System of Record Notices (SORNs)


NOTE: Information relating to, but not in and of itself constituting, terrorism, homeland security, or law enforcement information, as defined below, may only be disclosed upon a showing by the requester that the information is pertinent to the conduct of investigations of, or the development of analyses regarding, terrorism.

The following reflects model language for routine uses.  Note these are not “blanket” routine uses, nor should all of the model language included in this section be summarily copied into every SORN.  Rather, model language is provided that should be used once it is determined a particular routine use is both related to and compatible with a particular system of records and appropriate for inclusion in the corresponding SORN.  In some instances, consult the Component Office of General Counsel or Judge Advocate General when considering establishing or making a disclosure from a record pursuant to any of these routine uses.  Each new or modified routine use must include an explanation of how it satisfies the compatibility requirement of the Privacy Act.  Any new or significantly modified routine uses require a minimum of 30 days after publication in the Federal Register before it is effective.  Once the 30 day criterion has been met, the routine use serves the basis for disclosure of any record in the system.

  • To contractors, grantees, experts, consultants, students, and others performing or working on a contract, service, grant, or   agreement, or other assignment for the Federal Government when necessary to accomplish an agency function related to this system of records.
  • To designated officers and employees of Federal, State, local, territorial or tribal, international, or foreign agencies maintaining civil, criminal, enforcement, or other pertinent information, such as current licenses, if necessary to obtain information relevant and necessary to a DoD Component decision concerning the hiring or retention of an employee, the issuance of a security clearance, the letting of a contract, or the issuance of a license, grant, or other benefit.
  • To designated officers and employees of Federal, State, local, territorial, tribal, international, or foreign agencies in connection with the hiring or retention of an employee, the conduct of a suitability or security investigation, the letting of a contract, or the issuance of a license, grant or other benefit by the requesting agency, to the extent that the information is relevant and necessary to the requesting agency’s decision on the matter and the Department deems appropriate.
  • To contractors whose employees require suitability determinations, security clearances, and/or access to classified national security information, for the purpose of ensuring that the employer is appropriately informed about information that relates to and/or may impact a particular employee or employee applicant’s suitability or eligibility to be granted a security clearance and/or access to classified national security information.
  • To a former DoD employee for the purpose of responding to an official inquiry by a Federal, State, local, territorial or tribal entity or professional licensing authority, in accordance with applicable DoD regulations; or for the purpose of facilitating communications with a former employee that may be necessary for personnel-related or other official purposes where the DoD requires information and/or consultation assistance from the former employee regarding a matter within that person's former area of responsibility.
  • To foreign or international law enforcement, security, or investigatory authorities to comply with requirements imposed by, or to claim rights conferred in, international agreements and arrangements, including those regulating the stationing and status in foreign countries of DoD military and civilian personnel.
  • To unions recognized as exclusive bargaining representatives under the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, 5 U.S.C. §§ 7111 and 7114, the Merit Systems Protection Board, arbitrators, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, and other parties responsible for the administration of the Federal labor-management program for the purpose of processing any corrective actions, or grievances, or conducting administrative hearings or appeals.
  • To the Merit Systems Protection Board and the Office of the Special Counsel for the purpose of litigation, including administrative proceedings, appeals, special studies of the civil service and other merit systems; review of Office of Personnel Management (OPM) or component rules and regulations; investigation of alleged or possible prohibited personnel practices, including administrative proceedings involving any individual subject of a DoD investigation.
  • To the OPM for the purpose of addressing civilian pay and leave, benefits, retirement deduction, and any other information necessary for the OPM to carry out its legally authorized government-wide personnel management functions and studies.
  • To State and local taxing authorities with which the Secretary of the Treasury has entered into agreements under 5 U.S.C. §§ 5516, 5517, or 5520 and only to those state and local taxing authorities for which an employee or military member is or was subject to tax, regardless of whether tax is or was withheld.  The information to be disclosed is information normally contained in Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form W-2.
  • To appropriate Federal, State, local, territorial, tribal, foreign, or international agencies for the purpose of counterintelligence activities authorized by U.S. law or Executive Order, or for the purpose of executing or enforcing laws designed to protect the national security or homeland security of the United States, including those relating to the sharing of records or information concerning terrorism, homeland security, or law enforcement.
  • To any person, organization or governmental entity (e.g., local governments, first responders, American Red Cross, etc.), in order to notify them of or respond to a serious and imminent terrorist or homeland security threat or natural or manmade disaster as is necessary and relevant for the purpose of guarding against or responding to such threat or disaster.
  • To complainants and/or victims to the extent necessary to provide such persons with information and explanations concerning the progress and/or results of an investigation or case arising from the matters of which they complained and/or of which they were a victim.
  • To such recipients and under such circumstances and procedures as are mandated by Federal statute or treaty.
  • To the news media and the public unless it is determined that release of the specific information in the context of a particular case would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.



List in full the following routine uses that generally should be standard for every SORN and included in the same order for consistency.  The Standard Routine Uses identified below have been determined by the SAOP to be necessary and proper:

  • To the appropriate Federal, State, local, territorial, tribal, foreign, or international law enforcement authority or other appropriate entity where a record, either alone or in conjunction with other information, indicates a violation or potential violation of law, whether criminal, civil, or regulatory in nature.

  • To any component of the Department of Justice for the purpose of representing the DoD, or its components, officers, employees, or members in pending or potential litigation to which the record is pertinent.

  • In an appropriate proceeding before a court, grand jury, or administrative or adjudicative body or official, when the DoD or other Agency representing the DoD determines that the records are relevant and necessary to the proceeding; or in an appropriate proceeding before an administrative or adjudicative body when the adjudicator determines the records to be relevant to the proceeding.

  • To the National Archives and Records Administration for the purpose of records management inspections conducted under the authority of 44 U.S.C. §§ 2904 and 2906.

  • To a Member of Congress or staff acting upon the Member’s behalf when the Member or staff requests the information on behalf of, and at the request of, the individual who is the subject of the record.

  • To appropriate agencies, entities, and persons when (1) the DoD suspects or has confirmed that there has been a breach of the system of records; (2) the DoD has determined that as a result of the suspected or confirmed breach there is a risk of harm to individuals, the DoD (including its information systems, programs, and operations), the Federal Government, or national security; and (3) the disclosure made to such agencies, entities, and persons is reasonably necessary to assist in connection with the DoD’s efforts to respond to the suspected or confirmed breach or to prevent, minimize, or remedy such harm.

  • To another Federal agency or Federal entity, when the DoD determines that information from this system of records is reasonably necessary to assist the recipient agency or entity in (1) responding to a suspected or confirmed breach or (2) preventing, minimizing, or remedying the risk of harm to individuals, the recipient agency or entity (including its information systems, programs and operations), the Federal Government, or national security, resulting from a suspected or confirmed breach.