What are the other Department initiatives around privacy?

In addition to establishing PTAC, ED has hired a Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) tasked with ensuring the Department's compliance with federal laws, regulations, and policies related to information privacy, including implementation of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The CPO is also responsible for coordinating privacy work across all ED offices, and for providing privacy guidance for ED’s programs. Additionally, the CPO is responsible for ED’s new initiatives to safeguard student privacy.

Further, through the National Center for Education Statistics ED has released a series of Technical Briefs to guide a national conversation on data security and stewardship. Lastly, in April of 2011, the Department released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on FERPA. After consideration of public responses to the NPRM, ED released the final FERPA regulations in December of 2011 (effective January 3, 2012). For more information on the adopted regulatory changes, see the Family Policy Compliance Office’s Home page.