Please send your requests, general questions, comments, or concerns along with your name, phone number and email address to the DoDEA Privacy Office at the below email address:
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A PII breach is a loss of control, compromise, unauthorized disclosure, unauthorized acquisition, unauthorized access, or any similar term referring to situations where persons other than authorized users and for an other than authorized purpose have access or potential access to personally identifiable information, whether physical or electronic. This includes, but is not limited to, posting PII on public-facing websites; sending PII via e-mail to unauthorized recipients; providing hard copies of PII to individuals without a need to know; loss of electronic devices or media on which PII is stored; use of PII by employees for unofficial business; and all other unauthorized access to and use of PII.
The most important thing to do if you discover that a breach of PII has occurred or is ongoing is to STOP IT as soon as possible.
1. If there is a suspected or confirmed Privacy breach, fill out Form DD2959, Breach of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) Report, to report it immediately.
2. After you complete the form, submit it to the Privacy Office within 24 hours of discovery.
NOTE: The DD2959 form should also be used to report updates to previous submissions.
DoDEA employees responsible for a PII breach will be required, at minimum, to complete the Safeguarding PII Course and submit the Certificate/Notice of Completion to their supervisor and the DoDEA Privacy Office. DoDEA supervisors must report to the Privacy Office within 15 days of the breach what disciplinary and/or administrative actions were assessed against those personnel responsible for a breach.
Please send general questions, comments, or concerns along with your name, phone number and email address to the DoDEA Privacy Office at the below email address:
NOTE: This email address is NOT for Privacy Act Requests.
A Privacy Act (PA) Request is one in which a United States citizen or Legal Permanent Resident seeks records on themselves that are contained in a file retrievable by the individual's name or personal identifier. Privacy Act Requests must be submitted IN WRITING; must be signed by you; and must include the name and number of the related System of Records Notice (SORN).
The request must include a valid form of identification, such as a copy of a photo ID or driver's license (both sides).
Include your full name, current address and email address, so we may contact you if questions arise.
Describe the record you are seeking in detail. Details may include information about the document; the specific System of Records Notice (SORN) if known, including the System ID and System Name, where the records can be found; and the time frame to be searched.
Only the individual to whom the record pertains can request the records.
Sign your request. Your signature must be notarized or submitted via an unsworn declaration in accordance with 28 U.S.C. 1746, a law that permits statements to be made under penalty of perjury as a substitute for notarization.
If you are executing the unsworn declaration within the United States, its territories, possessions, or commonwealths, it must read as follows: "I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature)."
If you are executing the unsworn declaration outside the United States, it must read as follows: "I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature)."
Privacy Act Requests CANNOT be submitted electronically; please use the below mailing address:
Department of Defense Education Activity Attn: Privacy/FOIA Officer 4800 Mark Center Drive Alexandria, Virginia 22350
The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 requires Federal agencies to obtain approval from OMB each time they propose to collect or sponsor, even under a contract or other agreement, the collection of identical information from more than nine respondents. In addition, activities related to development or testing of data collection plans are also subject to OMB review and approval if identical information is sought from more than nine respondents in either a formal or informal manner.
NOTE: OMB interprets the use of Internet surveys as surveys requiring approval if these fall into the above guidelines. However, see below under Surveys NOT Requiring a Clearance for additional information.
Generic clearance involves advance approval of a well-defined class of low-burden data collections (a bundle of individual collection requests) that are not fully documented until they are actually used. A generic clearance typically includes a set of agreements negotiated between the sponsoring agency and OMB, covering limitations on methods and usage, a burden cap, a periodic reporting requirement to update the OMB Docket, and a commitment by OMB to review any specific application quickly.
Generic clearances require more than 100 days for approval by OMB. The specific application usage review by OMB, following the generic clearance, is purported to take only 10 days once the generic clearance has been granted. Generic clearances are usually effective for three years. After the three year time-period, the generic clearance can be renewed by following the 100-day process described above.
Burden means "total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency." The burden consists only of expenditures on information collection activities beyond those that "would be incurred by persons in the normal course of their activities"; it does not include expenditures on reporting, recordkeeping, or disclosure activities that are "usual and customary."
Generic Clearance Package Requirements:
OMB provides for a simplified generic clearance for customer satisfaction surveys made in compliance with the Executive Order. The proposal should include:
Please send your requests, general questions, comments, or concerns along with your name, phone number and email address to the DoDEA Information Collection Office at the below email address:
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is committed to protecting the privacy of employees, students, and members of the public. The DoDEA.edu website is provided as a public service by the Department of Defense Education Activity Communications Division.
Information presented on this website is considered public information and may be distributed or copied unless otherwise specified. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.
If you choose to provide us with personal information -- like filling out a Contact Us form with email and/or postal addresses -- we only use that information to respond to your message or request. We will only share the information you give us with another government agency if your inquiry relates to that agency, or as otherwise required by law. We never create individual profiles or give it to privately owned companies or organizations. DoDEA.edu never collects information for commercial marketing and does not sell or rent any of your personal information. While you must provide an email address or postal address for a response other than those generated automatically in response to questions or comments that you may submit, we recommend that you NOT include any other personal information or other sensitive factors, especially Social Security Numbers. DoDEA enforces strict adherence to DTM 07-015 and DoDI 1000.30 and has prohibited the intake/distribution of SSN on all methods of collection.
We maintain a variety of physical, technical and administrative safeguards to protect your personal information. For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this government computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.
Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. Raw data logs are used for no other purposes and are scheduled for regular destruction in accordance with Office of the Secretary of Defense Records Disposition Schedules, Record Group 330, and National Archives and Records Administration guidelines.
Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.
If you have any questions or comments about the information presented here, please forward them to us using our Contact Us page.
Use of Measurement and Customization Technology:
This website uses measurement and customization technology known as a "cookies." Cookies are used to remember a user's online interactions with a website or online application to conduct measurement and analysis of usage or to customize the user's experience.
Two kinds of cookies are used on this website. A single-session cookie (Tier 1) is a line of text that is stored temporarily on a user's computer and deleted as soon as the browser is closed. A persistent or multisession cookie (Tier 2) is saved to a file on a user's hard drive and is called up the next time that user visits a website. Use of these cookies does not involve the collection of a visitor's personally identifiable information.
Cookies are enabled by default to optimize website functionality and customize user experience. Users can choose not to accept the use of these cookies by changing the settings on their local computer's web browser. The USA.gov website, https://www.usa.gov/optout-instructions, provides general instructions on how to opt out of cookies and other commonly used web measurement and customization technologies. Opting out of cookies still permits users to access comparable information and services; however, it may take longer to navigate or interact with the website if a user is required to fill out certain information repeatedly.
Tier 1 cookies are used for technical purposes to improve a user experience and to allow users to more easily navigate the website.
Akamai speeds the delivery of content and applications for customers through using automatic, intermediate and temporary information storage to make the onward transmission of that information to other recipients more efficient. Temporary storage processes retain information only as long as is reasonably necessary to transmit the data. Intermediate storage processes retain information only so long as is reasonably necessary for continued transmission, to maintain the security of the network and the data, to monitor and improve website performance and for related administrative purposes. Akamai does not collect, use or disclose your personally identifiable information.
Foresee Results software measures user satisfaction and assesses website effectiveness through optional surveys presented to website visitors. The information gathered from these surveys is used to identify and prioritize improvements to functional website elements and content for visitors. Survey users provide ratings and feedback related to a series of questions about website performance, aesthetics, usability, user experience, and so forth; however, users are not required to provide any personal information. Tier 2 cookies are used to remember if the user has already been offered the survey and to ensure that users are prompted only once every 60 days.
SiteImprove and Google Analytics collect aggregate statistics of website visitor characteristics, traffic, and activity. This information is used to assess what content is of most and least interest, determine technical design specifications, and identify system performance or problem areas. The software records a variety of data, including IP addresses (the locations of computers or networks on the internet), unique visits, page views, hits, referring websites and what hyperlinks have been clicked. Tier 2 cookies are used to distinguish between summary statistics for users who have been to the site before and those that are visiting the site for the first time. The Department of Defense Education Activity does not gather, request, record, require, collect or track any internet users' personally identifiable information through these processes.
Client side opt-out mechanisms allow the user to opt out of web measurement and customization technologies by changing the settings of a specific application or program on the user's local computer. For example, users may be able to disable persistent cookies by changing the settings on commonly used web browsers. For general instructions on how to opt out of some of the most commonly used web measurements and customization technologies, go to https://www.usa.gov/optout-instructions.
Use of Third-Party Websites and Applications
Third-party websites and applications that are not owned, operated, or controlled by the Department of Defense Education Activity are integral to internet-based operations across DoDEA and used to augment official communication. These capabilities include, but are not limited to, networking services, media sharing services, wikis and data mashups. A list of DoDEA's authorized pages and uses of these services is available at https://www.dodea.edu/aboutDoDEA/DoDEA-Websites.cfm. These sites may collect personally identifiable information and may make it available to the DoDEA and other users; however, the information is not collected on behalf of, nor is it provided specifically for DoDEA. DoDEA does not harvest and additionally collect, maintain, share or otherwise use such personally identifiable information for any purpose other than that for which it is made available to all users.