Privacy Impact Assessment Update for the Secure Information Management Service (SIMS) Pilot With Inter-Country Adoptions   [open pdf - 236KB]

This DHS privacy impact assessment addresses the Secure Information Management Service (SIMS). "United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is publishing this update to the Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for the Secure Information Management Service (SIMS). This update describes the electronic sharing of case management data with the Department of State (DoS) necessary to expedite and improve the processing of inter-country adoption cases. Specifically, the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) will be shared electronically with the DoS to maintain statistics related to inter-country adoption cases. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) implements United States (U.S.) immigration law and policy through the processing and adjudication of applications and petitions submitted for citizenship, asylum, and other immigration benefits. USCIS also supports the nation's security by preventing individuals from fraudulently obtaining immigration benefits and by denying applications from individuals who pose national security or public safety threats to the U.S. USCIS is embarking on an enterprise-wide 'Transformation Program' that will transition the agency from a fragmented, form-centric, and paper-based operational environment to a centralized, person-centric, consolidated environment utilizing electronic adjudication. A person-centric environment is USCIS's proposed method for doing business with customers, because it will enable the agency to focus more on the individual rather than the type of form they submit. The new operational environment will employ the types of online customer accounts used in the private sector. This person-centric model will link information related to an individual in a single account in order to facilitate customer friendly transactions, track activities, and reduce identity fraud."

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