Privacy Training Now Required for Certain Contractors

December 30, 2016

New FAR Provisions Require Contractor Privacy Training

Source: SmallGovCon, Steven Koprince, December 21, 2016

The FAR Council has published a final rule to require that certain contractor employees complete privacy training.

The final rule requires privacy training for contractor employees who handle personally identifiable information, have access to a system of records, or design, maintain, or operate a system of records.

The final rule has been more than five years in the making: the FAR Council issued a proposed rule regarding privacy training way back on October 14, 2011.  The final rule responds to public comments on the proposal and makes some adjustments, although it’s unclear why the FAR Council required half a decade to do so).

The final rule creates a new FAR Subpart 24.3, which will be named “Privacy Training.”  New FAR 24.301 will specify that “Contractors are responsible for ensuring that initial privacy training, and annual privacy training thereafter” is completed by contractor employees who: (1) Have access to a system of records; (2) Create, collect, use, process, store, maintain, disseminate, disclose, dispose, or otherwise handle personally identifiable information on behalf of the agency; or (3) Design, develop, maintain, or operate a system of records. READ MORE….

Certain contractors need to learn more about personally identifiable information.  Contact your nearest PTAC to learn about the type of privacy training needed.


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