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   #.INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION AGENCY


 22 CFR PART 215--REGULATIONS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF PRIVACY ACT OF 1974

Sec.

215.1  Purpose and scope.
215.2  Definitions.
215.3  Procedures for requests pertaining to individual records in a 
    system of records.
215.4  Times, places and requirements for indentification of individuals 
    making requests.
215.5  Access to requested information by individuals.
215.6  Special procedures: Medical records.
215.7  Request for correction of amendment of record.
215.8  Agency review of request for amendment of record.
215.9  Appeal of initial adverse agency determination.
215.10  Disclosure of record to person other than the individual to whom 
    it pertains.
215.11  Fees.
215.12  Penalties and remedies.
215.13  General exemptions.
215.14  Specific exemptions.

  Authority: Sec. 621, Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, (22 
U.S.C. 2381; 75 Stat. 445); secs. 3,4, Administrative Procedure Act (5 
U.S.C. 553; 60 Stat. 237); Privacy Act of 1974 (Pub. L. 93-579; 5 U.S.C. 
552a; 88 Stat. 1896).

  Source: 57 FR 38276, Aug. 24, 1992.


   Sec. 215.1  Purpose and scope.

  (a) It is the purpose and objective of the International Development 
Cooperation Agency and the Agency for International Development to 
collect information, revise personal data collection forms or processes, 
and maintain Agency records in a manner that will prevent an unwarranted 
invasion of privacy of those individuals who are the subject of Agency 
records.
  (b) These regulations establish the procedures by which an individual 
may obtain notification of the existence of Agency records pertaining to 
that individual, gain access to those records, request an amendment or 
correction to the records, and appeal adverse decisions to requests for 
amendment or correction of Agency records.
  (c) The Agency separately states and publishes in the Federal Register 
a public notice of the existence and character of systems maintained by 
the Agency, pursuant to the provisions of sections (e)(4) and (e)(11) of 
the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a; 88 Stat. 1896).


   Sec. 215.2  Definitions.

  (a) Act means the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a; 88 Stat. 1896);
  (b) Agency means the International Development Cooperation Agency or 
the Agency for International Development, its offices, bureaus, 
divisions, and posts abroad;
  (c) Amend shall include the amendment of a record;
  (d) Individual means a citizen of the United States or an alien 
lawfully admitted for permanent residence;
  (e) Maintain includes maintain, collect, use or disseminate;
  (f) Record means any item, collection, or grouping of information 
about an individual that is maintained by an agency, including, but not 
limited to, his education, financial transactions, medical history, and 
criminal or employment history and that contains his name, or the 
identifying number, symbol, or other identifying particular assigned to 
the individual, such as a finger or voice print or a photograph;
  (g) Routine use means, with respect to the disclosure of a record, the 
use of such record for a purpose which is compatible with the purpose 
for which it was collected;
  (h) Statistical Record means a record in a system of records 
maintained for statistical research or reporting purposes only and not 
used in whole or in part in making any determination about an 
identifiable individual, except as provided by section 8 of title 13;
  (i) System of Records means a group of any records under the control 
of any agency from which information is retrieved by the name of the 
individual or by some identifying number, symbol, or other identifying 
particular assigned to the individual.


   Sec. 215.3  Procedures for requests pertaining to individual records 
   in a system of records.

  (a) Requests for notification of access to or amendment of Agency 
records contained in a system of records pertaining to an individual may 
be made in person or by mail as follows: For the International 
Development Cooperation Agency-Assistant Director for Administration, 
International Development Cooperation Agency, Room 4889 New State, 2201 
C Street, NW, Washington, DC 20523 Attention: Privacy Liaison Officer. 
For the Agency for International Development-Privacy Liaison Officer, 
Agency for International Development, Room 4889 New State, 2201 C 
Street, NW., Washington, DC 20523.
  (b) Such request should include information necessary to identify the 
record, e.g., the individual's full name, date of birth, place of birth, 
present mailing address, or system of record identification name and 
number, if known, and, to facilitate the retrieval of records contained 
in those systems of records which are retrieved by social security 
numbers, the social security number of the individual to whom the record 
pertains.
  (c) With respect to a system of records which may be maintained by the 
Agency in offices outside the United States, an individual may inquire 
whether he or she is the subject of an Agency record or may request 
access to or amendment of such records by appearing in person or by 
writing to the Privacy Liaison Officer, Agency for International 
Development, at the overseas missions.
  (d) The Assistant Director for Administration for requests to I.D.C.A. 
or the appropriate Privacy Liaison Officer for request to A.I.D., or 
their designees shall, within ten (10) working days of receipt of the 
request, furnish in writing to the requesting individual notice of the 
existence or nonexistence of any records described in the request.


   Sec. 215.4  Times, places, and requirements for identification of 
   individuals making requests.

  (a) Individuals making personal requests for notification, access or 
contest may do so at the place designated in paragraph (a) of 
Sec. 215.3, which is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Saturdays, 
Sundays, and legal public holidays.
  (b) Individuals making personal requests for notification, access or 
contest at offices outside the United States may do so at the overseas 
missions during the regular business hours of those offices.
  (c) An individual requesting such information in person shall provide 
such personal identification as is reasonable under the circumstances to 
verify the individual's identity; e.g. driver's license, employee 
identification card or medicare card. (The identification should contain 
a photograph of the individual.)
  (d) An individual requesting such information by mail shall include in 
his or her request a signed notarized statement to verify his or her 
identity and which stipulates that the individual understands that 
knowingly or willfully seeking or obtaining access to records about 
another individual under false pretenses is punishable by a fine up to 
$5,000, as provided in section (i)(3) of the Act.
  (e) Verification of identity as set forth in paragraphs (c) and (d) of 
this section shall not be required of individuals seeking access to 
records otherwise available to members of the public under the Freedom 
of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552; 88 Stat. 1561).
  (f) An individual who wishes to be accompanied by another person when 
reviewing a record shall furnish the Agency with a written statement 
authorizing discussion of his or her record in the presence of the 
accompanying person. Such statement need not contain any reasons for the 
access or for the accompanying person's presence.


   Sec. 215.5  Access to requested information by individuals.

  (a) Upon receipt of a request by an individual made in accordance with 
the provisions of Sec. 215.3, such individual shall be granted access to 
any record pertaining to him or her which is contained in a system of 
records maintained by the Agency subject to exemptions discussed in 
Secs. 215.13 and 215.14.
  (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (a) of this section, 
access will not be allowed an individual to information or records 
compiled by the Agency in reasonable anticipation of a civil or criminal 
action or proceeding.
  (c) Whenever possible, access to requested records will be granted;
  (1) Where the request is presented in person and the record is readily 
available, promptly upon receipt of the request for access, 
determination that access to the record may be granted, verification of 
the identity of the individual seeking access, and, where applicable, 
receipt of consent to discuss the record with a person accompanying the 
individual;
  (2) Where the request is made by mail, the record will, whenever 
possible, be provided within ten (10) working days of receipt of the 
request.
  (d) Where access to a record cannot reasonably be granted as provided 
in paragraphs (c)(1) and (2) of this section, the Agency will 
acknowledge in writing receipt of the request for access and indicate a 
reasonable time within which access to the record can be granted.
  (e) Where no reasonable means exist for an individual to have access 
to his or her record in person, a copy of the record must be provided 
through the mail.


   Sec. 215.6  Special procedure: Medical records.

  If the Assistant Director for Administration or the Privacy Liaison 
Officer, determines that the release directly to the individual of 
medical records maintained by the Agency could have an adverse effect 
upon such individual, the Director/Officer will attempt to arrange an 
alternative acceptable to both the individual and Agency (such as the 
release of said information to a doctor named by the individual) in 
granting access to such record.


   Sec. 215.7  Request for correction or amendment of record.

  (a) An individual may request the Agency to correct or amend a record 
pertaining to him or her which the individual believes is not accurate, 
relevant, timely or complete.
  (b) Such request must be in writing and must be presented, in person 
or by mail to the addresses listed in Sec. 215.3(a).
  (c) Such requests must set forth the following information:
  (1) Identification of the system of records in which the particular 
record is maintained;
  (2) The portion(s) of the record to be amended or corrected;
  (3) The desired amendment or correction; and
  (4) The reasons for the amendment or correction.

The request must be accompanied by evidence, documentation, or other 
information in support of the request.
  (d) Assistance in preparing a request to amend a record may be 
obtained from the officials listed in Sec. 215.3(a).


   Sec. 215.8  Agency review of requests for amendment of record.

  (a) The Agency will examine the information requested to be amended to 
determine its accuracy, timeliness, completeness, and its relevancy and 
necessity to accomplish a purpose of the Agency required to be 
accomplished by statute or by executive order.
  (b) Within ten (10) working days after the receipt by the Assistant 
Director for Administration or the Privacy Liaison Officer, of a request 
made in accordance with this section, the Assistant Director for 
Administration or the Privacy Liaison Officer shall acknowledge in 
writing such receipt and shall, after examination in accordance with the 
provisions of paragraph (a) of this section, promptly either:
  (1) Make any amendment of any portion thereof which the individual 
believes is not accurate, relevant, timely or complete, and notify the 
individual of the amendment made; or
  (2) Inform the individual of the Agency's refusal to amend the record 
in accordance with the request, the reason(s) for the refusal, and the 
procedures established by the Agency for the individual to request a 
review of that refusal.
  (c) If the Agency agrees with the individual's request to amend a 
record, in addition to proceeding as set forth in paragraph (b)(1) of 
this section, it shall promptly advise all previous recipients of the 
record of the fact that the amendment was made and the substance of the 
amendment where an accounting of disclosures has been made.
  (d) If unusual circumstances prevent the completion of Agency action 
on the request to amend within 30 days after the receipt thereof by the 
Assistant Director for Administration or the Privacy Liaison Officer, 
the individual will be promptly advised of the delay, the reasons for 
the delay, and of the date by which the review is expected to be 
completed.
  (e) If the Agency, after its initial examination of the record and the 
request for Amendment, disagrees with all or any part of the 
individual's request to amend it shall:
  (1) To the extent the Agency agrees with any part of the individual's 
request to amend, proceed as described in paragraphs (b)(1) and (c) of 
this section;
  (2) Advise the individual of its refusal and the reason(s) therefor;
  (3) Inform the individual that he or she may request a further review 
by the Director or the Administrator, or their designees; and
  (4) Describe the procedures for requesting such review, including the 
name and address of the official to whom the request should be directed.
  (f) No part of these regulations shall be construed to permit:
  (1) The alteration of evidence presented in the course of judicial, 
quasi-judicial or quasi-legislative proceedings;
  (2) Collateral attack upon any matter which has been the subject of 
judicial or quasi-judicial action; or
  (3) An amendment or correction which would be in violation of an 
existing statute, executive order or regulation.


   Sec. 215.9  Appeal of initial adverse agency determination.

  (a) An individual who disagrees with the denial or partial denial of 
his or her request to amend a record may file a request for review of 
such refusal within 60 days after the date of notification of the denial 
or partial denial.
  (b) The request for review must be in writing and may be presented in 
person or by mail to:

  Director, International Development Cooperation Agency, 2201 C Street, 
NW, Washington, DC 20523. Attention: Privacy Review Request.
  Director, Office of External Affairs, Agency for International 
Development, 2201 C Street, NW, Washington, DC 20523. Attention: Privacy 
Review Request.

Both the envelope and the letter should be clearly marked: Attention: 
Privacy Review Request. Such request should include any documentation, 
information or statements advanced for the amendment of the record, and 
a copy of the initial adverse determination.
  (c) Upon receipt of the request for review, the Director or the 
Assistant Administrator, or an officer of the Agency designated in 
writing by the Director or Administrator, shall undertake an independent 
review of the initial determination.
  (d) If someone other than the Director or the Assistant Administrator 
is designated to conduct the review, he or she shall be an officer who 
is organizationally independent of or senior to the officer or employee 
who made the initial determination.
  (e) In conducting the review, the reviewing official, may at his or 
her option, request such additional information as is deemed necessary 
to establish that the record contains only that information which is 
accurate, timely, complete and necessary to assure fairness in any 
determination which may be made about the individual on the basis of the 
record.
  (f) Within 30 days after receipt of the request for review, the 
Director, the Assistant Administrator, or the official designated to 
conduct the review, shall advise the individual of the Agency's final 

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