A r c h i v e d I n f o r m a t i o n
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
System location:Office of General Counsel, U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Room 6E301
Washington, DC 20202.
Categories of individuals covered by the system:
This system contains records about Department employees, recipients of Federal assistance under Department funded programs, and members of the public who have a claim against the Department or against whom the Department has a claim under the Federal Torts Claims Act, Military Personnel and Civilian Employees Claims Act, Federal Claims Collection Act or Act for Waiver of Overpayment of Pay.
Categories of records in the system:
This system contains information that is pertinent to the particular claim being asserted, including accident reports, hospital records, charges for medical service; certifications of overpayments, audits of payroll accounts during period of overpayments, earning and leave statements; claims officers memorandum, final determinations made on claims, identity of debtors and information pertaining to how debts arose.
Authority for maintenance of the system:
Federal Torts Claims Act (28 U.S.C. 2671-2680, 1346(b)); Waiver of Overpayment of Pay Act (5 U.S.C. 5584); Military Personnel and Civilian Employees Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. 240 et seq.; Federal Claims Collection Act, 31 U.S.C. 951-953.
The information in this system is used to adjudicate claims between the U.S. and private parties.
Routine uses of records maintained in the system, including categories of users and the purposes of such uses:
The Department of Education (Department) may disclose information contained in a record in this system of records under the routine uses listed in this system of records without the consent of the individual if the disclosure is compatible with the purposes for which the record was collected. These disclosures may be made on a case-by-case basis or, if the Department has complied with the computer matching requirements of the Act, under a computer matching agreement.
- Program Disclosure. The Department may disclose information to Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies, private individuals, private and public hospitals, allegedly negligent parties, private attorneys, insurance companies, the United States Attorney and other Federal officials and agencies, individual law enforcement officers, and tribal officials for the purpose of investigating, settling, or litigating claims.
- Disclosure for Use by Other Law Enforcement Agencies. The Department may disclose information to any Federal, State, local, or foreign agency or other public authority responsible for enforcing, investigating, or prosecuting violations of administrative, civil, or criminal law or regulation if that information is relevant to any enforcement, regulatory, investigative, or prosecutive responsibility within the receiving entity's jurisdiction.
- Enforcement Disclosure. In the event that information in this system of records indicates, either on its face or in connection with other information, a violation or potential violation of any applicable statute, regulation, or order of a competent authority, the Department may disclose the relevant records to the appropriate agency, whether foreign, Federal, State, Tribal, or local, charged with the responsibility of investigating or prosecuting that violation or charged with enforcing or implementing the statute, executive order, rule, regulation, or order issued pursuant thereto.
- Employment, Benefit, and Contracting Disclosure.
- For Decisions by the Department. The Department may disclose a record to a Federal, State, or local agency maintaining civil, criminal, or other relevant enforcement or other pertinent records, or to another public authority or professional organization, if necessary to obtain information relevant to a Department decision concerning the hiring or retention of an employee or other personnel action, the issuance of a security clearance, the letting of a contract, or the issuance of a license, grant, or other benefit.
- For Decisions by Other Public Agencies and Professional Organizations. The Department may disclose a record to a Federal, State, local, or foreign agency or other public authority or professional organization, in connection with the hiring or retention of an employee or other personnel action, 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, to the extent that the record is relevant and necessary to the receiving entity's decision on the matter.
- Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Disclosures.
- Introduction. In the event that one of the parties listed below is involved in litigation or ADR, or has an interest in litigation ADR, the Department may disclose certain records to the parties described in paragraphs (b), (c) and (d) of this routine use under the conditions specified in those paragraphs:
- The Department of Education, or any component of the Department; or
- Any Department employee in his or her official capacity; or
- Any Department employee in his or her individual capacity if the Department of Justice (DOJ) has agreed to provide or arrange for representation for the employee;
- Any Department employee in his or her individual capacity where the agency has agreed to represent the employee; or
- The United States where the Department determines that the litigation is likely to affect the Department or any of its components.
- Disclosure to the DOJ. If the Department determines that disclosure of certain records to the DOJ is relevant and necessary to litigation or ADR, the Department may disclose those records as a routine use to the DOJ.
- Administrative Disclosures. If the Department determines that disclosure of certain records to an adjudicative body before which the Department is authorized to appear, an individual or entity designated the Department or otherwise empowered to resolve or mediate disputes is relevant and necessary to the administrative litigation, the Department may disclose those records as a routine use to the adjudicative body, individual, or entity.
- Parties, counsels, representatives and witnesses. If the Department determines that disclosure of certain records to a party, counsel, representative or witness in an administrative proceeding is relevant and necessary to the litigation, the Department may disclose those records as a routine use to the party, counsel, representative or witness.
- Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advice Disclosure. The Department may disclose records to the Department of Justice and the Office of Management and Budget if the Department concludes that disclosure is desirable or necessary in determining whether particular records are required to be disclosed under the FOIA.
- Congressional Member Disclosure. The Department may disclose records to a member of Congress from the record of an individual in response to an inquiry from the member made at the written request of that individual. The member's right to the information is no greater than the right of the individual who requested it.
Policies and practices for storing, retrieving, accessing, retaining, and disposing of records in the system:
Records are maintained in legal size files in filing cabinets.
Records can be retrieved by the name of the non-Government party, whether claimant, plaintiff, or alleged debtor. In some instances, these records are retrievable by cross reference to index cards, containing name of the party involved and the subject matter.
Office buildings in which files are kept are locked after the close of the business day. These files are only accessible to General Counsel staff.
Retention and disposal:
The records are maintained in accordance with the Department of Education Records Disposition Schedules (ED/RDS).
System manager(s) and address:The General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel
U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 6E301
Washington, DC 20202.
If you wish to determine whether a record exists regarding you in the system of records, contact the system manager. Your request must meet the requirements of the regulations at 34 CFR 5b.5, including proof of identity.
Record access procedures:
If you wish to gain access to a record regarding you in the system of records, contact the system manager. Your request must meet the requirements of the regulations at 34 CFR 5b.5, including proof of identity.
Contesting record procedures:
If you wish to contest the content of a record regarding you in the system of records, contact the system manager. Your request must meet the requirements of the regulations at 34 CFR 5b.7.
Record source categories:
The information in this system comes from a number of sources including private individuals, private and public hospitals, doctors, law enforcement agencies and officials, private attorneys, accident reports, third parties, claimants for beneficiaries and their relatives, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, agencies and instrumentalities.
Systems exempted from certain provisions of the act: