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Participant Privacy Act Notice (Appeals)

The Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, 5 U.S.C. § 552a, requires PBGC to give you this notice when collecting information from you. PBGC uses the information to resolve administrative appeals of matters specified in 29 C.F.R. § 4003(b)(5) - (10). Your Social Security Number is used by PBGC to identify your records within PBGC, to report income for tax purposes, and to respond to lawful requests for information about you from other individuals and entities. Your response is voluntary. However, failure to provide information to PBGC, including your Social Security Number, may delay or prevent PBGC from calculating and paying your pension benefits.

The PBGC may release information about you to other individuals and entities when necessary and appropriate under the Privacy Act, including: to a third party who may be aggrieved by a decision of the Appeals Board such as an alternate payee under a qualified domestic relations order; to a third party to make benefit payments to you; or to a labor organization that represents you.

PBGC may also release information about you to appropriate law enforcement agencies when PBGC becomes aware of a possible violation of a civil or criminal law. If PBGC, an employee of PBGC, the United States, or another agency of the United States is involved in litigation, PBGC may provide relevant information about you to a court or other adjudicative body or to the Department of Justice when it represents PBGC. PBGC may also provide information about you to the Office of Management and Budget in connection with review of private relief legislation or to a Congressional office in response to an inquiry that office makes about you at your request.

PBGC publishes notices in the Federal Register that describe in more detail when information about you may be made available to others. A copy of the most recent Federal Register notice may be obtained from PBGC's Customer Contact Center by calling toll-free 1-800-400-7242. For TTY/TTD users, call the federal relay service toll-free at 1-800-877-8339 and ask to be connected to 1-800-400-7242. PBGC's authority to collect information from you, including your Social Security Number, is derived from 29 U.S.C. §§ 1055, 1056(d)(3), 1302, 1321, 1322, 1322a, 1341, and 1350 (1994). If you have any other privacy-related questions or concerns, you may contact PBGC's Disclosure Officer at 1-800-400-7242 extension 4040.