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Privacy Czar Sought at OMB
Privacy advocates this week pressed Congress to mandate that OMB have a 'privacy czar.' The new position – which likely would be unique to the agency - would oversee federal policies and agency collaboration to ensure that privacy protections are effectively implemented throughout the federal government.
"An office inside OMB can provide both institutional memory and sensitivity to combat the unfortunate tendency in government to surveil first and think later," said Sally Katzen, a law professor and former deputy director for management at OMB under the Clinton administration. "If someone had been appointed, the administration may not have appeared to be so tone deaf to some issues."