EXECUTIVE
ORDER
EO 13478
Effective Date: November 20, 2008

Responsible Office: Office of Human Capital Management
Subject: Amendments to EO 9397 Relating to Federal Agency Use of Social Security Numbers

Amendments To Executive Order 9397 Relating To 
                Federal Agency Use of Social Security Numbers

                By the authority vested in me as President by the 
                Constitution and laws of the United States of America, 
                it is hereby ordered as follows:

                Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of the United 
                States that Federal agencies should conduct agency 
                activities that involve personal identifiers in a 
                manner consistent with protection of such identifiers 
                against unlawful use.

                Sec. 2. Amendments to Executive Order 9397. Executive 
                Order 9397 of November 22, 1943, is amended:

                    (a) in paragraph 1 by:

(i) striking ``shall' and inserting in lieu thereof ``may';

(ii) striking ``exclusively';

(iii) striking ``Title 26, section 402.502' and inserting in lieu thereof 
``title 20, section 422.103'; and

(iv) striking ``the 1940 Supplement to';

                    (b) by striking ``Bureau of the Budget' in 
                paragraph 5 and inserting in lieu thereof ``Office of 
                Management and Budget';
                    (c) by renumbering paragraph 6 as paragraph 8;
                    (d) by inserting immediately following paragraph 5 
                the following new paragraphs:

``6. This order shall be implemented in accordance with applicable law and 
subject to the availability of appropriations.

``7. This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or 
benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity, by any 
party against the United States, its departments, agencies, 
instrumentalities, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any 
other person.'; and

                    (e) by striking ``Board' each place it appears and 
                inserting in lieu thereof in each such place 
                ``Administration'.

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                Sec. 3. This order is not intended to, and does not, 
                create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, 
                enforceable at law or in equity, by any party against 
                the United States, its departments, agencies, 
                instrumentalities, or entities, its officers, 
                employees, or agents, or any other person.
                
                   President, George Bush

                THE WHITE HOUSE,

                    November 18, 2008.
		

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