OPM looks to hire first chief privacy officer since enormous 2015 data breach

In June 2015, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management disclosed that at least 4 million of its employees' health records were compromised following a data breach, a number that some sources later put at over 18 million. That same month OPM's chief privacy officer, Chris Brannigan, retired. Now, the OPM has published a post seeking someone to fill the position, according to FedScoop.com.

"The Chief Privacy Officer has responsibilities on all matters that pertain to The Privacy Act and related areas that are of wide interest and have national impact," the job listing reads. "The incumbent functions as an authority, and serves as OPM's principal point of contact with other Federal agencies, private organizations, and other stakeholders on privacy matters."

During the course of his employment with OPM, Mr. Brannigan was the sole worker dedicated to full time privacy-related duties, according to his LinkedIn profile. Additional duties required of the OPM's next chief privacy officer are the development of relationships with Privacy Act stakeholders, the evaluation of the Privacy Act's impact on agency activities and appropriate evaluation of confidential personal records, among others. 

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