H. R. 3076
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 27, 2017
Mr. Graves of Louisiana (for himself and Mr. Kennedy) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
To amend section 552a of title 5, United States Code (commonly referred to as the Privacy Act) to require agencies to accept electronic release forms, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Creating Advanced Streamlined Electronic Services (CASES) for Constituents Act of 2017.
Requirement to accept electronic release forms under the Privacy Act
Section 552a of title 5, United States Code (commonly referred to as the Privacy Act) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:
Requirement to accept electronic release forms
Each agency shall establish a system that allows an individual, or another entity acting on behalf of that individual who has been authorized to act on behalf of the individual, to electronically submit a release form, signed by the individual, that grants another entity access to the record of the individual or any other information pertaining to the individual that is contained in the system.
Form of submission
The release form described in paragraph (1) may be submitted directly to the agency through an electronic form (without requiring the upload of any document), including any necessary authentication process, if the release form—
is submitted by an individual; or
if submitted by another entity acting on behalf of an individual, includes a certification that the other entity has been authorized to act on behalf of the individual in the manner described in paragraph (1).
Not later than 180 days, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall establish a uniform release form to be used across agencies for the electronic submission described under subsection (x) of section 552a of title 5, United States Code, as added by subsection (a).
The amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.