclosure to OMB or DOJ regarding Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act advice. Information from a system of records may be disclosed, as a routine use, to the Office of Management and Budget or the Department of Justice in order to obtain advice regarding statutory and other requirements under the Freedom of Information Act or Privacy Act.

  10. Disclosure pursuant to the receipt of a valid subpoena. A record from a system of records may be disclosed, as a routine use, in response to a facially valid subpoena for the record. Disclosure may also be made when a subpoena or order is signed by a judge from a court of competent jurisdiction.

  11. Disclosure to Treasury and DOJ in pursuance of an ex parte court order to obtain taxpayer information from the IRS. A record from a system of records may be disclosed, as a routine use, to the Department of Treasury and the Department of Justice when the OIG seeks an ex parte court order to obtain taxpayer information from the Internal Revenue Service.

  12. Disclosure to a consumer reporting agency in order to obtain relevant investigatory information. A record from a system of records may be disclosed, as a routine use, to a "consumer reporting agency" as that term is defined in the Fair Credit Reporting Act (15 U.S.C. 1681a(f)) and the Federal Claims Collection Act of 1966 (31 U.S.C. 3701(a)(3)), for the purposes of obtaining information in the course of an investigation, audit, or evaluations.

  13. Disclosure in accordance with computer matching guidelines. A record may be disclosed to a federal, state, or local agency for use in computer matching programs to prevent and detect fraud and abuse in benefit programs administered by those agencies, to support civil and criminal law enforcement activities of those agencies and their components, and to collect debts and overpayments owed to the agencies and their components. This routine use does not provide unrestricted access to records for such law enforcement and related anti-fraud activities; each request for disclosure will be considered in light of the applicable legal and administrative requirements for the performance of a computer matching program or procedure.

DISCLOSURE TO CONSUMER REPORTING AGENCIES:

    None

POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR STORING, RETRIEVING, ACCESSING, RETAINING, AND DISPOSING OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:

STORAGE:

    The information is maintained in a variety of mediums including paper, magnetic tapes or discs, and optical digital data discs. The records are maintained in limited access areas during duty hours and in locked offices at all other times.

RETRIEVABILITY:

    The written case records are indexed by case number. Automated records are retrieved by case number, case name, subject, cross referenced item or, batch retrieval applications.

SAFEGUARDS:

    Direct access is restricted to authorized staff members of the OIG, their attorneys, or contractor employees on a need-to-know basis. Automated records can be accessed only through use of confidential procedures and passwords.

RETENTION AND DISPOSAL:

    Closed files relating to a specific investigation are destroyed after ten years. Closed files containing information of an investigative nature but not relating to a specific investigation are destroyed after five years. Closed inspection and evaluation case files are destroyed after five years.

SYSTEM MANAGER(S) AND ADDRESS:

    Assistant Inspector General for Investigations and the Assistant Inspector General for Communications, Inspections, and Evaluations, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20210.

NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE:

    Inquiries concerning this system of records can be directed to: Disclosure Officer, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S1303, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20210. Inquiries must comply with the requirements in 29 CFR 71.

RECORD ACCESS PROCEDURE:

    Individuals can request access to any record pertaining to him/her by mailing a request to the Disclosure Officer listed above and in accordance with 29 CFR 71.

CONTESTING RECORD PROCEDURES:

    Individuals desiring to contest or amend information maintained in the system should direct their request to the Disclosure Officer listed in "Notification Procedure," above. In addition, the request should state clearly and concisely what information is being contested, the reasons for contesting it, and the proposed amendment to the information sought. See 29 CFR 71.

RECORD SOURCE CATEGORIES:

    The information contained in this system is received from individual complaints, witnesses, interviews conducted during investigations, Federal, state and local government records, individual or company records, claim and payment files, employer medical records, insurance records, court records, articles from publications, published financial data, corporate information, bank information, telephone data, insurers, service providers, other law enforcement organizations, grantees, subgrantees, contractors and subcontractors.

SYSTEMS EXEMPTED FROM CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE ACT:

    The Secretary of Labor has promulgated regulations which exempt information contained in this system of records from various provisions of the Privacy Act depending upon the purpose for which the information was gathered and for which it will be used. The various law enforcement purposes and the reasons for the exemptions are as follows:

  1. Criminal Law Enforcement: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552a(j)(2) information compiled for this purpose is exempt from all of the provisions of the Act except the following sections: (b), (c)(1) and (2), (e)(4)(A) through (F), (e)(6), (7), (9), (10), and (11), and (i). This material is exempt because the disclosure and other requirements of the Act would substantially compromise the efficacy and integrity of OIG operations in a number of ways. Indeed, disclosure of even the existence of these files would be problematic. Disclosure could enable suspects to take action to prevent detection of criminal activities, conceal evidence, or escape prosecution. Required disclosure of information contained in this system could lead to the intimidation of, or harm to, informants, witnesses and their respective families or OIG personnel and their families. Disclosure could invade the privacy of individuals other than subjects and disclose their identity when confidentiality was promised or impliedly promised to them. Disclosure could interfere with the integrity of information which would otherwise be privileged, (see, e.g., 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(5)), and which could interfere with other important law enforcement concerns: ( see, e.g., 5 U.S.C. 552 (b)(7)).

    The requirement that only relevant and necessary information be included in a criminal investigative file is contrary to investigative practice which requires a full and complete inquiry and exhaustion of all potential sources of information. See, 5 U.S.C. 552a(e)(1).

    Similarly, maintaining only those records which are accurate, relevant, timely and complete and which assure fairness in a determination is contrary to established investigative techniques. See, 5 U.S.C. 552a(e)(5). Requiring investigators to obtain information to the greatest extent practicable directly from the subject individual would be counterproductive to performance of clandestine criminal investigation. See, U.S.C. 552a(e)(2). Finally, providing notice to an individual interviewed of the authority of the interviewer, the purpose to which the information provided may be used, the routine uses of that information and the effect upon the individual should he/she choose not to provide the information sought could discourage the free flow of information in a criminal law enforcement inquiry. 5 U.S.C. 552a(e)(3).

  1. Other Law Enforcement: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552a(k)(2), investigatory material compiled for law enforcement purposes (to the extent it is not already exempted by 5 U.S.C. 552a(j)(2)), is exempted from the following provisions of the ACT: (c)(3), (d), (e)(1), (e)(4)(G), (H) and (I), and (f). This material is exempt because the disclosure and other requirements of the Act could substantially compromise the efficacy and integrity of OIG operations. Disclosure could invade the privacy of other individuals and disclose their identity when they were expressly promised confidentiality. Disclosure could interfere with the integrity of information which would otherwise be subject to privileges, see, e.g., 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(5), and which could interfere with other important law enforcement concerns. See, e.g., 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(7).

  2. Protective Services: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(k)(3) investigatory material maintained in connection with assisting the U.S. Secret Service to provide protective services to the President of the United States or other individuals pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 3056 is exempt from the following sections of the ACT: (c)(3), (d), (e)(1), (e)(4)(G), (H) and (I), and (f). This material is exempt in order to enable the OIG to continue its support of the Secret Service without compromising the effectiveness of either agency's activities.

  3. Contract Investigations: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552a(k)(5), investigatory material compiled solely for the purpose of determining integrity, suitability, eligibility, qualifications, or employment for a DOL contract is exempt from the following sections of the ACT: (c)(3), (d), (e)(1), (e)(4)(G), (H), (I) and (f). This exemption was obtained in order to protect from disclosure the identity of a confidential source when an express promise of confidentiality has been given in order to obtain information from sources who would otherwise be unwilling to provide necessary information.