Employee Building Pass Files, SSA/DCFAM/OFM


System number: 60-0038

System name:   

        Employee Building Pass Files, SSA/DCFAM/OFM

Security classification:  


System location: 

          Various Social Security Administration (SSA) facilities under control of SSA, Office of Finance, Assessment and Management, Office of Facilities Management, Office of Protective Security Services, 1-M-25 Operations Building, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21235-6401.

Categories of individuals covered by the system: 

          All SSA employees and non‑employees who require continuous access to SSA buildings; (e.g. employees of vendors and contractors).

Categories of records in the system: 

          Name, Social Security number (SSN), office location, office telephone number, color code for type of pass, agency or firm name, individual’s signature and photograph, facility access code information and badge number.

Authority for maintenance of the system: 

          40 U.S.C. § 486(c).


          SSA building passes are used and required for admission to SSA buildings.  The file of application forms verifies issuance of a building pass to an employee and verifies prior issuance in the event of loss or theft of the card.

Routine uses of information maintained in the system, including categories of users and the purposes of such uses: 

          Disclosure may be made for routine uses as indicated below.  However, disclosure of any information constituting “returns or return information” within the scope of the Internal Revenue Code will not be disclosed unless disclosure is authorized by that statute.

        1. To a congressional office in response to an inquiry from that office made at the request of the subject of a record.

        2. To the Department of Justice (DOJ), a court or other tribunal, or another party before such tribunal when:

                (a)     SSA, or any component thereof; or

                (b)     any SSA employee in his/her official capacity;or

                (c)     any SSA employee in his/her individual capacity where DOJ (or SSA where it is authorized to do so) has agreed to represent the employee; or

                (d)     the United States or any agency thereof where SSA determines that the litigation is likely to affect the operations of SSA or any of its components, is a party to litigation or has an interest in such litigation, and SSA determines that the use of such records by DOJ, the court or other tribunal is relevant and necessary to the litigation, provided, however, that in each case, SSA determines that such disclosure is compatible with the purpose for which the records were collected.

Wage and other information which are subject to the disclosure provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) (26 U.S.C. § 6103) will not be disclosed under this routine use unless disclosure is expressly permitted by the IRC.

        3. To Internal Revenue Service (IRS), as necessary, for the purpose of auditing SSA's compliance with safeguard provisions of the IRC of 1986, as amended.

        4. Information may be disclosed to contractors and other Federal agencies, as necessary, for the purpose of assisting SSA in the efficient administration of its programs.  We contemplate disclosing information under this routine use only in situations in which SSA may enter into a contractual or similar agreement with a third party to assist in accomplishing an agency function relating to this system of records.

        5. Non-tax return information which is not restricted from disclosure by Federal law may be disclosed to the General Services Administration (GSA) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for the purpose of conducting records management studies with respect to their duties and responsibilities under 44 U.S.C. § 2904 and § 2906, as amended by NARA Act of 1984.

        6. To student volunteers and other workers, who technically do not have the status of Federal employees, when they are performing work for SSA as authorized by law, and they need access to personally identifiable information in SSA records in order to perform their assigned Agency functions. 

        7. We may disclose information to appropriate Federal, State, and local agencies, entities, and persons when (1) we suspect or confirm that the security or confidentiality of information in this system of records has been compromised; (2) we determine that as a result of the suspected or confirmed compromise there is a risk of harm to economic or property interests, identity theft or fraud, or harm to the security or integrity of this system or other systems or programs of SSA that rely upon the compromised information; and (3) we determine that disclosing the information to such agencies, entities, and persons is necessary to assist in our efforts to respond to the suspected or confirmed compromise and prevent, minimize, or remedy such harm. SSA will use this routine use to respond only to those incidents involving an unintentional release of its records.

Policies and practices for storing, retrieving, accessing, retaining and disposing of records in the system: 


          Information is maintained on paper forms, electronic database, back-up floppy discs and tapes.


          Records are indexed and retrieved alphabetically by name or SSN. 


          The records are stored in locked files.  Access to the records is limited to those employees who have a need for them in the performance of their official duties.  (See Appendix G for additional information relating to safeguards SSA employs to protect personal records.)

Retention and disposal: 

          The information provided on forms is retained for the length of service of the individual and then destroyed by shredding; picture passes, once surrendered, also are destroyed by shredding.

System manager(s) and address: 

        Social Security Administration 
          Director, Office of Protective Services 
          Office of Facilities Management 
          Office of Finance, Assessment and Management 
          1-M-25 Operations Building 
          Baltimore, Maryland 21235-6401

Notification procedure: 

          An individual can determine if this system contains a record pertaining to him/her by contacting the system manager at the address above.

        An individual can determine if this system contains a record about him/her by writing to the systems manager(s) at the above address and providing his/her name, SSN or other information that may be in the system of records that will identify him/her.  An individual requesting notification of records in person should provide the same information, as well as provide an identity document, preferably with a photograph, such as a driver’s license or some other means of identification, such as a voter registration card, credit card, etc.  If an individual does not have any identification documents sufficient to establish his/her identity, the individual must certify in writing that he/she is the person claimed to be and that he/she understands that the knowing and willful request for, or acquisition of, a record pertaining to another individual under false pretenses is a criminal offense.

        If notification is requested by telephone, an individual must verify his/her identity by providing identifying information that parallels the record to which notification is being requested.  If it is determined that the identifying information provided by telephone is insufficient, the individual will be required to submit a request in writing or in person.  If an individual is requesting information by telephone on behalf of another individual, the subject individual must be connected with SSA and the requesting individual in the same phone call.  SSA will establish the subject individual’s identity (his/her name, SSN, address, date of birth and place of birth along with one other piece of  information such as mother’s maiden name) and ask for  his/her consent in providing information to the requesting individual.

        If a request for notification is submitted by mail, an individual must include a notarized statement to SSA to verify his/her identity or must certify in the request that he/she is the person claimed to be and that he/she understands that the knowing and willful request for, or acquisition of, a record pertaining to another individual under false pretenses is a criminal offense. These procedures are in accordance with SSA Regulations (20 CFR § 401.40).

Record access procedures: 

          Same as notification procedures. Requesters should also reasonably specify the record contents being sought.  These procedures are in accordance with SSA Regulations (20 CFR 401.40(c)). 

Contesting record procedures: 

          Same as notification procedures.  Requesters should also reasonably identify the record, specify the information they are contesting and state the corrective action sought and the reasons for the correction with supporting justification showing how the record is incomplete, untimely, inaccurate or irrelevant.  These procedures are in accordance with SSA Regulations (20 CFR 401.65(a)).

Record source categories: 

          Information in these files is received from individual employees, contractors and vendors.

Systems exempted from certain provisions of the Privacy Act: