White House Updates Guidance on Federal Agency Privacy Practices

The Office of Management of Budget released a memorandum that requires the head of each agency to “assess the management, structure, and operation of the agency’s privacy program.” The OMB memo provides updated guidance, requiring the designation of a Senior Agency Official for Privacy with appropriate authority to implement the agency’s privacy program, including ensuring compliance with the Privacy Act. In 2015, a breach of records at the OMB, impacted more than 22 million federal employees, family members and associates. EPIC has filed numerous comments with agencies across the federal government criticizing their lack of compliance with the Privacy Act. EPIC has also submitted amicus briefs to the US Supreme Court concerning the federal Privacy Act.

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