Department of the Air Force

F071 AF OSI A

SYSTEM NAME:

Counterintelligence Operations and Collection Records  (June 11, 1997,  62 FR 31793)

SYSTEM LOCATION:

HQ Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), Bolling Air Force Base, DC 20332. Headquarters of major commands and at all levels down to and including Air Force installations. Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) field units. Washington National Records Center, Washington, DC 20409. Official mailing addresses are published as an appendix to the Air Force's compilation of systems of records notices.

CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS COVERED BY THE SYSTEM:

Active duty, retired or former military personnel. Current, retired and former Air Force civilian employees. Applicants for enlistment or appointment. Air Force Academy Cadets, applicants and nominees. Dependents of military personnel. Current and former Armed Forces Exchange employees, union or association personnel, civilian contracting officers and their representatives, employees of the Peace Corp, State Department and the American Red Cross and other Department of Defense employees and contractors. Foreign Nationals residing in the U.S. and abroad.

CATEGORIES OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:

Reports of investigation, collection reports, statements of individuals, affidavits, correspondence, and other documentation pertaining to investigative effort spent in identifying and countering foreign intelligence and terrorist threat to the United States and the U.S. military. This includes activities and suspected activities intended to convince U.S. military and others to illegally engage in such activities. Also includes indicators of foreign military and political actions directed against the United States, its installations, personnel, and allies.

AUTHORITY FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE SYSTEM:

10 U.S.C. 8013, Secretary of the Air Force: Powers and duties; delegation by, and Air Force Regulation 23-18, Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

PURPOSE(S):

Compiled for use in determining the hostile threat against the United States, its allies, their military and government.

Used by USAF, other military commanders, and other responsible authorities in taking actions to counter these threats. Used by USAF Commanders to initiate other investigative, judicial, or administrative actions when appropriate.

Used by HQ USAF activities in promotion, reassignment, and similar personnel actions.

Provided to the USAF Board for the Correction of Military Records for use in correcting individual military records.

ROUTINE USES OF RECORDS MAINTAINED IN THE SYSTEM, INCLUDING CATEGORIES OF USERS AND THE PURPOSES OF SUCH USES:

In addition to those disclosures generally permitted under 5 U.S.C. 552a(b) of the Privacy Act, these records or information contained therein may specifically be disclosed outside the DoD as a routine use pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(3) as follows:

Used representatives of the U.S. Department of State, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the staff of the National Security Council, and the Executive Branch.

Used by civilian authorities in assessing the threat against the U.S., its installations, and personnel as well as its allies. Furnished to the CIA, FBI, and other intelligence/counterintelligence agencies for use in matters pertaining to hostile intelligence and terrorist activities directed against the U.S. or its allies, their installations, or personnel.

Used in immigration and naturalization inquiries conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Used by appropriate Medical and Forensic Laboratory personnel to assist in making laboratory tests and medical examinations in support of the investigative, judicial, and administrative process. Furnished to Defense and Trial Counsels for use in judicial and administrative actions.

Provided to the U.S. Secret Service for use in conjunction with protecting the President, Vice President, and other high ranking officials. Used in conjunction with Joint Counterintelligence Operations conducted by AFOSI and other intelligence/counterintelligence services.

Information concerning hijacking or suspected hijacking of aircraft is furnished to the Federal Aviation Agency.

The DoD 'Blanket Routine Uses' published at the beginning of the Air Force's compilation of systems of records notices apply to this system.

POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR STORING, RETRIEVING, ACCESSING, RETAINING, AND DISPOSING OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:


STORAGE:

Maintained in file folders and card files, and on microfilm aperture cards.

RETRIEVABILITY:

Retrieved by name, Social Security Number or Military Service Number.

SAFEGUARDS:

Records are accessed by custodian of the record system and by person(s) responsible for servicing the record system in performance of their official duties who are properly screened and cleared for need-to-know. Records are stored in security file containers/cabinets, safes, vaults and in locked cabinets or rooms. Records are protected by security alarm systems.

RETENTION AND DISPOSAL:

At AFOSI field units, counterintelligence (CI) and counterespionage operations reports are retained for one year after AFOSI is notified of command actions; collection reports are destroyed after one year. At HQ AFOSI, files pertaining to CI or counterespionage investigations are retained permanently. Files pertaining to defectors or refugees are retained for 25 years. Files pertaining to CI briefings are retained for 15 years. Record paper copies of CI collection reports are placed on microfilm aperture cards and the paper copy destroyed when aperture cards are determined adequate substitute. Microfilm aperture cards are destroyed after six years, or 25 years if they pertain to counterintelligence activities. CI investigations conducted for other agencies are retained for one year. Destruction is by pulping, macerating, or burning.

SYSTEM MANAGER(S) AND ADDRESS:

Director, Plans, Programs and Resources (XP), HQ Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Bolling Air Force Base, DC 20332.

NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE:

Individuals seeking to determine whether information about themselves is contained in this system should address written inquiries to or visit the Chief, Information Release Division (XPU), HQ Air Force Office of Special Investigation, Bolling Air Force Base, DC 20332.

RECORD ACCESS PROCEDURES:

Individuals seeking access to information about themselves contained in this system should address written inquiries to or visit the Chief, Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts Release Branch (DADF), HQ Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Bolling Air Force Base, DC 20332.

CONTESTING RECORD PROCEDURES:

The Air Force rules for accessing records, and for contesting contents and appealing initial agency determinations are published in Air Force Instruction 37-132; 32 CFR part 806b; or may be obtained from the system manager.

RECORD SOURCE CATEGORIES:

See Exemption.

EXEMPTIONS CLAIMED FOR THE SYSTEM:

Parts of this system may be exempt under 5 U.S.C. 552a(j)(2), as applicable.

An exemption rule for this record system has been promulgated in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(1), (2) and (3) and (e) and published in 32 CFR part 806b. For additional information, contact the system manager.

FEDERAL REGISTER HISTORY: