January 7, 1999
FOR HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
on complying with President's Memorandum of May 14, 1998, "Privacy
and Personal Information in Federal Records"
provides instructions to agencies on how to comply with the President's
Memorandum of May 14, 1998 on "Privacy and Personal Information
in Federal Records." In his Memorandum, the President directed
Federal agencies to review their current information practices
and ensure that they are being conducted in accordance with privacy
law and policy. The President also directed OMB to issue instructions
to the agencies on how to conduct this review.
is a copy of the President's Memorandum, along with the instructions
for conducting the review and for reporting to OMB on the results.
Under the President's Memorandum, agencies are to complete their
reviews and report to OMB by May 14, 1999.
that the Federal government protects the privacy of personal information
is a priority of this Administration. As stated by the President,
privacy is a cherished American value. To preserve and promote
this value, the United States created a statutory framework in
1974 governing how the Federal government collects, maintains,
uses and disseminates information about certain individuals which
is embodied in the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552a, as amended.
Earlier in this Administration in June 1995, the Information Infrastructure
Task Force issued Principles for Providing and Using Personal
Information as a statement of this Administration's policy
review is an important part of the Administration's privacy agenda.
We look forward to working with your agencies during this review.