The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of the Chief Privacy Officer (OCPO) is responsible for the administration and enforcement of federal laws relating to the privacy of students’ education records, and for the provision of technical assistance on student privacy issues for the broader education community. For more information about the office's other functions, please visit OCPO's page on ED.gov. OCPO’s student privacy functions are divided across two divisions within the office.
- operating a Student Privacy Help Desk, offering assistance on complex student privacy issues to the education community via phone or email;
- developing privacy and security training materials for States and districts;
- issuing privacy and security best practice recommendations, including issue briefs and checklists;
- conducting technical assistance site visits to SEAs and LEAs; and
- hosting privacy-focused regional meetings and lessons learned forums for education stakeholders.
Bios for the key staff charged with educating the field on student privacy can be found here.
Student Privacy Leadership at ED
Family Policy Compliance Office
Michael B. Hawes, Acting Director
Frank Miller, Deputy Director
Michael B. Hawes, Director
Ross Lemke (Contractor), PTAC Manager