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NARA Privacy Act Systems: NARA 26

SYSTEM NAME: Volunteer Files.

SYSTEM LOCATION: Volunteer files may be maintained at supervisory or administrative offices at all NARA facilities that use volunteer workers.

CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS COVERED BY THE SYSTEM: Individuals covered by this system include persons who have applied to be NARA volunteers.

CATEGORIES OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM: Volunteer files consist of a variety of records maintained by operating officials to administer personnel matters affecting volunteers. Records may include: applications for volunteer service and for building passes, registration forms, other administrative forms, correspondence, resumes, letters of recommendation, college transcripts and forms, performance assessments, and copies of timesheets. Volunteer files may include some or all of the following information about an individual: name; home and emergency addresses and telephone numbers; social security number; birthdate; professional qualifications, training, awards, and other recognition; employment history; and information about injuries, conduct, attendance, years of service, and work assignments. This system of records does not include official personnel files, which are covered by Office of Personnel Management systems of records OPM/GOVT-1 through 10.

AUTHORITY FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE SYSTEM: 44 U.S.C. 2105(d) and generally 5 and 31 U.S.C.

ROUTINE USES OF RECORDS MAINTAINED IN THE SYSTEM, INCLUDING CATEGORIES OF USERS AND THE PURPOSES OF SUCH USES: NARA maintains volunteer files on individuals to: evaluate individuals who apply to serve as volunteers, docents, interns, and work study students at NARA facilities; assign work and monitor performance; and carry out personnel management responsibilities in general affecting those volunteers.

NARA may disclose attendance and performance information on interns and work study students to colleges and universities that oversee those individuals in student internships and work study programs. The routine use statements A, B, C, D, F, and G, described in Appendix A following the NARA Notices, also apply to this system of records.


STORAGE: Paper and electronic records.

RETRIEVABILITY: Information in volunteer files may be retrieved primarily by the name of the individual.

SAFEGUARDS: During business hours, paper records are maintained in areas accessible only to authorized NARA personnel. Electronic records are accessible via passwords from terminals located in attended offices. After business hours, buildings have security guards and/or secured doors, and all entrances are monitored by electronic surveillance equipment.

RETENTION AND DISPOSAL: Volunteer files are temporary records and are destroyed in accordance with the disposition instructions in the NARA records schedule contained in FILES 203, the NARA Files Maintenance and Records Disposition Manual. Individuals may request a copy of the disposition instructions from the NARA Privacy Act Officer.

SYSTEM MANAGER(S) AND ADDRESS: For volunteer files located in Staff Development Services Branch, the system manager is the Assistant Archivist for Human Resources and Information Services (NH). For volunteer files located in organizational units in the Office of Records Services - Washington, DC the system manager is the Assistant Archivist for Records Services - Washington, DC (NW). For volunteer files located in individual Presidential Libraries, Projects, and Staffs and Regional Records Services Facilities, the system manager is the director of the Presidential Library, Project, or Staff or Regional Records Services Facilities. The addresses for these locations are listed in Appendix B following the NARA Notices.

NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE: Individuals interested in inquiring about their records should notify the NARA Privacy Act Officer at the address listed in Appendix B following the NARA notices.

RECORD ACCESS PROCEDURES: Individuals who wish to gain access to their records should submit their request in writing to the NARA Privacy Act Officer at the address listed in Appendix B.

CONTESTING RECORD PROCEDURES: NARA rules for contesting the contents and appealing initial determinations are found in 36 CFR part 1202.

RECORD SOURCE CATEGORIES: Information in volunteer files is obtained from the volunteers themselves, NARA supervisors, persons listed as references in applications submitted by volunteers, and educational institutions.

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