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DHS/S&T/PIA-037 Genomics Informatics System (GIS)

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) created the Genomics Informatics System (GIS) to analyze bio-forensic data for classified development projects and law enforcement casework. GIS processes deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and amino-acid sequences transferred to GIS from external sources. S&T uses GIS for the analysis of bio-forensic data that may include the DNA or amino-acid sequences of synthetic constructs, viruses, bacteria, plants, animals, and/or humans. GIS is not used to identify individuals, and the identity of an individual cannot be inferred from a DNA sequence or other information in the GIS database. S&T is conducting this PIA to analyze potential privacy risks in the collection, analysis, and storage of human DNA sequences by GIS.


The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) is responsible for implementing the programs necessary to align DHS’s Information Technology (IT) personnel, resources, and assets.

DHS/S&T/PIA-035 Laboratory Management System (LMS)

The National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) is a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) and laboratory within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T). NBACC develops and applies methods to identify the means, method, and forensic signatures associated with a biological agent, biocrime, or bioterror investigation. This work guides DHS investments in vaccines, drugs, detectors, and other countermeasures to protect against biological terrorism. NBACC uses the Laboratory Management System (LMS) to facilitate and maintain a state of mission-related laboratory compliance with International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Standard ISO 17025 (general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories) and its laboratory registration with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). LMS assists NBACC in meeting its compliance, verification, and registration obligations under ISO 17025; federal, state, and local regulations; and DHS policies; and in reducing the likelihood of records mismanagement in its mission- related laboratory operations. LMS collects personally identifiable information (PII) from or about DHS workforce members (both government and contractors) who work with NBACC.

DHS/ALL/PIA-072 National Vetting Center (NVC)

Through National Security Presidential Memorandum (NSPM)-9, the President has mandated the Federal Government improve the manner in which executive departments and agencies (agencies) coordinate and use intelligence and other information to identify individuals who present a threat to national security, border security, homeland security, or public safety in accordance with their existing legal authorities and all applicable policy protections. To achieve this mandate, the President directed the establishment of the National Vetting Center (NVC) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with the purpose of coordinating agency vetting efforts to locate and use relevant intelligence and law enforcement information to identify individuals who may present a threat to the homeland. The Secretary of Homeland Security has delegated this responsibility within DHS to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). DHS is conducting this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to assess the risks to privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties presented by the NVC and the vetting programs that will operate using the NVC.

DHS/ALL/PIA-071 Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS) Statistical Data Production and Reporting

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS) is responsible for carrying out two statutory requirements: 1) collecting and disseminating to Congress and the public information useful in evaluating the social, economic, environmental, and demographic impact of immigration laws; and 2) establishing standards of reliability and validity for immigration statistics collected by the Department’s operational Components. To meet these requirements, OIS collects immigration-related data from across DHS and other federal immigration agencies, prepares the data for statistical purposes, and creates a variety of statistical products to inform the public, Congress, and Department leadership on key trends in immigration to the United States.

DHS/S&T/PIA-034 Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) is leading DHS efforts and coordinating across the Federal Government testing and evaluating technologies used to detect, identify, and monitor small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) that may pose a potential threat to covered facilities and assets and other missions authorized to the Department by law. These protective technologies are referred to as Counter-UAS (C-UAS).

DHS/S&T/PIA-033 Coastal Surveillance System (CSS)

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has launched the Coastal Surveillance System (CSS) Pilot program. CSS is a technology demonstration project that establishes a framework (data standards and interfaces) for authorized sharing of data between DHS Components and partners. CSS allows authorized personnel to access information collected by other maritime law enforcement, safety, and security programs.


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