Office of the Chief Information Officer

United States Department of Agriculture

System of Records

A System of Records is a group of any records under the control of an agency from which information is retrieved by the name of the individual or by some identifying number, symbol or other identifying particular assigned to the individual.

A System of Records Notice informs the public of the existence of a system of records and describes the type of information that an agency will be collecting, who will be collecting the information, how it will be safeguarded, the purpose for collecting such information, etc. It is an advanced notice to the public that must be given before an agency begins to collect, is given access to or can retrieve personal information for a new system of records and must be published in the Federal Register.

The following system of record notices have been published in the Federal Register by USDA agencies.