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Privacy Service

Privacy Laws, Regulations & Policies

The VA Privacy Service ensures that VA policies comply with Federal regulatory requirements and legislative mandates and it promulgates those policies throughout VA.  Privacy Logo-Picture of Law Books
The development of appropriate directives and handbooks ensures VA's compliance with Federal regulatory requirements and legislative mandates.

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1. Privacy Laws Governing the Public Sector

2. U.S. Federal Government Policies

3. VA Privacy Directives, Handbooks and Notices 
To view the following documents click on the "VA Directives and Handbooks" link below. 
  • VA Directives and Handbooks
  • VA Directive 6066, Protected Health Information (PHI)
  • VA Handbook 6300.4, Procedures for Processing Requests for Records Subject to the Privacy Act
  • VA Handbook 6300.5, Procedures for Establishing and Managing Privacy Act System of Records
  • VA Handbook 6300.6/1, Procedures for Releasing Lists of Veterans' and Dependents' Names and Addresses
  • VA Handbook 6310.2, Collections of Information Procedures
  • VA Directive 6361, Ensuring the Quality of Information Disseminated by VA
  • VA Directive 6371, Destruction of Temporary Paper Records
  • VA Directive 6500, Information Security Program
  • VA Handbook 6500, Information Security Program
  • VA Handbook 6500.1, Electronic Media Sanitization
  • VA Handbook 6500.2, Management of Security and Privacy Incidents
  • VA Handbook 6500.3, Certification and Accreditation of VA Information Systems
  • VA Directive 6502, VA Enterprise Privacy Program
  • VA Handbook 6502.1, Privacy Violation Tracking System (PVTS)
  • VA Handbook 6502.3, Web Page Privacy Policy
  • VA Directive 6502.3, Web Page Privacy Policy
  • VA Handbook 6502.4, Privacy Act Review
  • VA Handbook 6502.5, Incorporating Security and Privacy into the System Development Life Cycle
  • VA Directive 6508.1, VA Directive 6508.1, Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA)
  • VA Directive 6515, Use of Web-Based Collaboration Technologies
  • VA Directive 6507, Reducing the Use of Social Security Numbers
  • VA Directive 6508, Privacy Impact Assessments
  • VA Directive 6509, Duties of Privacy Officers
  • VA Directive 6512, Secure Wireless Technology
  • VA Directive 6609, Mailing of Personally Identifiable and Sensitive Information
  • VHA Directive 1605, VHA Privacy Program
  • VHA Directive 2004-050, Mandated Utilization of ROI Records Management Software
  • VHA Directive 2003-024, Facility Directory Opt-Out
  • VHA Directive 2003-025, Confidential Communications
  • VHA Directive 2007-040, Appointment of Facility Information Security Officer (ISO) and Privacy Officer to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or the Research and Development (R&D) Committee
  • VHA Handbook 1600.01, Business Associate Agreements
  • VHA Handbook 1605.1, Privacy and Release of Information - Issued May 2006
  • VHA Handbook 1605.2, Minimum Necessary Standard for Protected Health Information

4. Veterans Confidentiality Statutes

General Contacts

For more information, contact the VA Privacy Service at 202.273.5070 or

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