The Privacy Act of 1974: An Assessment. APPENDIX 4 TO The Report of The Privacy Protection Study Commission.. Department of Agriculture (DOA)


For implementing the Privacy Act and monitoring compliance with it, the Department of Agriculture has been divided into 29 semi-autonomous groups, each of which has its own Privacy Act coordinator and bears the principal responsibility for its own activities. The Farmers Home Adminis-tration, for example, issues directives to its subunits on implementation and compliance and runs a modest instructional program for personnel in its various State and local offices. Similarly, the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) issues its own implementing and instructional directives. Each ASCS State office has an official who is responsible for the administration of the Act within its jursidiction, including compliance monitoring. The ASCS periodically reviews the activities of some State and field offices to monitor compliance with the provisions of the Act.