Privacy Impact Assessment
Department of Homeland Security, Watchlist ServicePage 3
potential match to the TSDB, a report of that encounter is sent back to the TSDB via system-generatedmessage or manually, by secure phone or secure fax. The major common services of the DHS WLSEncounters Data Broker will include the design, development and implementation of bilateral, standardizedinformation transmission from each DHS system to the TSC of the results from an encounter of a personlisted in the TSDB. Once implemented, the WLS will maintain and retain information on encounters.In its later stages of implementation, the WLS will include the design, development, andimplementation of DHS Data Store with Query, which will provide a persistent data store of the TSDBwithin a DHS server. This phase will allow authorized users to perform queries (individual or bulk) againstthe persistent data store of the TSDB.
To support the WLS effort, DHS is employing a stewardship model with the DHS ScreeningCoordination Office (SCO) serving as the WLS business steward and CBP serving as the technical steward.As business steward, the SCO is responsible for managing the screening mission and DHS componentsystem data requirements/agreements. As the technical steward, CBP is responsible for implementing astreamlined, automated watchlist feed to the DHS components authorized to receive watchlist data.Additionally, the DHS Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) will assist with initial requirementsand project management.
DHS Users of WLS
All respective PIAs and System of Records Notices (SORNs) document the authorized set of dataelements provided to each component screening programs (see Appendix A) that use the TSDB. There arefour anticipated DHS component systems slated for the receipt of the bulk data updates from the TSDBthrough the DHS WLS Data Broker service. The DHS component systems that will receive data updatesfrom the TSC through the DHS WLS Data Broker are managed by the following program offices: (1) theTransportation Security Administration (TSA)Office of Transportation Threat Assessment and Credentialingat TSA; (2) TSA Secure Flight Program; (3) the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) PassengerSystems Program Office for inclusion in TECS; and (4) the U.S. Visitor and Immigration Status IndicatorTechnology (US-VISIT) program for inclusion into the DHS Automated Biometric Identification System(IDENT). If DHS systems are added to receive TSC data, DHS will notify TSC and this PIA andaccompanying SORN will be updated accordingly.TSDB data within the WLS is a near real-time, synchronized
mirror of TSC‟s TSDB. As TSC makes
changes to the TSDB, the WLS will echo those changes. When the TSC adds, modifies, or deletes data fromthe TSDB, the WLS version of TSDB will be automatically synchronized. DHS will not make any changes tothe watchlist data in the WLS; these changes will be made automatically when TSC sends updated data.Initially, the data sent and maintained in the WLS and then transferred to the DHS component systemsthrough the WLS will be covered by the SORN for each of those programs: (1) TSA Office of Transportation Threat Assessment and Credentialing, Transportation Security Threat Assessment SystemDHS/TSA 002, May 19, 2010, 70 FR 28046; (2) TSA Secure Flight Program, Secure Flight RecordsDHS/TSA 019, November 9, 2007, 72 FR 63711; (3) CBP Passenger Systems Program Office for inclusionin TECS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection TECS DHS/CBP-011 December 19, 2008 73 FR 77778; and(4) US-VISIT program for inclusion into the DHS IDENT DHS/USVISIT-0012, June 5, 2007, 72 FR 31080.In order to provide additional transparency, DHS will also publish
a SORN covering DHS‟s maintenance of
the mirror copy of the TSDB for the WLS for publication in the
. This PIA and any applicable