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Privacy Act System of Records: Peer Review Panelist Information System for the Office of Research and Development, EPA-37

[excerpted from: Federal Register: February 22, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 36)]

System Name: ORD Peer Review Panelist Information System (PRPIS) System.

System Location: National Center for Environmental Research, Office of Research and Development, Environmental Protection Agency, Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460.

Categories of Individuals Covered by the System: Peer reviewers who may be retained by EPA to evaluate grant, fellowship, and cooperative agreement applicants and their applications.

Categories of Records in the System: Names of peer reviewers, supporting data about their academic institutions or other institutional affiliations, proposal evaluations from peer reviewers, review records, contract and financial data, committee or panel discussion summaries, and other agency records containing or reflecting comments on the applications or the applicants from peer reviewers.

Authority for Maintenance of the System (includes any revisions or amendments): Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act, 31 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.; Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. 1857 et seq.; Federal Water Pollution Control Act, 33 U.S.C. 1254 et seq.; Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. 241 et seq.; Solid Waste Disposal Act, 42 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, 7 U.S.C. 136 et seq.

Purpose(s): To assist EPA conduct and document review of applications for research grants, cooperative agreements, and fellowships through the use of peer reviewers from the scientific community.

Routine Uses of Records Maintained in the System, Including Categories of Users, and the Purposes of Such Uses: General routine uses A, B, E, F, G, H, and K apply to this system. Records may also be disclosed:

  1. To Federal government agencies that cooperate with EPA in joint grant programs.

Policies and Practices For Storing, Retrieving, Accessing, Retaining, and Disposing of Records in the System:

  • Storage: Electronic database and on CD-ROM.

  • Retrievability: By the name and subject related characteristics of peer reviewers.

  • Safeguards: Electronic records are maintained in a secure, password protected electronic system. Paper records are maintained in lockable file cabinets. All records are maintained in secure, access-controlled areas or buildings.

  • Retention and Disposal: File is cumulative and is maintained indefinitely.

System Manager(s) and Address: Director, Peer Review Division, National Center for Environmental Research, Office of Research and Development, Environmental Protection Agency, Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460.

Notification Procedures: Any individual who wants to know whether this system of records contains a record about him or her, who wants access to his or her record, or who wants to contest the contents of a record, should make a written request to the System Manager.

Access Procedure: Requesters will be required to provide adequate identification, such as a driver's license, employee identification card, or other identifying document. Additional identification procedures may be required in some instances.

Contesting Procedure: Requests for correction or amendment must identify the record to be changed and the corrective action sought. Complete EPA Privacy Act procedures are set out in 40 CFR Part 16.

Record Source Categories: Record subjects, and EPA and other Federal agency personnel.

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