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Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) Summary for Centennial Challenges
August 19, 2009

Date of this submission: June 22, 2009
NASA Center/Location: eTouch Systems
Vericenter Application Name: Centennial Challenges

Is this application or information collection new or is an existing one being modified? New
Does this application collect, maintain, and/or disseminate information in identifiable form (IIF)? YES
Mission Program/Project Supported: Centennial Challenges/Innovative Partnerships Program (CC/IPP)

Identifying Numbers (Use N/A, where appropriate)
Privacy Act System of Records Number:
OMB Information Collection Approval Number and Expiration Date: 2700-0119, 11/30/09
Other Identifying Number(s): N/A


  1. Provide an overview of the application or collection and indicate the legislation authorizing this activity.

    This application will collect survey data from the public via a web survey tool for new Centennial Challenge prize formulation. Legislation Authority is described under HR 6063 Section 314 (b), (National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 (42 U.S.C. 2451, et seq. as amended in 2005) states the following: In selecting topics for prize competitions, the Administrator shall consult widely both within and outside the Federal Government, and may empanel advisory committees.

  2. Describe the information the agency will collect, maintain, or disseminate and how the agency will use the information. In this description, indicate whether the information contains IIF and whether submission is voluntary or mandatory.

    This web survey will collect the follow data sets: 1) Title of Challenge, 2) objective/performance requirements of the Challenge, 3) monetary prize value, 4) which area of NASA's technologies does the proposed prize address, 5) National or Global needs beyond NASA's scope, 6) Proposed new opportunities/partnerships for NASA. The agency will use the data collected from the web survey to assist with the Centennial Challenges new prize formulation. IIF for this survey is voluntarily provided by the users should they desire to provide it. These elements of IIF are not used for the retrieval of records from the system. (llF data rnay include: Name, Affiliation, Zip Code, Occupation, and E-mail Address).

  3. Explain how the IIF collected, maintained, and/or disseminated is the minimum necessary to accomplish the purpose for this effort.

    IIF will be an optional input from the public via the web survey. This data is NOT necessary for a successful survey to occur.

  4. Explain why the IIF is being collected, maintained, or disseminated.

    The option to include IIF in the survey will potentially be used for the purpose of recognition of an idea

    (submission). If a new prize is formulated from a survey input, we would like to have the option to contact that individual for further discussion and/or public recognition based upon receiving proper consent from the individual that submitted the idea. Contacting this individual would be accomplished by information voluntarily attached to the survey itself as opposed to retrieving the surveyor information by the IIF.

  5. Identify with whom the agency will share the IIF.

    The agency will NOT share any IIF.

  6. Describe how the IIF will be obtained, from whom it will be collected, what the suppliers of information and will be told about the information collection, and how this message will be conveyed to them (e.g., written notice, electronic notice if a Web-based collection, etc.). Describe any opportunities for consent provided to individuals regarding what information is collected and how the information will be shared.

    The IIF will be obtained via a web survey (set of optional questions) from the general public and be used if NASA chooses to recognize that specific submission, upon the consent of the submitter. This effort will include some form of electronic notification. Upon gaining consent from that individual(s),

    NASA may publicly recognize the individual(s) for his/her idea contribution.

  7. State whether personal information will be collected from children under age 13 on the Internet and, if so, how parental or guardian approval will be obtained. (Reference: Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998)

    Individuals under the age of 13 are not restricted from submitting information via the web survey,

    however, this age group is not a targeted source of information.

  8. Describe how the IIF will be secured.

    The IIF will be stored in a secure database (username/password protected) that restricts all access.

    Exception: select database administrators, developers, and contractors will be authorized access to the IIF for system administration and development/testing purposes.

  9. Describe plans for retention and destruction of IIF.

    Plans for retention/destruction of IIF fall under the NRRS 1178G schedule.

  10. Identify whether a system of records is being created under section 552a of Title 5, United States Code (the Privacy Act), or identify the existing Privacy Act system of records notice under which the records will be maintained.


Point of contact to which a member of the public can address questions concerning this information system and the privacy concerns associated with it: Andrew Petro, (202) 358-0310, andrew.j.petro@nasa.gov.

Signature on File
Andrew J. Pestro
Application Owner
Date: 6/24/09

Concur: Approved:
Signature on File
Teresa M. Fryer
NASA Privacy Program Manager
Date: 7/6/09

Signature on File
Bryan D. McCall
HQ Privacy Manager
Date: 6/24/09

Signature on File
Bobby German
NASA Chief Information Officer (Acting)
Date: 7/10/09

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