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July 21, 2006

DHS names new chief privacy officer

Filed under: DHS News,Privacy and Security — by Christian Beckner on July 21, 2006

From an announcement sent out by DHS this afternoon:

I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Hugo Teufel III as Chief Privacy Officer for the Department of Homeland Security. Hugo is an outstanding professional, who I have counted on for steady judgment and sound advice as the department’s Associate General Counsel. Hugo is highly regarded throughout the department and the legal community for his expertise on privacy, employee relations and civil rights issues.

As Chief Privacy Officer, Hugo will be responsible for ensuring privacy compliance and the protection of personal information as the department continues to carry out its vital mission. Hugo brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this leadership position, having served previously as Associate Solicitor at the Department of the Interior, the Deputy Solicitor General for the state of Colorado, and as an attorney in private practice. Hugo is a graduate of the Washington College of Law at American University, where he was an editor of The Administrative Law Journal, and he is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

I look forward to Hugo’s many contributions to the important work of the Privacy Office and his efforts with the Privacy Office staff to continue to grow a culture of privacy protection throughout the department. Hugo has my appreciation for his continued service, and he has my complete confidence and support as Chief Privacy Officer.

Update (7/24): The AP story on the nomination.

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