Announcing a New Privacy Office within OIRA

Editor’s Note: OIRA’s responsibilities are being increased, will the increased resources it needs to protect privacy follow?

From: The White House Blog

by Shaun Donovan

Summary:  We’re creating a team of privacy professionals dedicated to making privacy a more comprehensive, strategic, and continuous function of Government.


Today, we’re taking it a step further.

To build on and institutionalize this progress, I am establishing a new Privacy office and creating a dedicated senior career position for privacy within the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The new office and career official will be dedicated to strengthening the Government’s privacy practices and continuing to make privacy a more comprehensive, strategic, and continuous function of Government.

Specifically, they will:

  • Lead efforts to develop and implement consistent, comprehensive, and forward-looking Federal privacy policies, strategies, and practices across agencies as the Federal Government continues to leverage technology and innovation to deliver better citizen-centered services for Americans;
  • Collaborate with the Federal Privacy Council and privacy leaders across the Government to identify government-wide trends and issues related to privacy that require government-wide solutions; and
  • Oversee and evaluate agency regulatory initiatives, privacy policies, information collection and related policies, and other policy initiatives that impact the privacy of information about people.

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