The Privacy Act requires an agency to publish a notice in the Federal Register describing each system of records – these are known as SORNs. Each SORN describes what, why, and how an agency collects, maintains, uses and disseminates records in its systems. The public can review and comment on SORNs as part of an agency’s review and approval process. Click here for the most recent USTR Federal Register notice.

The Privacy Act prohibits the disclosure of a record about an individual from a system of records absent the written consent of the individual, unless the disclosure is pursuant to one of twelve statutory exceptions. The Act also provides individuals with a means by which to seek access to and amendment of their records, and sets forth various agency record-keeping requirements.

The current USTR SORNs are:

USTR-1 Dispute Settlement Panelists Roster.

USTR-2 Trade Advisory Committee Members and Applicants.

USTR-3 Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Records.