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Joo Chung
Department of Defense

Joo Chung

Joo Chung is the Director of Oversight and Compliance (DO&C) in the Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer, Office of the Secretary of Defense, at the Department of Defense. Ms. Chung oversees a Directorate comprised of three divisions: the Intelligence Oversight Division, the Regulatory, Audit, and Advisory Division, and the Defense Privacy, Civil Liberties, and Transparency Division. DO&C’s primary mission is to ensure that the DoD complies with internal and external requirements and policies in DO&C’s functional areas of responsibilities by providing guidance, training, and oversight of programs and activities; and to provide and develop meaningful and sound policies to promote identified principles consistent with the DoD’s missions.

Ms. Chung’s highly regarded and expert team is responsible for various DoD policies and programs including in the areas of privacy, civil liberties, Freedom of Information Act, regulations, and intelligence oversight. The impact of her Directorate’s work is significant, as it affects all military members, retirees, and their dependents, as well as the DoD Components, the Defense Agencies, and the Combatant Commands. She is the Department’s Senior Agency Official for Privacy, and her Deputy serves as the Department’s Senior Intelligence Oversight Official.

From August 2012 to April 2015, Ms. Chung served as the Director of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties (OPCL) and served as DOJ’s Acting Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer (CPCLO), a statutorily mandated position in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General (ODAG), between September 2012 and November 2013. As Director of OPCL, she had oversight and compliance responsibilities over DOJ’s 40 plus components and has reviewed numerous legal and policy issues involving privacy, civil liberties, and transparency issues related to the Department’s law enforcement and national security programs and activities. Additionally, she was the principal author and editor of DOJ’s widely used biennial treatise on existing Privacy Act case law titled, “Overview of the Privacy Act of 1974.”

Ms. Chung began her law career at DOJ in 2000 as an Attorney General Honors Program Attorney at the then Office of Information and Privacy, where she litigated and worked on both Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act matters.