|The VA Privacy Service is responsible for overseeing, directing and establishing the long and short-term goals for VA’s Enterprise Privacy Program. As the impact of privacy issues increase, the Privacy Service identifies privacy needs and implements strategies to meet those needs. We advise senior officials concerning data management and the feasibility of the Department’s privacy priorities and implementation plans. We work to ensure compliance with Federal and VA-specific privacy requirements. Also, we ensure the attainment of Department-wide privacy objectives in the overall VA planning, programming, and budgeting process.
The VA Privacy Service developed its mission statement in 2002, and this continues to be our mission:
“Preserve and Protect the Privacy of Veterans and VA Employees’ Personal Information”
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What We Do
VA has over 300,000 employees and maintains extensive records on over 26,000,000 veterans. Ensuring compliance with sound privacy practices is critical as the volume of personal information that VA handles continues to grow. The VA Privacy Service:
Since its creation in 2002, the VA Privacy Service has successfully achieved the following:
Future Privacy Initiatives
The VA Privacy Service is now focusing its attention on reducing the use of Social Security numbers in VA systems and programs, where feasible, to professionalize VA privacy officers, and to develop an integrated, comprehensive, and enterprise-wide management of privacy-relevant data, processes, and business operations.
For more information about VA's privacy programs, contact the VA Privacy Service at 202.273.5070 or email@example.com.