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News Archive of April 2015

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Publishes the 2015 Executive Order 13636 Privacy and Civil Liberties (P/CL) Assessment Report

Blog by
Joey Hutcherson, TPM, PMP, CIPP/G
Deputy Director, Office of Privacy and Open Government

The national and economic security of the United States (U.S.) depends on the reliable functioning of critical infrastructure.  To strengthen the resilience of this infrastructure, President Obama issued Executive Order 13636 (E.O.) – Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, dated February 12, 2013.

The E.O. directs federal departments and agencies to establish, expand, or prioritize a number of activities to improve cybersecurity for the U.S. critical infrastructure, including the development of a framework (the “Cybersecurity Framework”) to reduce cybersecurity risks to critical infrastructure and to assist organizations responsible for critical infrastructure services with managing cybersecurity risk.

Section 5 of the E.O. requires department and agency Senior Agency Officials for Privacy and Civil Liberties (SAOP/CL) to incorporate privacy and civil liberties protection into all activities performed under the E.O., and to conduct assessments of those activities based on Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPs) and other applicable policies, principles and frameworks.

For the reporting period August 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014, the Department of Commerce’s (DOC) Chief Privacy Officer (CPO)/ Senior Agency Official for Privacy (SAOP) completed a privacy assessment examining the “Cybersecurity Framework” development activities performed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).  

The DOC CPO/SAOP submitted the DOC Assessment of Commerce activities under the E.O. to DHS to incorporate into the DHS E.O. 13636 P/CL Assessment Report.

On April 9, 2015, DHS published the DHS E.O. 13636 P/CL Assessment Report.  The DOC assessment is Part V (page 122) of the 2015 report.  The report can be found at

The 2014 DHS E.O. 13636 P/CL Assessment Report can be found at  The DOC assessment is Part V (page 92) of the 2014 report.