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Proposed Rules Would Require Privacy Training for Contractors

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The Defense Department, NASA and the General Services Administration are proposing regulations that would require contractors to complete training that addresses privacy protection, in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, and the handling and safeguarding of personally identifiable information.

The regulation, published in the Oct. 14 Federal Register, would require contractors to identify and train employees who access government records, handle personally identifiable information, or design, develop, maintain or operate records systems on behalf of the federal government.

Those employees would be required to complete privacy training upon award of a contract, and at least once a year after the award. Contractors also would be required to keep records showing employees have completed the required training.

Interested parties can submit comments on the proposal through Dec. 13.

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