"The Privacy Office (Privacy Office or Office) is the first statutorily created privacy office in any federal agency, as set forth in Section 222 of the 'Homeland Security Act' (Homeland Security Act), as amended. The mission of the Privacy Office is to protect all individuals by embedding and enforcing privacy protections and transparency in all DHS activities. The Office accomplishes its mission by focusing on the following core activities:  Requiring compliance with federal privacy and disclosure laws and policies in all DHS programs, systems, and operations;  Centralizing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act operations to provide policy and programmatic oversight, to support operational implementation within the DHS components, and to ensure the consistent handling of disclosure requests;  Providing leadership and guidance to promote a culture of privacy and adherence to the Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPs) across the Department;  Advancing privacy protections throughout the Federal Government through active participation in interagency fora;  Conducting outreach to the Department's international partners to promote understanding of the U.S. privacy framework generally and the Department's role in protecting individual privacy; and,  Ensuring transparency to the public through published materials, reports, formal notices, public workshops, and meetings. This report, covering the period from July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013, catalogues the Privacy Office's continued success in safeguarding individual privacy while supporting the Department of Homeland Security (DHS or Department) mission."
United States. Department of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/