[Federal Register: March 24, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 57)]
[Page 14934]


Office of the Secretary

Public Workshop: Transparency and Accountability: The Use of 
Personal Information Within the Government

AGENCY: Privacy Office, Department of Homeland Security.

ACTION: Notice announcing public workshop.


SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security Privacy Office will host a 
public workshop, ``Transparency and Accountability: The Use of Personal 
Information within the Government,'' to explore the concept of public 
notices and freedom of information frameworks.

DATES: The workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2006, in 
Washington, DC from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The Privacy Workshop will be held in the Horizon Ballroom at 
the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 
Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC, 20004.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathleen Kavanaugh, Privacy Office, 
Department of Homeland Security, Arlington, VA, 22202 by telephone 
(571) 227-3813, by facsimile (571) 227-4171, or by e-mail 
[email protected]

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 
Privacy Office is holding a public workshop to explore comparative 
government frameworks on transparency and accountability. The program 
will be organized into three panel discussions that will allow for 
presentation of a broad range of perspectives provided by experts from 
United States and foreign governments. In addition to the panel 
discussions, time will be allotted during the workshop for questions 
and comments from the audience.
    The program will begin with a discussion of privacy notices as a 
transparency tool, followed by a discussion of the Freedom of 
Information Act (FOIA), and in particular, how the law has provided 
accountability on government use of personal information. The workshop 
will conclude with a comparison of international freedom of information 
laws. The workshop is open to the public and there is no fee for 
attendance. For general security purposes, the Ronald Reagan Building 
requires that all attendees show a valid form of photo identification, 
such as a driver's license, to enter the building.
    The Privacy Office will post additional information about the 
workshop, including a detailed agenda, on the DHS Privacy Office Web 
site at http://www.dhs.gov/privacy prior to the event. A transcript of 
the workshop will be posted shortly after the workshop.

    Dated: March 15, 2006.
Maureen Cooney,
Acting Chief Privacy Officer, Chief Freedom of Information Officer.
[FR Doc. E6-4227 Filed 3-23-06; 8:45 am]