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The DHS Privacy Office is responsible for evaluating the Department programs, systems, and initiatives for potential privacy impacts, and providing strategies to reduce the privacy impact.

  • DHS/FEMA/PIA-029 - Citizen Corps Program

    FEMA’s Office of Protection and National Preparedness (PNP), Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) administers the Citizen Corps Program, which also includes the Citizen Corps web-based application, and the Citizen Corps Database. Citizen Corps’ mission is to strengthen the collaboration between government and community leaders from all sectors to encourage citizens’ preparedness through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to all hazards and all threats. Through Citizen Corps, communities can establish and register Citizen Corps Councils (Councils) and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) programs. This Privacy Impact Assessment analyzes Citizen Corps’ collection, use, maintenance, retrieval, and dissemination of personally identifiable information associated with points of contacts designated by Councils, CERTs, and other Citizen Corps partners.  June 28, 2013

  • DHS/NPPD/PIA-001The EINSTEIN Program

    EINSTEIN provides US-CERT a situational awareness snapshot of the health of the federal governments' cyber space. Based upon agreements with participating federal agencies, US-CERT installs systems at their Internet access points to collect network flow data. The agencies are provided tools to analyze their collected data. In addition, the data is shared with US-CERT Security Operations Center, which aggregates it from all EINSTEIN participants to identify network anomalies spanning the federal government.


    The original Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for EINSTEIN 1, dated September 2004, explained that EINSTEIN 1 analyzes network flow information from participating federal executive government agencies and provides a high-level perspective from which to observe potential malicious activity in computer network traffic of participating agencies' computer networks. The updated version, EINSTEIN 2, will incorporate network intrusion detection technology capable of alerting the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) to the presence of malicious or potentially harmful computer network activity in federal executive agencies' network traffic. EINSTEIN 2 principally relies on commercially available intrusion detection capabilities to increase the situational awareness of the US-CERT.

  • DHS/CBP/PIA-004 Beyond the Border Entry/Exit Program

    DHS/CBP/PIA-004 Beyond the Border Entry/Exit Program

  • DHS/ICE/PIA-036 – OPLA Case Management System

    DHS/ICE/Privacy Impact Assessmment-036 – OPLA Case Management System

  • DHS/USCIS/PIA-036(b) - Form I-9 “Employment Eligibility Verification” Update

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Verification Division manages the business process in support of the statutory requirement that employers maintain Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, which is completed by their new employees. This form serves to verify employment authorization for all new employees. The purpose of this update is to: (1) describe the collection of additional information in “Section I: Employee Information and Attestation” of Form I-9; and (2) describe the update to Form I-9 instructions.

  • DHS/ALL/PIA-044 DHS Single Point of Service Request for Information Management Tool

    The Single Point of Service (SPS) refers to a joint effort between the Office of Operations Coordination (OPS), National Operations Center (NOC), and the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) to provide a centralized DHS Headquarters location to receive, facilitate, process, and, in some circumstances, respond to operational or intelligence related “Requests for Information” (RFI) that originate from federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial entities. In order to perform this function, OPS and I&A employ the RFI Management Tool, which standardizes the process by which entities request operational or intelligence-related information. DHS is conducting this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) because the RFI Management Tool collects, retains, and disseminates personally identifiable information (PII). DHS is updating and reissuing the SPS-RFI PIA, originally published in June 2013, in order to better identify the potential privacy risks and mitigations associated with the use of both an unclassified and an accredited classified instance of the application. The 2013 PIA only dealt with an unclassified instance of the application.

  • DHS/ALL/PIA-002 DHS Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP)

    The Department of Homeland Security Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP) is a customer service web-based initiative developed as a voluntary program to provide a one-stop mechanism for individuals to request redress, who make inquiries, or seek resolution regarding difficulties they experienced during their travel screening at transportation hubs (such as airports and train stations), or crossing U.S. borders.  DHS TRIP provides traveler redress intake and processing support while working with relevant DHS components to review and respond to requests for redress. This privacy impact assessment (PIA) update is necessary because the documentation required to resolve a request is now based upon the nature of the traveler’s complaint, rather than the previous requirement of a traveler submitting “at least three” documents for all requests.

  • DHS Impact of Federal Budget Sequestration

    Records describing the impact of federal budget sequestration upon Department of Homeland Security operations and functions.

  • Cybersecurity and Privacy

    DHS employs a layered approach to privacy oversight for the department’s cybersecurity activities, beginning with the Chief Privacy Officer and extending through NPPD’s Component Privacy Officer and dedicated privacy staff across the Department.