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Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

About the Office of Management and Budget

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is the largest component of the Executive Office of the President. The core mission of OMB is to serve the President of the United States in implementing his vision across the Executive Branch. OMB reports directly to the President and helps a wide range of executive departments and agencies across the Federal Government to execute their programs effectively and implement the commitments and priorities of the President.

OMB, through its Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), has a fundamental role in Executive Branch privacy policy. Among other things, OIRA is responsible for providing assistance to Federal agencies on privacy matters, developing Federal privacy policy, and overseeing implementation of privacy policy by Federal agencies. OMB’s authority is provided in Federal laws, including the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. § 552a), the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35), and the E-Government Act of 2002 (44 U.S.C. § 3501 note).

Privacy Guidance


OMB M-17-06, Policies for Federal Agency Public Websites and Digital Services (Nov. 2016)

OMB Memorandum M-16-24, Role and Designation of Senior Agency Officials for Privacy (Sept. 2016)

OMB Circular A-130, Managing Information as Strategic Resource (July, 28, 2016)

OMB Circular A-123, Management’s Responsibility for Enterprise Risk Management and Internal Control (July 15, 2016)

OMB Memorandum M-14-06, Guidance for Providing and Using Administrative Data for Statistical Purposes (Feb. 14, 2014)

OMB Memorandum M-13-20, Protecting Privacy while Reducing Improper Payments with the Do Not Pay Initiative (Aug. 16, 2013)

OMB Memorandum M-13-13, Open Data Policy – Managing Information as an Asset (May 9, 2013)

Model Privacy Impact Assessment for Agency Use of Third-Party Websites and Applications (Dec. 29, 2011)

OMB Memorandum M-10-23, Guidance for Agency Use of Third-Party Websites and Applications (June 25, 2010)

OMB Memorandum M-10-22, Guidance for Online Use of Web Measurement and Customization Technologies (June 25, 2010)


OMB Memorandum M-07-16, Safeguarding Against and Responding to the Breach of Personally Identifiable Information (May 22, 2007)

OMB Memorandum M-03-22, OMB Guidance for Implementing the Privacy Provisions of the E-Government Act of 2002 (Sept. 26, 2003)

OMB memorandum M-01-05, Guidance on Inter-Agency Sharing of Personal Data - Protecting Personal Privacy (Dec. 20, 2000)

OMB Memorandum for Privacy Act Officers of Departments and Agencies, Status of Biennial Reporting Requirements under the Privacy Act and the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act (June 21, 2000)


OMB Memorandum M-99-18, Privacy Policies on Federal Web Sites (June 2, 1999)

OMB Memorandum M-99-05, Instructions on complying with President’s Memorandum of May 14, 1998, “Privacy and Personal Information in Federal Records” (Jan. 7, 1999)

OMB Memorandum for Agency Chief Information Officers, Biennial Privacy Act and Computer Matching Reports (June 1998)

OMB Memorandum for the Chief Information Officers, Privacy Act Responsibilities for Implementing the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (Nov. 3, 1997)

Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Amendments of 1990 and the Privacy Act of 1974, 56 Fed. Reg. 18,599 (Apr. 23, 1991)


Final guidance Interpreting the Provisions of Public Law 100-503, the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988, 54 Fed. Reg. 25,818 (June 19, 1989)

Guidance on Privacy Act Implications of “Call Detail” Programs, 52 Fed. Reg. 12,290 (Apr. 20, 1987)

OMB Memorandum for the Senior Agency Officials for Information Resources Management, Privacy Act Guidance – Update (May 24, 1985)

OMB Memorandum M-83-11, Guidelines on the Relationship Between the Privacy Act of 1974 and the Debt Collection Act of 1982, 48 Fed. Reg. 15,556 (Apr. 11, 1983)


Implementation of the Privacy Act of 1974, Supplementary Guidance, 40 Fed. Reg. 5,674 (Nov. 21, 1975)

OMB Memorandum to the Heads of Executive Departments and Establishments, Congressional Inquiries which Entail Access to Personal Information Subject to the Privacy Act (Oct. 3, 1975)

Privacy Act Implementation: Guidelines and Responsibilities, 40 Fed. Reg. 28,948 (July 9, 1975)