PIA - Designee Registration System (DRS) - October 16, 2018
Under Title 49 of the United States Code § 44702, Congress gave the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) the ability to delegate to qualified members of the public the authority to certify aircraft and people on behalf of the FAA Administrator. These qualified members of the public are called Designees. Designees have the authority to act on the behalf of the FAA when certifying aircraft and people to make examinations, test, inspect, and issue certificates. The FAA is responsible for the oversight and management of Designees. To qualify Designees, the FAA developed the Designee Registration System (DRS) for the primary purpose of managing Designee required training. DRS is a training management web-based system that allows all members of the public to create DRS user profiles, select courses, pay for courses via Pay.gov, complete courses via the FAA’s Blackboard system, and allows the FAA to track and manage courses. Users of DRS are individuals who are seeking to qualify as Designees, and Designees who take recurrent and specialized training. All DRS users are collectively known as Students. To create the profile to use the DRS system, individuals must identify their category of designee/designee applicant. Section 208 of the E-Government Act of 2002 requires all federal government agencies to conduct a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for all new or substantially changed technology that collects, maintains, or disseminates PII. The FAA is conducting this PIA, because DRS collects and maintains Students’ Personally Identifiable Information (PII) when they create a DRS user profile.