Posted by Mary Ellen Callahan, Chief Privacy and Freedom of Information Act Officer
As I move into my third year as the DHS Chief Privacy Officer, I’m pleased with the improvements my office has made in strengthening privacy protections across the Department’s operations while simultaneously fulfilling the Administration’s goals of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. We strive diligently to create an environment where privacy and security are not traded or balanced, but integrated in a manner that keeps this country safe and honors the principles on which the country was founded.
In support of the Administration’s efforts to promote openness, transparency, and public participation we have instituted our Proactive Disclosure Policy. This policy means that certain categories of documents are now published on the headquarters and component websites, eliminating the need for the public to file Freedom of Information Act requests for those documents.
I look forward to continuing to lead the effort to enhance privacy protections and promote government transparency and accountability not only in the Department but also in the federal government and international community, and foresee an even more productive future.