Privacy Act: OMB Leadership Needed to Improve Agency Compliance

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Linda D. Koontz
DIANE Publishing, 2003 - 74 pages
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The Privacy Act regulates how federal agencies may use the personal information that individuals supply when obtaining government services or fulfilling obligations -- for example, applying for a small business loan or paying taxes. The General Accounting Office (GAO) was asked to review, among other things, agency compliance with the Privacy Act & related guidance from the office of Management & Budget (OMB). GAO recommends that the Dir., OMB, take a number of steps aimed at improving agency compliance with the Privacy Act, including overseeing & monitoring agency actions, reassessing the need for additional guidance to agencies, & raising agency awareness of the importance of the act.
 

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Page 6 - to establish appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to ensure the security and confidentiality of records and to protect against anticipated threats or hazards to their security or integrity that could result in substantial harm, embarrassment, inconvenience, or unfairness to any individual on whom information is maintained.
Page 30 - information compiled for law enforcement purposes, but only to the extent that the production of such law enforcement records or information could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. A
Page 11 - As in 2000 and 2001, weaknesses were most often identified in control areas for security program management and access controls. All 24 agencies had weaknesses in security program management, which provides the framework for ensuring that risks are understood and that effective controls are selected and properly implemented.
Page 5 - the information and whether disclosure of such information is mandatory or voluntary, (2) the principal purposes for which the information is intended to be used,
Page 14 - only information that is relevant and necessary to accomplish a purpose of the agency required to be accomplished by statute or executive order of the President.
Page 5 - contain the name and location of the system, the categories of individuals on whom records are maintained in the system, and each "routine use
Page 5 - it is relevant and necessary to accomplish a purpose of the agency required to be accomplished by statute or executive order of the President.
Page 34 - If you have any questions concerning this report, please call me at (202) 512-6240 or send E-mail to koontzl@gao.gov. Key contacts and major contributors to this report are listed in appendix VIII. Sincerely yours,
Page 6 - are involved in the design, development, operation, or maintenance of any system of records or in maintaining any record.
Page 21 - to establish rules of conduct for persons involved in the design, development, Operation, or maintenance of systems of records

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