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DHS/OS RIN: 1601-AA00 Publication ID: Fall 2011 
Title: Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Procedures 
Abstract: This rulemaking action will revise 6 CFR part 5, which contains the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) (FOIA) and Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) regulations. This rulemaking action will amend DHS' FOIA regulations including those provisions governing information subject to Privacy Act exemptions and procedures for verification of the identity of Privacy Act requesters. FOIA provides for the disclosure of agency records to the public unless that information is exempt under clearly delineated statutory language. The Privacy Act regulates the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) maintained by agencies and departments of the executive branch, including DHS. The procedures established here would assist the Department in satisfying its responsibilities to the public to disclose Departmental information while at the same time safeguarding individual privacy. 
Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 6 CFR 5   
Legal Authority: PL 107-296, 116 Stat 2135    5 USC 301    5 USC 552 to 552a   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  01/27/2003  68 FR 4056   
Interim Final Rule Effective  01/27/2003    
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  02/26/2003    
NPRM  03/00/2012    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
James Holzer
Deputy Chief FOIA Officer
Department of Homeland Security
Privacy Office, 245 Murray Lane, Mail Stop 0655,
Washington, DC 20528-0655
Phone:202 343-1756
Email: james.holzer@hq.dhs.gov