The Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)/Navy Personnel Command (NPC) is responsible for handling a large volume of personally identifiable information (PII) in the daily processing of personnel transactions supporting all Navy uniformed members. It is the responsibility of every employee to protect the personal information of our enlisted and officer personnel. Protecting this information is paramount to the BUPERS/NPC mission.
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, Commander, Navy Personnel Command transferred responsibility for the privacy program from NPC to the BUPERS Information Management Office (IMO). The BUPERS command information officer (CIO) established a dedicated privacy office and lead dedicated to the protection of personnel information. The privacy lead established a network of privacy advocates from each code which became known as the "Privacy Cadre." The primary goal of the Privacy Cadre is to raise awareness, educate and prevent the compromise of PII.
Awareness within BUPERS has risen significantly since the establishment of the Privacy Cadre and as a direct result, the breadth of privacy knowledge and awareness continues to increase. BUPERS is one of several Department of the Navy organizations leading the way in privacy protection. In addition, BUPERS has aggressively pursued reducing the use of the Social Security number in official Navy forms and in IT systems wherever possible. Specific examples have been highlighted in previous CHIPS articles. The Privacy Cadre is now focused on reducing the use of the SSN in memoranda, spreadsheets and other various processes. This effort is led by the BUPERS PII Coordinator, Ms. Kathy Eisenhour, who continues to be instrumental to the success of this program.
Additional privacy resources can be found on the DON CIO website at www.doncio.navy.mil/privacy.
Steve Daughety is the privacy lead for the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer.