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Privacy Act Rules for Federal Acquisition Regulation

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Federal Government contractors must comply with new privacy training procedures related to federal acquisition regulation due to a final rule passed by the United States Department of Defense, General Service Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Federal contractors are now required to meet training obligations to address the protection of privacy with the Privacy Act of 1974 and the handling and safeguarding of personally identifiable information. These new regulations became effective on January 19, 2017. To make sure that an individual is in full compliance with these rules, it is often a good idea to contact a knowledgeable government contract attorney who can help to make sure that you are in full compliance.

Who Must Follow These New Training Laws

This new rule for federal acquisition regulation requires federal government contractors to provide initial and annual privacy training for three types of employees. These rules noticeably do not apply to an individual who only has limited access to a contractor’s human resources information or even the personal information of other types of third parties. These three groups include employees who on behalf of a federal agency:

  • Have access to a system of records. The Federal Acquisition Regulations define a system of records as a group of any records that are under the control of an agency and from which information can be obtained revealing the name of an individual or any identifying number or mark that is distinctively assigned to the individual.

  • Design, develop, maintain, and operate a system of records.

  • Create, collect, disclose, dispose of, disseminate, manage, process, store or in any way handle personally identifiable information. Personally identifiable information is information that can be used to determine an individual’s identity.

New Training Requirements

Employees to whom these new training requirements apply must be trained in handling this type of information. Unless it is specifically required that an employee receives direct instruction from a government agency, contractors are permitted to train their employees. Certain elements must be covered in this training including how this personal information should be safeguarded. If a contractor decides to perform their training, it is essential to consult with legal counsel to make sure that training satisfies the requirements of the new regulations. Privacy training is required to cover certain topics, which include the following elements:

  • Details about restrictions on the use of unauthorized equipment.

  • How to properly handle and safeguard this private information.

  • Information about the role of the Privacy Act of 1974.

  • Prohibitions against the unauthorized use of information.

  • What to do in the event of a certain or suspected breach of privacy.

How a Skilled Government Contract Attorney Might Help

If you feel that a government employee failed to adhere to these new training regulations, do not hesitate to contact a lawyer. For veterans who require the assistance of reliable legal counsel, the attorneys at Whitcomb, Selinsky Law, PC have the experience and knowledge to help many clients reach the best possible results. Do not hesitate to contact our law office today by submitting our online form or calling us at (866) 476-4558.

About the AuthorJoe Whitcomb

Joe Whitcomb is the founder and president of Whitcomb, Selinsky, PC (WSM). In addition, he manages the firm and heads up the Government Procurement and International Business Transactions Law sections. As a result of his military service as a U.S. Army Ranger and as a non-commissioned officer in the Air Force, he learned mission accomplishment. While serving in the Air Force, he earned his Bachelor’s in Social Sciences and a Master’s in International Relations. His Master’s emphasis was on National Security and International Political Economics. After his military career, Joe attended law school at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.