What is the Privacy Act?
The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. §552a) (PA) establishes safeguards for the protection of records the government collects and maintains on U.S. citizens and lawfully admitted permanent residents. Specifically, it mandates that the government inform people at the time it is collecting information about them why the information is being collected and how it will be used; publish a notice in the Federal Register of new or revised systems of records on individuals; assure that information is accurate, relevant, complete and up-to-date before disclosing it to others; allow individuals to find out about disclosures of their records to other agencies or persons; and provide individuals with the opportunity to correct inaccuracies in their records. The PA allows individuals to seek access to records retrieved by their name and personal identifier that are contained in a PA system of records; provide written authorization for their representative to act on their behalf; and seek records on behalf of a minor child if they are the legal guardian or parent and are determined to be acting in the minor's best interest.
How to Make a Privacy Act Request
To make a PA request, send a signed letter and label the request itself and the envelope: "PRIVACY ACT REQUEST" and submit to the Freedom of Information and Privacy Office, 811 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20571. The request must include a return address that identifies your street name/number and must (1) include verification of identity attesting that you are the record's subject (or his/her legal guardian) or a notarized consent form from the record's subject; and (2) clearly identifies the particular record(s). In identifying the record(s) at issue, please describe them in sufficient detail to enable EXIM Bank staff to conduct a search for the requested records with a reasonable amount of effort.
All requests must be accompanied by a completed Certification of Identity form.
You may also complete the form below, and email the completed Certification of Identity form to firstname.lastname@example.org. The agency will send you confirmation of receipt.
Requesting Amendment of Records
In addition to allowing you to request a copy of PA records, the PA allows you seek amendment for information contained about you that is erroneous in EXIM Privacy Act Systems of Record. See Privacy Act Systems of Record. This, however, only pertains to factual matters and not matters of opinion. The procedures for requesting amendment are to submit the request in writing; include a description of the information to be amended; reason for amendment; the type of amendment sought and copies of available evidence supporting the request, as the burden of proof rests with you. The PA systems manager will normally acknowledge receipt of your request within 10 working days and provide a determination within 30 working days. If your request for amendment is denied in whole or in part, you will be promptly notified in writing and given the opportunity to appeal the determination and/or submit a statement of disagreement that will be maintained in/with the file in question.