Office of the Federal Register (OFR)

Privacy Act Issuances

The Privacy Act Issuances (Compilations, 1995-Forward) are available online, free of charge, on the GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys), maintained by the U.S. Government Publishing Office.

In compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), the Office of the Federal Register compiles and published biennially --

  • Descriptions of system of records maintained on individuals by Federal agencies which were published in the Federal Register; and
  • Rules of each agency which set out the procedures that agencies will follow in helping individuals who request information about their records.

Publication History

The Privacy Act of 1974 also requires the Office to publish the compilation in a form available to the public at a low cost.

The Privacy Act Compilation was published in five volumes and sold by the Government Publishing Office (GPO) from 1976 through 1979. GPO discontinued selling the paper publication in 1979 because of low sales.

After 1979, the Compilation was still published in five volumes, but was made available to the public by the Federal Register Office upon request. Most requests were filled by referring the requester to the Federal Depository Libraries which receive all Federal Register publications.

  • The 1993 edition was published in CD-Rom format.
  • Privacy Act Compilations for 1995-Forward are only available online via GPO's FDsys website.