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About Office of Privacy and Records Management (OPRM)

Who We Are

The Office of Privacy and Records Management (OPRM) integrates privacy considerations into the ways in which the VA uses technologies and handles information. OPRM also oversees activities related to creation, maintenance, and use of records. OPRM achieves this through the following Service Areas: VA Privacy Service, Enterprise Records Service, Freedom of Information Act Service, Identify Safety Service, and Incident Resolution Service.

What We Do

  • Develops guidance and assists in the identification, implementation, and maintenance of enterprise-wide information privacy policies and procedures in coordination with stakeholders
  • Executes initial and periodic information privacy risk assessments and conduct related on-going compliance monitoring activities in coordination with other compliance and operational assessment functions
  • Establishes policy and oversees VA’s Release of Names process, storage of information, firewall protection and System of Records
  • Serves on appropriate privacy and governance boards
  • Oversees, directs, delivers, and ensures delivery of privacy training and orientation to all employees, volunteers, medical and professional staff, contractors, alliances, business associates, and other appropriate third parties, including initial orientation and on-going education and awareness campaigns
  • Establishes with management and operations, a mechanism to track access to protected information, including health information within the purview of the organizations and as required by law; develops reporting procedures to allow qualified individuals to review access information
  • Works cooperatively across the VA with the VHA and other applicable organizational units in overseeing patient rights to inspect, amend and restrict access to protected health information and other personal information
  • Establishes and administers a process for receiving, documenting, tracking, investigating, and taking action on all complaints concerning the organization’s privacy policies and procedures in coordination and collaboration with other similar functions and, when necessary, legal counsel

These services are offered through the following: