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SORN 09-90-0003

System name: Criminal Investigative Files of the Inspector General, HHS/OS/OIG.

Security classification: None.

System location:

Office of the Inspector General, HHS Room 5250 Wilbur J. Cohen Bldg., 330 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20201

Region 1, Office of Investigations (OI), OIG, PO Box 8767, Government Center Station, Boston, Massachusetts 02114  

Region 2, OI, OIG, PO Box 3209, Church Street Station, New York, New York 10008

Region 3, OI, OIG, PO Box 8049, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19101

Region 4, OI, OIG, PO Box 2288, Atlanta, Georgia 30301

Region 5, OI, OIG, PO Box 2197, Chicago, Illinois 60690

Region 6, Room 4-E-1B, 1100 Commerce Street, Dallas, Texas 75242

Region 7, OI, OIG, PO Box 2692, Denver, Colorado 80201

Region 9, OI, OIG, PO Box 42516, San Francisco, California 94101

Washington Field Office, Room 5728 Cohen Bldg., 330 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20201

Categories of individuals covered by the system: Individuals relevant to a criminal investigation, including but not limited to the subjects of an investigation, complainants, and key witnesses where necessary for future retrieval.

Categories of records in the system: Criminal investigative files and extracts from that file consisting of a computerized case management and tracking file.

Authority for maintenance of the system: The Inspector General Act of 1978, 5 U.S.C. App. 3, authorize Inspectors General to conduct, supervise and coordinate investigations relating to the programs and operations of their respective agencies.


Pursuant to the Inspector General Act of 1978, 5 U.S.C. App. 3, this system is maintained for the purpose of conducting, documenting, and tracking investigations conducted by the OIG or other investigative agencies regarding HHS programs and operations, documenting the outcome of OIG reviews of allegations and complaints received concerning HHS programs and operations, aiding in prosecutions brought against the subjects of OIG investigations, maintaining a record of the activities which were the subject of investigations, reporting the results of OIG investigations to other Departmental components for their use in operating and evaluating their programs and in imposition of civil or administrative sanctions, and acting as a repository and source for information necessary to fulfill the reporting requirements of 5 U.S.C. App. 3. Routine uses of records maintained in the system, including categories of users and the purposes of such uses:

a. Information from this system of records may be disclosed to any other federal agency or any foreign, state, or local government agency responsible for enforcing, investigating, or prosecuting violations of administrative, civil, or criminal law or regulation where that information is relevant to an enforcement proceeding, investigation, or prosecution within the agency's jurisdiction.

b. Information from this system of records may be disclosed to

(1) the Department of Justice in connection with requests for legal advice and in connection with actual or potential criminal    prosecutions or civil litigation pertaining to the Office of Inspector General, and (2) a Federal or State grand jury, a Federal    or State court, administrative tribunal, opposing counsel, or witnesses in the course of civil or criminal proceedings pertaining to the Office of Inspector General.

c. Information from this system of records may be disclosed to a federal, state, or local agency maintaining civil, criminal or other relevant enforcement records or other pertinent records such as current licenses, if necessary to obtain a record relevant to an agency decision concerning the hiring or retention of an employee, the issuance of a license, grant or other benefit.

d. Information from this system of records may be disclosed to a federal agency in response to its request in connection with the hiring or retention of an employee, the issuance of a security clearance, the reporting of an investigation of an employee, the letting of a contract, or the issuance of a license, grant, or other benefit by the requesting agency, to the extent that the record is relevant and necessary to the requesting agency's decision on the matter.

e. Relevant information may be disclosed from this system of records to the news media and general public where there exists a legitimate public interest, e.g., to provide information on events in the criminal process, such as indictments, and where necessary for protection from imminent threat to life or property.

f. Where federal agencies having the power to subpoena other  federal agencies' records, such as the Internal Revenue Service, issue a subpoena to the Department for records in this system of records, the Department will make such records available.

g. When the Department contemplates that it will contract with a private firm for the purpose of collating, analyzing, aggregating or otherwise refining records in this system, relevant records will be disclosed to such contractor. The contractor shall be required to maintain Privacy Act safeguards with respect to such records.

h. Disclosures may be made to organizations deemed qualified by the Secretary to carry out quality assessments.

i. Information from this system of records may be disclosed in the course of employee discipline of competence determination proceedings.

j. Disclosures may be made to a Congressional office from the record of an individual in response to an inquiry from the   Congressional office made at the request of that individual.

k. Information from this system of records may be disclosed to the Department of Justice, to a judicial or administrative tribunal, opposing counsel, and witnesses, in the course of proceedings involving HHS, an HHS employee (where the matter pertains to the employee's official duties), or the United States, or any agency thereof where the litigation is likely to affect HHS, or HHS is a party or has an interest in the litigation and the use of the information is relevant and necessary to the litigation.

l. Information from this system of records may be disclosed to a Federal, State or local agency maintaining pertinent records, if necessary to obtain a record relevant to a Department decision concerning the hiring or retention of an employee, the issuance of a security clearance, the letting of a contract, or the issuance of a license, grant, or other benefit.

m. Information from this system of records may be disclosed to third party contacts, including public and private organizations, in order to obtain information relevant and necessary to the investigation of potential violations in HHS programs and operations, or where disclosure would enable the OIG to identify violations in HHS programs or operations or otherwise assist the OIG in pursuing on-going investigations.

n. A record may be disclosed to any official charged with the responsibility to conduct qualitative assessment reviews of internal safeguards and management procedures employed in investigative operations. This disclosure category includes members of the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency and officials and administrative staff within their investigative chain or command, as well as authorized officials of the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Policies and practices for storing, retrieving, accessing, retaining, and disposing of records in the system:

Storage: The records, which take the form of index cards, investigative reports, micro computer disks, computer main frame files and computer printed listings are maintained under secure conditions in limited access areas. Written documents and computer disks are maintained in secure rooms, in security type safes or in lock bar file cabinets with manipulation proof combination locks. Computer main frame files are on-line in guarded, combination locked computer rooms.

Retrievability: Records are retrieved by manual or computer search of indices containing the name or Social Security number of the individual to whom the record applies. Records may be cross-referenced by case or complaint number.

Safeguards: Records are maintained in a restricted area and accessed only by Department personnel. Access within OIG is strictly limited to authorized staff members. All employees are given instructions on the sensitivity of such files and the restrictions on disclosure. Access within HHS is strictly limited to the Secretary, Under-Secretary, and other officials and employees on a need-to-know basis. All main frame computer files and printed listings are safeguarded in accordance with the provisions of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Federal Information Processing Standards 41 and 31, and    the HHS Information Resources Management Manual, Part 6, "ADP Systems Security."

Retention and disposal: Investigative files are retained for 10 years after completion of the investigation and/or actions based thereon. Paper and computer indices are retained permanently. The records control schedule and disposal standards may be obtained by writing to the System Manager at the address below.

System manager(s) and address: Inspector General, Room 5250 Wilbur J. Cohen Building, Department of Health and Human Services, 330 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20201.

Notification procedure: Exempt, however consideration will be given requests addressed to the system manager. For general inquiries, it would be helpful if the request included date of birth and Social Security number as well as the name of the individual.

Record access procedures: Same as notification procedures. Requestors should also reasonably specify the record contents being sought.

Contesting record procedures: Contact the system manager at the address specified above, and reasonably identify the record, specify the information to be contested, and the corrective action sought with supporting justification.

Record source categories: The OIG collects information from a wide variety of sources, including information from the Department and other Federal, State, and local agencies, witnesses, complainants and other nongovernmental sources.

Systems exempted from certain provisions of the act: Pursuant to subsection (j)(2) of the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. 552a(j)(2), the Secretary has exempted this system from the access, amendment, correction, and notification provisions of the Act, 5    U.S.C. 552a(c)(3), (d)(1)-(4), (e)(3), and (e)(4)(G) and (h).

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