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DHS/ALL/PIA-039 Physical Access Control System (PACS)


Department of Homeland security (DHS) Physical Access Control Systems (PACS) support a range of functions related to managing physical access by individuals to DHS Headquarters (HQ) facilities. PACS are comprised of four major functions: visitor management, physical access control, intrusion detection, and video surveillance. PACS contain personally identifiable information (PII) from DHS employees, DHS contractors, and members of the public that access or attempt to access DHS HQ facilities. This Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) Update addresses the two instances of PACS currently in operation within DHS HQ: the Headquarters Physical Access Control System (HQ PACS) and the St. Elizabeths Physical Access Control Systems (St. Es PACS). DHS is updating and replacing the previous PACS PIA, published on June 9, 2011, to broaden its scope beyond HQ PACS to also cover St. Es PACS. DHS will update this PIA further as more PACS are added to DHS HQ’s physical security architecture. DHS will also publish a separate PIA for any PACS that differ substantially or that raise distinct privacy risks from those covered by this PIA Update. July 2017

Associated SORN(s)

  • DHS/ALL-024 Facility and Perimeter Access Control and Visitor Management System of Records
  • DHS/ALL-023 Personnel Security Management System of Records
  • DHS/ALL-025 Law Enforcement Authority in Support of the Protection of Property Owned, Occupied, or Secured by the Department of Homeland Security System of Records
  • DHS/ALL-026 Personal Identity Verification Management System of Records
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DHS/ALL/PIA-039(a) DHS Physical Access Control Systems (PACS) - July 2017 PDF 456.06 KB
DHS/ALL/PIA-039 Physical Access Control System (PACS) PDF 237.3 KB
Last Updated: 03/31/2023
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