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Department of Homeland Security 2017 Privacy Office Annual Report to Congress

“The work of the DHS Privacy Office supports all five core DHS missions articulated in the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review: (1) prevent terrorism and enhance security; (2) secure our borders; (3) enforce our immigration laws; (4) safeguard cyberspace; and (5) strengthen national preparedness, as well as the important cross-cutting goal to mature and strengthen homeland security by integrating information sharing and preserving privacy, oversight, and transparency in the execution of all departmental activities. In addition, through training, outreach, and participation in departmental program development, the Privacy Office advances the guiding principles and core values outlined in the DHS Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2014- 2018.

To accomplish these strategic outcomes, the Privacy Office established four goals in its Fiscal Year 2015-2018 Strategic Plan, each supported by specific and measurable objectives, and explained in detail in the chapters that follow:

• Goal 1 (Privacy and Disclosure Policy): Foster a culture of privacy and disclosure and demonstrate leadership through policy and partnerships;
• Goal 2 (Outreach, Education and Reporting): Provide outreach, education, training, and reports in order to promote privacy and transparency in homeland security;
• Goal 3 (Compliance and Oversight): Conduct robust compliance and oversight programs to ensure adherence with federal privacy and disclosure laws and policies in all DHS activities, and promote privacy best practices and guidance to the Department’s information sharing and intelligence activities; and
• Goal 4 (Workforce Excellence): Develop and retain the best privacy and disclosure professionals in the Federal Government…”

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