OMB Memorandums 06-19 and 04-26: Small Changes with Big Impacts

Memorandum 06-19 was issued by the Office of Management and Budget in July 2006 to update the reporting requirements for data breaches involving personally identifiable information. It also addressed the need to budget in anticipation of providing adequate data security. Memorandum 04-26 was issued in September 2004 regarding personal use policies for employees accessing government computers and the use of file sharing [...]

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OMB Memoranda 06-15 and 06-16: Safeguarding Information Maintained by the U.S. Government

OMB Memoranda 06-15 and 06-16: Safeguarding Information Maintained by the U.S. Government

In 2006, the Office of Management and Budget published two memoranda back to back dealing specifically with protecting certain types of information maintained by the Federal Government. M-06-15 addresses safeguarding personally identifiable information. M-06-16 deals with the protection of sensitive agency information. Both memoranda reiterate the security requirements of previous regulations, and expand upon them to make them more effective.

OMB M-06-15: Safeguarding Personally Identifiable Information

M-06-15 served as a reminder to government agencies of their responsibilities towards protecting personally identifiable information.

Under the Privacy Act of 1974 agencies must:

Establish rules [...]

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Privacy and Civil Liberties Officers

The Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 passed a large number of regulations to increase national security. Increasing security protection, often, unfortunately decreases privacy protection, so the act also included a number of regulations restricting the use of personally identifiable information by the Federal Government. Among these regulations is Section 803, which amended the National Security Intelligence Reform Act. This policy created new positions called privacy and civil liberties officers to oversee the protection of such rights in government agencies and [...]

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