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private person, would be liable, in accordance with the law of the place where the act or omission occurred.

(b) Procedure for filing claims. Claims must be presented by the claimant, or by his or her duly authorized agent or legal representative as specified in 28 CFR 14.3. Standard Form 95, Claim for Damage or Injury, may be obtained from the agency within USDA that employs the employee who allegedly committed the negligent or wrongful act or omission. The completed claim form, together with appropriate evidence and information, as specified in 28 CFR 14.4, shall be filed with the agency from which it was obtained.

(c) Determination of claims (1) Delegation of authority to determine claims. The General Counsel, and such employees of the Office of the General Counsel as may be designated by the General Counsel, are hereby authorized to consider, ascertain, adjust, determine, compromise, and settle claims pursuant to the FTCA, as amended, and the regulations contained in 28 CFR part 14 and in this section.

(2) Disallowance of claims. If a claim is denied, the General Counsel, or his or here designee, shall notify the claimant, or his or her duly authorized agent or legal representative.

(6) Cooperation with television film pro ducers. The Department recognizes that its people and programs constitute a rich source of materials on public services, often dramatic and interesting for their human values, which are suitable for production of films for television showings. The Department welcomes the interest of television film producers in its activities and maintains an “open door" policy with respect to the availability of factual information to such producers, as it does to representa atives of other media. As its resources will permit, the Department will work with producers at their request, to as sure technical accuracy of scripts and story treatments.

(c) Special working relationships. In those instances where a producer of films for television seeks special Department participation such as the use of official insignia of the Department, or who request special assistance such as the services of technical advisors, use of Government equipment and similar aids which require a material expenditure of public funds, and where the proposed film will further the pub lic service of the Department, the De partment will consider entering into a special working relationship with such producer.

(d) News film reporting erempted. Television and news film reporting of De partment activities is not covered by this subpart.

(61 FR 57577, Nov. 7, 1996)

Subpat E-Cooperative Production of Television Films

SOURCE: 2 FR 2904, Apr. 25, 1957, unless otherwise noted.

$1.71 Parpose.

This subpart establishes procedures for developing special working relationships with the Department of Agriculture requested by producers of films for television use. These procedures are designed to guide Department employees and producers of commercial television pictures in entering into such arrangements.

$1.73 Responsibility.

The Director of Information or his designee will be the authority for the approval of special working relationships on the part of the Department of Agriculture and its agencies. The Director or his designee shall not commit the Department to such special arrangements without proper concorrence and coordination with interested agencies and approval by the appro priate Assistant Secretary or Group Director.

$1.72 Policy.

(a) General. It is a basic policy of the Department of Agriculture to make information freely available to the public.

$ 1.74 Basis for special working rela

tionships. The Department and its agencies may lend special assistance on television films when it is clearly evident that public interests are served. Where

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partment before film production is begun.

special assistance is sought, an individual cooperative agreement will be drawn up between the Department with the Director of Information as its agent, and the producer. Details on such assistance as reviewing stories and scripts, loan of material, arrangements for locations, use of official motion picture footage, assignment of technical advisors and similar aids will be covered in the agreement, which shall delineate the general stipulations listed in $1.75.

$ 1.76 Department cooperation.

When the producer agrees to meet the above stipulations to the satisfaction of the Director of Information, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its agencies will be available for consultation on story ideas and give guidance through the services of a technical advisor to insure technical authenticity. Equipment, locations, and personnel will be available to the extent that such availability is concurrent with normal and usual conduct of the operations of the Department. The Department will check and work with the cooperators to arrange shooting schedules in order to avoid interferences with working schedules.

$ 1.75 General stipulations.

In requesting special working arrangements the producer must agree to the following stipulations:

(a) The producer must show that he has legal authority to the literary property concerned.

(b) The producer must show access to a distribution channel recognized by the motion picture or television industry. In lieu of complete distribution plans for a television series, a producer must produce satisfactory evidence of financial responsibility (showing financial resources adequate for the defrayment of costs for the proposed undertaking).

(c) The commercial advertising of any show produced, using oral or written rights granted to the producer, shall not indicate any endorsement, either direct or implied, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or its agencies, of the sponsor's product.

(d) Commercial sponsorship shall be only by a person, firm, or corporation acceptable under the terms of the 1954 Television Code of the National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters, and all subsequent amendments thereto. Political sponsorship shall not be permitted.

(e) That no production costs shall be chargeable to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

(f) That such cooperation will not interfere with the conduct of Department programs.

(g) All damages, losses and personal liability incurred by producer will be his responsibility.

(h) That mutual understanding and agreement will be reached upon story, script and film treatment with the De

8 1.77 Assignment of priorities.

(a) Authority. (1) The Director of Information or his designee will make assignment of priorities for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a television film company's and/or individual producer's story treatment of the subject matter, but no such priority shall limit use of the subject matter itself.

(2) A priority will be given in writing upon acceptance in writing by the producer of the stipulations in $1.75(b). The U.S. Department of Agriculture will hold the producer's treatment of the story material in confidence until the producer has made a public release pertaining to the subject.

(b) Time and scope. A priority will be given on the producer's story treatment for an agreed upon period of time. Requests for cooperation with similar or conflicting ideas and backgrounds will be considered only after holder of the first priority has used the agreed upon time to develop the materials.

(1) Details on priorities will be written into the agreements.

(2) The Director of Information will retain the right to cancel priorities when the producer at any stage violates the provisions of the regulations or of a particular agreement, or when public interest is no longer served.

(3) No priority will be canceled until the producer has had an opportunity to appear before the Secretary of Agriculture or his designee.

of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a). This subpart sets forth the basic responsibilities of each agency of USDA with regard to USDA's compliance with the requirements of the Privacy Act, and offers guidance to members of the public who wish to exercise any of the rights established by the Privacy Act with regard to records maintained by an agency of USDA.

(40 FR 39519, Aug. 28, 1975, as amended at 62 FR 33981, June 24, 1997]

8 1.111 Definitions.

g 1.78 Development of special working

relationships. (a) Preliminary. Prior to the submittal of a script or the rendering of an agreement, assistance may be given by the Department or one of its agencies in outlining story plans, visits to field points, and other incidentals that will assist the producer in determining his course of action.

(b) Request for special working arrangements. Once the decision is made to go ahead with an agreement, either the interested agency or the producer will make a written submission to the Director of Information, requesting that special working arrangements be established.

(1) In submitting scripts prior or subsequent to executing a written agreement under a special working relationship four (4) copies of the completed script shall be submitted to the Director of Information or his designee, along with a statement of specific requirements and the anticipated production schedule.

(2) No script will be used under a special working relationship without the specific approval of the Director of Information.

(3) Upon approval of the script, the agency of the Department concerned with subject matter will endeavor to arrange for the desired assistance with the stipulations of this policy.

For purposes of this subpart the terms individual, maintain, record, system of records, statistical record, and routine use shall have the meanings set forth in 5 U.S.C. 552a(a). The term agency shall mean an agency of USDA, unless otherwise indicated.

$ 1.79 Credits.

On films on which the Department or one of its agencies provides special assistance it shall be mutually agreed by the producer and the Director of Information what credits shall be given to the Department, and the form these credits will take.

8 1.112 Procedures for requests per

taining to individual records in a

record system. (a) Any individual who wishes to be notified if a system of records maintained by an agency contains any record pertaining to him or her, or to request access to such records, shall submit a written request in accordance with the instructions set forth in the system notice for that system of records. This request shall include:

(1) The name of the individual making the request;

(2) The name of the system of records (as set forth in the system notice to which the request relates);

(3) Any other information specified in the system notice; and

(4) When the request is one for access, a statement as to whether the requester desires to make a personal inspection of the records, or be supplied with copies by mail.

(b) Any individual whose request under paragraph (a) of this section is denied may appeal that denial to the head of the agency which maintains the system of records to which the request relates.

(c) In the event that an appeal under paragraph (b) of this section is denied, the requester may bring a civil action in federal district court to seek review of the denial.

Subpart G-Privacy Act

Regulations

AUTHORITY: 5 U.S.C. 301 and 552a; 31 U.S.C. 9701.

SOURCE: 40 FR 39519, Aug. 28, 1975, unless otherwise noted.

8 1.110 Purpose and scope.

This subpart contains the regulations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) implementing the Privacy Act

[40 FR 39519, Aug. 28, 1975, as amended at 62 FR 33981, June 24, 1997)

cy to which the request is directed may require the requester to submit a signed, notarized statement indicating that the requester is the individual to whom the records pertain and stipulating the requester understands that knowingly or willfully seeking or obtaining access to records about another individual under false pretenses is a misdemeanor punishable by fine up to $5,000. No identification shall be required, however, if the records are required by 5 U.S.C. 552 to be released. If the agency to which this request is directed determines to grant the requested access, it may charge fees in accordance with $ 1.120 before making the necessary copies.

[40 FR 39519, Aug. 28, 1975, as amended at 62 FR 33981, June 24, 1997)

§ 1.113 Times, places, and require

ments for identification of individ

uals making requests. (a) If an individual submitting a request for access under $1.112 has asked that an agency authorize a personal inspection of records pertaining to him or her, and the agency has granted that request, the requester shall present himself or herself at the time and place specified in the agency's response or arrange another, mutually convenient, time with the appropriate agency official.

(b) Prior to inspection of the records, the requester shall present sufficient identification (e.g., driver's license, employee identification card, social security card, credit cards) to establish that the requester is the individual to whom the records pertain. If the requester is unable to provide such identification, the requester shall complete and sign in the presence of an agency official a signed statement asserting the requester's identity and stipulating that the requester understands that knowingly or willfully seeking or obtaining access to records about another individual under false pretenses is a misdemeanor punishable by fine up to $5,000. No identification shall be required, however, if the records are required by 5 U.S.C. 552 to be released.

(c) Any individual who has requested access to records about himself or herself by personal inspection, and who wishes to have another person or persons accompany the requester during this inspection, shall submit a written statement authorizing disclosure of the record in the presence of such other person or persons.

(d) Any individual having made a personal inspection of records pertaining to the requester may request the agency to provide the requester copies of those records or any portion of those records. Each agency shall grant such requests but may charge fees in accordance with $ 1.120.

(e) If an individual submitting a request for access under $1.112 wishes to be supplied with copies of the records by mail, the requester shall include with his or her request sufficient data for the agency to verify the requester's identity. If the sensitivity of the records warrant it, however, the agen

$ 1.114 Disclosure of requested infor.

mation to individuals. (a) Any agency which receives a request or appeal under $1.112 should acknowledge the request or appeal within 10 days of its receipt (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal public holidays). Wherever practicable, the acknowledgment should indicate whether or not access will be granted and, if so, when and where. When access is to be granted, the agency should provide the access within 30 days of receipt of the request or appeal (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal public holidays) unless, for good cause shown, it is unable to do so. If the agency is unable to meet this deadline, it shall inform the requester of this fact, the reasons for its inability to do so, and an estimate of the date on which access will be granted.

(b) Nothing in 5 U.S.C. 552a or this subpart shall be interpreted to require that an individual making a request under $1.112 be granted access to the physical record itself. The form in which a record is kept (e.g., on magnetic tape), or the content of the record (e.g., a record indexed under the name of the requester may contain records which are not about the requester) may require that the record be edited or translated in some manner. Neither of these procedures may be utilized, however, to withhold information in a record about the requester.

(c) No agency shall deny any request under $1.112 for information concerning the existence of records about the requester in any system of records it maintains, or deny any request for access to records about the requester in any system of records it maintains, unless that system is exempted from the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 552a(d) in $ 1.123.

(d) If any agency receives a request pursuant to $1.112(a) for access to records in a system of records it maintains which is so exempted, the system manager shall determine if the exemption is to be asserted. If the system manager determines to deny the request, the system manager shall inform the requester of that determination, the reason for the determination, and the title and address of the agency head to whom the denial can be appealed.

(e) If the head of an agency determines that an appeal pursuant to $1.112(b) is to be denied, the head of the agency shall inform the requester of that determination, the reason for the determination, and the requester's right under 5 U.S.C. 552a(g) to seek judicial review of the denial in Federal district court.

(f) Nothing in 5 U.S.C. 552a or this subpart shall allow an individual access to any information compiled in reasonable anticipation of a civil action or proceeding.

tained by an agency shall submit that request in writing in accordance with the instructions set forth in the system notice for that system of records. This request shall include:

(1) The name of the individual making the request;

(2) The name of the system of records (as set forth in the system notice to which the request relates);

(3) A description of the nature (e.g., modification, addition or deletion) and substance of the correction or amendment requested; and

(4) Any other information specified in the system notice.

(b) Any individual submitting a request pursuant to paragraph (a) of this section shall include sufficient information in support of that request to allow the agency to which it is addressed to apply the standards set forth in 5 U.S.C. 552a(e) (1) and (5).

(c) Any individual whose request under paragraph (a) of this section is denied may appeal that denial to the head of the agency which maintains the system of records to which the request relates.

(d) In the event that an appeal under paragraph (c) of this section is denied, the requester may bring a civil action in federal district court to seek review of the denial.

(40 FR 39519, Aug. 28, 1975, as amended at 62 FR 33981, June 24, 1997]

[40 FR 39519, Aug. 28, 1975, as amended at 62 FR 33981, June 24, 1997)

§ 1.115 Special procedures: medical

records. In the event an agency receives a request pursuant to $1.112 for access to medical records (including psychological records) whose disclosure it determines would be harmful to the individual to whom they relate, it may refuse to disclose the records directly to the requester but shall transmit them to a doctor designated by that individual.

$ 1.117 Agency review of request for

correction or amendment of record. (a) Any agency which receives a request for amendment or correction under $1.116 shall acknowledge that request within 10 days of its receipt (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal public holidays). The agency shall also promptly, either:

(1) Make any correction, deletion or addition with regard to any portion of a record which the requester believes is not accurate, relevant, timely or complete; or

(2) Inform the requester of its refusal to amend the record in accordance with the request; the reason for the refusal; the procedures whereby the requester can appeal the refusal to the head of the agency; and the title and business address of that official. If the agency

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