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DHS/USCIS/PIA-081 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Information Data Share

On January 9, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to share biometric and associated biographic data on refugees seeking to resettle in the United States. DHS and UNHCR entered into this MOU to expand the scope of the existing information shared through the State Department to support the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP). Under the 2019 MOU, UNHCR is now directly sharing biometric and associated biographic information with DHS Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT) (soon to be replaced by Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART)). The electronic transmission of data between UNHCR and IDENT/HART is facilitated by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Enterprise Service Bus (ESB). USCIS is conducting this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to evaluate the privacy risks associated with collecting and using biometric and associated biographic UNHCR data for identity verification purposes. This PIA is limited to covering the collection and use of UNHCR data for identity verification purposes, as well as to identify any incident of potential identity fraud, by DHS and other entities authorized by the MOU. Any additional uses of UNHCR data will be addressed in a future PIA.

DHS/USCIS/PIA-080 Enterprise Gateway and Integration Service

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is migrating its information technology systems to the cloud environment to align with the Cloud Smart initiative. To support this modernization effort, USCIS launched the Enterprise Gateway and Integration Services (EGIS) to connect and share data from different systems. EGIS acts as a conduit for the exchange of information between systems within USCIS, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), external government agencies, and authorized third parties. EGIS is designed to replace the Enterprise Service Bus 2 (ESB 2) and its hosted services incrementally. Until the ESB 2 hosted services are fully integrated into EGIS, USCIS plans to maintain legacy ESB 2 as there is a continued need to sustain the exchange of information between legacy operational systems. EGIS will also consolidate some ESB 2 functionality and add functionality not found in ESB 2 (e.g., Payment Validation Services). USCIS plans to update and publish this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) in a phased approach to evaluate the privacy risks and mitigations associated with the collection, use, and dissemination of personally identifiable information (PII) by the migrated and new services hosted by EGIS.

S&T ZADD Fact Sheet

ZADD develops innovative solutions and fosters collaborations to protect the Nation’s agriculture and public health sectors against high-consequence foreign animal, emerging, and zoonotic disease threats.

S&T Center for ZADD Fact Sheet

ZADD develops innovative solutions and fosters collaborations to protect the Nation’s agriculture and public health sectors against high-consequence foreign animal, emerging, and zoonotic disease threats.

DHS/USCIS/PIA-079 Content Management Services (CMS)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), developed the Content Management Services (CMS), a cloud-based platform for use across USCIS to manage immigration-related electronic content and services. CMS serves as a backend repository of all digital immigration-related content to be accessed and retrieved through a user interface called STACKS (not an acronym), or through separate USCIS interconnected systems. USCIS is conducting this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to analyze the privacy impacts associated with CMS, including STACKS, because this system collects, uses, stores, and disseminates personally identifiable information (PII).

DHS, DOL to Publish Joint Rule for Additional Visas for Returning Foreign Workers

WASHINGTON – On May 6th, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) will publish a joint rule making available an additional 30,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for Fiscal Year 2019. These supplemental H-2B visas are available only to returning workers who received an H-2B visa, or were otherwise granted H-2B status, during one of the last three fiscal years (FY 2016, 2017, or 2018), and availability is restricted by prioritizing only those businesses who would suffer irreparable harm without the additional workers.

DHS/USCIS/PIA-078 Data Streaming Services (DSS)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) uses Data Streaming Services as intermediary messengers to effectively and efficiently move data among USCIS systems in near real-time. The use of these services allows USCIS to transport data without the technical and administrative burden usually placed on the operating systems. USCIS is publishing this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to evaluate the privacy risks and mitigations associated with the transport of personally identifiable information (PII) using these services.

Ombudsman Partners with USCIS to Inform Public on the Release of a Revised Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

Earlier this month, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced its plan to release a revised Form I-539 and Form I-539A, Supplemental Information for Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (edition date 02/04/19) on March 11, 2019. The revised form makes several changes, including the addition of signature and biometrics fee requirements.

DHS/USCIS/PIA-077 FOIA Immigration Records System (FIRST)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), operates the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Immigration Records System (FIRST) to process FOIA requests, Privacy Act requests, and Privacy Act amendment requests from any eligible person or entity requesting access to or amendment of USCIS records. FIRST serves two purposes: (1) FIRST has a public-facing portal that allows members of the public to submit FOIA/Privacy Act requests online and allows USCIS to electronically deliver responsive records, and (2) FIRST is an internal case management system for USCIS. USCIS is conducting this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to analyze the privacy impacts associated with USCIS’ use of FIRST, as well as the information collected, used, maintained, and disseminated.

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