IRS has new privacy advocate on board

IRS has new privacy advocate on board

Lawyer and former Office of Management and Budget policy analyst Maya Bernstein began work today as the IRS' privacy advocate.

Bernstein replaced Peggy Irving, who left IRS several months ago. Bernstein will develop policies to protect taxpayer and IRS employee information and ensure that the policies are integrated into all IRS practices and modernization efforts.

'As technology enables the IRS to modernize, privacy becomes an evermore important issue,' said David Williams, chief of the Communications and Liaison Division, of which the Office of the Privacy Advocate is part.

Bernstein, a lawyer with expertise in information policy and e-commerce, most recently was a consultant in information policy and administrative law in the private sector.

Previously, she spent nine years as a senior policy analyst at OMB and was the administration's lead analyst on privacy policy, routinely advising government lawyers on implementation of the Privacy Act of 1974.

Bernstein earned her law degree from American University and has pursued graduate studies in science, technology and society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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