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Privacy Policy

Welcome. You have accessed a website managed by the Office of Inspector General for the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, a wholly-owned corporation of the United States Government. OIG respects an individual's right to privacy and is committed to protecting your privacy when visiting our website. This policy explains our information collection practices, whether collected online or offline, should you choose to provide such information to us. Personal information may include your name, email, mailing and/or business address, phone number, or other information that may identify you personally. We do not require user registration to use this website. OIG collects limited non-personal information for website management and computer security reasons only; number of site visitors, most visited pages. Our privacy policy does not apply to third-party websites that you are able to reach from this website, nor does it cover practices of other areas within the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. We encourage you to read those policies to learn how third party websites collect and use your information.

The Privacy Act

The Privacy Act of 1974 protects the personal information the Federal government keeps on individuals in systems of records (SOR). The Privacy Act regulates how the government can disclose, share, provide access to, and keep the personal information that it collects. The Privacy Act does not cover all information collected online. The Act's major provisions require agencies to:

If the OIG collects information from you online, which is subject to the Privacy Act (information kept in an SOR), we will provide a Privacy Act Statement specific to that collected information. This Privacy Act Statement will tell you:


For more information or for comments and concerns on our privacy practices, please contact our Legal Counsel, Ronald C. Engler, by email at Engler.Ronald@pbgc.gov or by phone at (202) 326-4030.

Collection of Information - Non-Personal

We collect information about your website visit which does not identify you personally. We do not collect or sell this non-personal information for commercial purposes. Non-personal information collected includes the web service used, the computer, browser, operating system, and web service used. We also collect the date, time, and pages you visit. Collecting this data helps us make the website more useful, determine technical design specifications, and identify system performance or problem areas. In the event of a known security or virus threat, we may collect information on the web content you view.

In order to provide a secure website experience, OIG monitors network traffic for unauthorized or malicious activities, which could alter information, or otherwise result in damage. OIG does not identify individual users, unless a user chooses to submit information or a user exercises illegal behavior. Tampering with OIG's website is prohibited by law. All users are subject to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986, the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act of 1996, and other applicable laws.

A cookie is a small text file stored on your computer from websites visited. Cookies make it easy for you to move around a website without continually re-entering such things as preferences. OIG does not use cookies to track, collect, or store personally identifiable information. OIG does not use cookies to track or collect information about your other website activities. Information about user site visits is collected and evaluated anonymously.

Collection of Information - Personal

When you visit our website, we may request and collect information from you including contact information. Our principal purpose for collecting personal information online or offline is to better provide you with what you need and want, to address security or virus threats, or as required by law. Purposes may include responding to your complaints or replying to your feedback.

We may share personally-identifiable information you provide to us within OIG or with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, other Federal government agencies, or other named representatives as needed to speed your request or transaction. In a government-wide effort to combat security and virus threats, we may share some information we collect automatically, such as an IP address, with other Federal government agencies. Or the law may require us to share collected information with authorized law enforcement, Homeland Security, and national security activities.

Throughout our website, should we request information, we will inform the public whether the information we request is voluntary or required. By providing personally-identifiable information, you grant us consent to use this information, but only for the primary reasons you provide it. We will ask you to grant us consent before using your voluntarily provided information for any secondary purpose, other than those required under the law. PBGC may use the email address you submit to contact you regarding your complaint status or for other purposes such as to request feedback.

Information provided by users who contact OIG by email outside of our provided secure online service applications will be used only for the purposes described at the point of collection and as detailed in the applicable Privacy Act notice. OIG does not have control over the security of the information transmitted by email over the public Internet. Users who must send sensitive information to OIG should contact OIG by telephone, by fax, or send the information via regular mail.

OIG practices physical, electronic, and personnel procedures to protect personally- identifiable and other information collected. Transactions and data submitted by you are logged by OIG. Your information will be maintained and managed in accordance with the Federal Records Act. OIG may disclose information you submit if we are required to do so by law or if we believe that such action is necessary to comply with the law, protect and defend our rights and property, and/or protect against misuse or unauthorized use of information, or protect the personal safety or property of our users or the public. Information about you may be disclosed as part of any investigation into your actions, should OIG suspect you have engaged in wrongdoing.

We are committed to properly securing the information we collect. To help us do this, we take the following steps to:

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