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DHS/S&T/PIA-039 Genomic Data Network and Analysis (GDNA)


The National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) is a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) laboratory sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T). NBACC’s National Bioforensic Analysis Center (NBFAC) created the Genomic Data Network and Analysis (GDNA) system to analyze bioforensic data for unclassified law enforcement casework and forensic capability development projects. NBACC uses the GDNA system to analyze the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sequences of bacteria, viruses, plants, and non-human animals. S&T is conducting this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) because GDNA also will process human DNA for casework, as part of ongoing human forensics capability development projects, and for quality assurance purposes. This PIA identifies and assesses the potential privacy risks posed by the collection, use, handling, storage, retention, and disposal of human DNA by NBFAC and the GDNA system and the mitigations necessary to address the identified privacy risks. February 2020

Associated SORN(s):

  • DHS/S&T-001 DHS Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation Records System
  • DHS/ALL-004 General Information Technology Access Account Records System (GITAARS)
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DHS/S&T/PIA-039 Genomic Data Network and Analysis (GDNA) - February 2020 PDF 613.04 KB 03/02/2020
Last Updated: 03/31/2023
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