Privacy Program Resources

Notice of accessions subject to the Privacy Act

The Privacy Act applies to records in executive branch agencies that are retrieved by personal indenitifer. When records are transferred from another agency to NARA, the records become part of the holdings of the National Archives of the United States and most of the Privacy Act's provisions cease to apply to the records, in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552a (l)(1)(3).

Records in the National Archives of the United States may not be amended, and NARA will not consider any requests for amendment. NARA does not maintain other agency's Privacy Act records as separate systems of records. Access to the records is governed by the same process as other records in the National Archives. However, the Privacy Act still requires a notice when executive branch systems of records retrievable by personal identifiers are transferred to NARA.

Archival records maintained by NARA are arranged by Record Group corresponding to the agency of origin. Within each Record Group, the records are arranged by series, thereunder generally by filing unit, and thereunder by document or groups of documents. The arrangement at the series level or below is generally the one used by the originating agency. Usually, a system of records corresponds to a series. 

Follow the links below for lists of accessions subject to the Privacy Act. 

  • 2013-2016  accessions subject to the Privacy Act
  • 2002-2012  accessions subject to the Privacy Act
  • 1998 - 2001 accessions subject to the Privacy Act are available at 66 FR 9365
  • 1996 - 1997 accessions subject to the Privacy Act are available at 61 FR 36573
  • Consult the Federal Register for older accessions
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