SYSTEM OF RECORDS NOTICES (SORNs)
Armed Forces Repository of Specimen Samples for the Identification of Remains (March 27, 2003, 68 FR 14954).
Armed Forces Repository of Specimen Samples for the Identification of Remains, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, 16050 Industrial Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-1414.
CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS COVERED BY THE SYSTEM:
Department of Defense military personnel (Active and reserve).
Civilian family members of Department of Defense military personnel (Active and reserve) who voluntarily provide specimens for DNA typing for purpose of identifying the human remains of family members.
DoD civilian and contractor personnel deploying with the armed forces.
Other individuals may also be included in this system when the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) is requested by Federal, state, local and foreign authorities to identify human remains.
CATEGORIES OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:
Specimen collections from which a DNA typing can be obtained (oral swabs, blood and blood stains, bone, and tissue), and the DNA typing results. Accession number, specimen locator information, collection date, place of collection, individual's name, Social Security Number, right index fingerprint, signature, branch of service, sex, race and ethnic origin, address, place and date of birth, and relevant kindred information, past and present.
AUTHORITY FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE SYSTEM:
5 U.S.C. 301, Departmental Regulations; 10 U.S.C. 131; 10 U.S.C. 3013, Secretary of Army; 10 U.S.C. 5013, Secretary of the Navy; 10 U.S.C. 8013, Secretary of the Air Force; E.O. 9397 (SSN); Deputy Secretary of Defense memorandum dated December 16, 1991; and Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) memoranda dated January 5, 1993, March 9, 1994, April 2, 1996, and October 11, 1996.
Information in this system of records will be used for the identification of human remains. The data collected and stored will not be analyzed until needed for the identification of human remains.
ROUTINE USES OF RECORDS MAINTAINED IN THE SYSTEM, INCLUDING CATEGORIES OF USERS AND THE PURPOSES OF SUCH USES:
In addition to those disclosures generally permitted under 5 U.S.C. 552a(b) of the Privacy Act, these records or information contained therein may specifically be disclosed outside the DoD as a routine use pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(3) as follows:
To Federal, state, local and foreign authorities when the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) is requested to identify human remains.
To a proper authority, as compelled by other applicable law, in a case in which all of the following conditions are present:
- The responsible DoD official has received a proper judicial order or judicial authorization.
- The specimen sample is needed for the investigation or prosecution of a crime punishable by one year or more of confinement.
- No reasonable alternative means for obtaining a specimen for DNA profile analysis is available.
- The use is approved by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Heath Affairs.
The DoD 'Blanket Routine Uses' do not apply to this system.
NOTE: This system of records contains individually identifiable health information. The DoD Health Information Privacy Regulation (DoD 6025.18-R) issued pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, applies to most such health information. DoD 6025.18-R may place additional procedural requirements on the uses and disclosures of such information beyond those found in the Privacy Act of 1974 or mentioned in this system of records notice.
POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR STORING, RETRIEVING, ACCESSING, RETAINING, AND DISPOSING OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:
Records are stored manually and electronically.
By individual's surname, sponsor's Social Security Number, date of birth, and specimen reference or AFIP accession number.
Access to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology is controlled. Computerized records are maintained in controlled areas accessible only to authorized personnel. Entry to these areas is restricted to those personnel with a valid requirement and authorization to enter. All personnel whose duties require access to, or processing and maintenance of personnel information are trained in the proper safeguarding and use of the information. Any DNA typing information obtained will be handled as confidential medical information.
RETENTION AND DISPOSAL:
Records are maintained 50 years and then destroyed by shredding or incineration.
Statistical data used for research and educational projects are destroyed after end of project.
Military personnel, their civilian family members, or others may request early destruction of their individual remains identification specimen samples following the conclusion of the donor's complete military service or other applicable relationship to DoD. For this purpose, complete military service is not limited to active duty service; it includes all service as a member of the Selected Reserves, Individual Ready Reserve, Standby Reserve or Retired Reserve.
In the case of DoD civilians and contractor personnel, early destruction is allowed when the donor is no longer deployed by DoD in a geographic area which requires the maintenance of such samples. Upon receipt of such requests, the samples will be destroyed within 180 days, and notification of the destruction sent to the donor.
Requests for early destruction may be sent to the Repository Administrator, Armed Forces Repository of Specimen Samples for the Identification of Remains, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC 20306-6000.
System Manager(s) and Address:
Chief Information Officer, Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Army Medical Command, ATTN: MCIM, 2050 Worth Road, Suite 13, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-6013.
Individuals seeking to determine whether information about themselves is contained in this system should address written inquiries to the Administrator, Repository and Research Services, ATTN: Armed Forces Repository of Specimen Samples for the Identification of Remains, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC 20306-6000.
Requesting individual must submit full name, Social Security Number and date of birth of military member and branch of military service, if applicable, or accession/reference number assigned by the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, if known. For requests made in person, identification such as military ID card or valid driver's license is required.
Record Access Procedures:
Individuals seeking access to information about themselves or deceased family members contained in this system should address written inquiries to the Administrator, Repository and Research Services, ATTN: Armed Forces Repository of Specimen Samples for the Identification of Remains, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC 20306-6000.
Requesting individual must submit full name, Social Security Number and date of birth of military member and branch of military service, if applicable, or accession/reference number assigned by the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, if known.
Contesting Record Procedures:
The Army's rules for accessing records, and for contesting contents and appealing initial agency determinations are contained in Army Regulation 340-21; 32 CFR part 505; or may be obtained from the system manager.
Record Source Categories:
Individual, family member, diagnostic test, other available administrative or medical records obtained from civilian or military sources.
Exemptions Claimed for the System: