The Privacy Act of 1974, 5 USC 552a, provides protection to individuals by ensuring that personal information collected by Federal agencies is limited to that which is legally authorized and necessary and is maintained in a manner which precludes unwarranted intrusions upon individual privacy.
Authority: The Homeland Security Act of 2002 [Public Law 107-296, §302(4)] authorizes the Science and Technology Directorate to conduct "basic and applied research, development, demonstration, testing, and evaluation activities that are relevant to any or all elements of the Department, through both intramural and extramural programs." In exercising its responsibility under the Homeland Security Act, S&T is authorized to collect information, as appropriate, to support R&D related to improving the security of the homeland.
Purpose: DHS will use this information to conduct evaluations on submitted proposals to solicitations offered by the Small Business Innovation Research and Broad Agency Announcement programs.
Routine Uses: DHS will not share this information, except (1) as required by applicable law or legal action, (2) with third parties in the course of providing the services, processes, or information you requested, such as evaluating your proposal(s), (3) with third parties which may assist DHS S&T in fulfilling a response or action you request.
Disclosure: Furnishing this information is voluntary; however, failure to furnish the requested information may delay or prevent the completion of your proposal evaluation, which may prevent your eligibility for award.