LCVR Nondisclosure Policy

Policy Statement

LCVR employees are required to maintain the confidentiality of information obtained in the

performance of their duties. All NPC employees, including those with a VA Without

Compensation appointment, will be required to sign a nondisclosure agreement.

Background

VHA Handbook 1200.17, Department of Veterans Affairs Nonprofit Research and Education

Corporations Authorized by Title 38 United States Code (U.S.C.) Sections 7361 through 7366

requires VA Nonprofit corporations to adopt a nondisclosure policy.

Guidelines

There are three main categories of confidential information that NPC employees will encounter:

  • VA Confidential Information – VA is subject to various laws regarding confidentiality, including but not limited to the Privacy Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-191), the Freedom of Information Act, and 38 U.S.C. §§5701, 5705, and 7332. VA may only use or disclose Confidential Information consistent with applicable legal authority. Examples of VA Confidential Information include Individually Identifiable Information contained in VA patient files, VA data, VA research and VA employee records including but not limited to licensure and credentialing.

  • Third Party Confidential Information – Confidential Information obtained from federal or nonfederal sponsors and research collaborators in the context of potential and actual collaborative research and/or education. This information includes, but is not limited to, trade secrets, commercial, financial information, protocols and data.

  • Charleston Research Institute’s Confidential Information – Confidential information of NPCs, such as budget, personnel, and information pertaining to internal business operations matters.

For New Employees – New employees shall be provided a copy of this policy and shall be

required to execute a nondisclosure agreement substantially equivalent to the attached sample

template (see attached NDA agreement) as part of their orientation process within 15 days of

hiring.

For Existing Employees – Existing employees who have not executed a nondisclosure

agreement shall be provided a copy of this policy and will be required to execute a nondisclosure agreement substantially equivalent to the attached sample template (see

attached NDA agreement) within 45 days of the effective date of this policy.

For VA WOC Employees - NPC employees who hold a VA Without Compensation appointment

are subject to various laws regarding confidentiality, including but not limited to the Privacy Act,

Freedom of Information Act, 38 U.S.C. §§5701, 5705, and 7332. VA WOC employees may only

use or disclose confidential information consistent with applicable authorities. Requests for

disclosure of confidential information will be handled in accordance with 5 U.S.C. §552, E.O.

12600, and 38 C.F.R. 1.554a. VA employees are bound by 18 U.S.C. § 1905, known as the

Federal Trade Secrets Act, to not disclose confidential and proprietary information disclosed to

them in the conduct of their official duties. Additionally, the Economic Espionage Act of 1996

makes the theft or misappropriation of a trade secret by VA employees a federal crime. 18

U.S.C. §§ 1831-1839.

NDA Record Maintenance – NDAs shall be maintained in the NPC employee’s personnel file.

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