PT-6: System of Records Notice

PF v1.0 References:


  • Low


  • Moderate


  • High


  • Privacy
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Control is new to this version of the control set.

Control Statement

For systems that process information that will be maintained in a Privacy Act system of records:

  1. Draft system of records notices in accordance with OMB guidance and submit new and significantly modified system of records notices to the OMB and appropriate congressional committees for advance review;
  2. Publish system of records notices in the Federal Register; and
  3. Keep system of records notices accurate, up-to-date, and scoped in accordance with policy.

Supplemental Guidance

The PRIVACT requires that federal agencies publish a system of records notice in the Federal Register upon the establishment and/or modification of a PRIVACT system of records. As a general matter, a system of records notice is required when an agency maintains a group of any records under the control of the agency from which information is retrieved by the name of an individual or by some identifying number, symbol, or other identifier. The notice describes the existence and character of the system and identifies the system of records, the purpose(s) of the system, the authority for maintenance of the records, the categories of records maintained in the system, the categories of individuals about whom records are maintained, the routine uses to which the records are subject, and additional details about the system as described in OMB A-108.

Control Enhancements

PT-6(1): Routine Uses


  • Privacy

Review all routine uses published in the system of records notice at [Assignment: organization-defined frequency] to ensure continued accuracy, and to ensure that routine uses continue to be compatible with the purpose for which the information was collected.

PT-6(2): Exemption Rules


  • Privacy

Review all Privacy Act exemptions claimed for the system of records at [Assignment: organization-defined frequency] to ensure they remain appropriate and necessary in accordance with law, that they have been promulgated as regulations, and that they are accurately described in the system of records notice.