The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), within the Department of Transportation (DOT), has been given the responsibility for enhancing the movement of people and goods from one place to another, while also ensuring the safety of the traveling public, promoting the efficiency of the transportation system, and protecting the environment.
To support and facilitate its management and human resource operations, FHWA maintains the FHWA Organization Information System (FOIS). FOIS is a Web-based application that contains several modules related to the different FHWA program divisions. One specific module, Emergency Contacts, contains and displays personally identifiable information (PII) on members of the public. The FOIS Emergency Contacts module allows authorized FHWA users to maintain emergency contact information for all employees. Because FHWA employees provide their own emergency contact information, the contact information in FOIS may include members of the public, such as the employee’s spouse and two additional emergency contacts. Another module, Employee Recognition, contains personally identifiable information (PII) on FHWA employees. The Employee Recognition module uses this information to send a personal e-mail to FHWA employees from the Executive Director. The PII is not displayed in this message.