6 U.S.C. § 142 : US Code - Section 142: Privacy officer

    (a) Appointment and responsibilities
      The Secretary shall appoint a senior official in the Department,
    who shall report directly to the Secretary, to assume primary
    responsibility for privacy policy, including - 
        (1) assuring that the use of technologies sustain, and do not
      erode, privacy protections relating to the use, collection, and
      disclosure of personal information;
        (2) assuring that personal information contained in Privacy Act
      systems of records is handled in full compliance with fair
      information practices as set out in the Privacy Act of 1974 [5
      U.S.C. 552a];
        (3) evaluating legislative and regulatory proposals involving
      collection, use, and disclosure of personal information by the
      Federal Government;
        (4) conducting a privacy impact assessment of proposed rules of
      the Department or that of the Department on the privacy of
      personal information, including the type of personal information
      collected and the number of people affected;
        (5) coordinating with the Officer for Civil Rights and Civil
      Liberties to ensure that - 
          (A) programs, policies, and procedures involving civil
        rights, civil liberties, and privacy considerations are
        addressed in an integrated and comprehensive manner; and
          (B) Congress receives appropriate reports on such programs,
        policies, and procedures; and

        (6) preparing a report to Congress on an annual basis on
      activities of the Department that affect privacy, including
      complaints of privacy violations, implementation of the Privacy
      Act of 1974 [5 U.S.C. 552a], internal controls, and other
      matters.
    (b) Authority to investigate
      (1) In general
        The senior official appointed under subsection (a) may - 
          (A) have access to all records, reports, audits, reviews,
        documents, papers, recommendations, and other materials
        available to the Department that relate to programs and
        operations with respect to the responsibilities of the senior
        official under this section;
          (B) make such investigations and reports relating to the
        administration of the programs and operations of the Department
        as are, in the senior official's judgment, necessary or
        desirable;
          (C) subject to the approval of the Secretary, require by
        subpoena the production, by any person other than a Federal
        agency, of all information, documents, reports, answers,
        records, accounts, papers, and other data and documentary
        evidence necessary to performance of the responsibilities of
        the senior official under this section; and
          (D) administer to or take from any person an oath,
        affirmation, or affidavit, whenever necessary to performance of
        the responsibilities of the senior official under this section.
      (2) Enforcement of subpoenas
        Any subpoena issued under paragraph (1)(C) shall, in the case
      of contumacy or refusal to obey, be enforceable by order of any
      appropriate United States district court.
      (3) Effect of oaths
        Any oath, affirmation, or affidavit administered or taken under
      paragraph (1)(D) by or before an employee of the Privacy Office
      designated for that purpose by the senior official appointed
      under subsection (a) shall have the same force and effect as if
      administered or taken by or before an officer having a seal of
      office.
    (c) Supervision and coordination
      (1) In general
        The senior official appointed under subsection (a) shall - 
          (A) report to, and be under the general supervision of, the
        Secretary; and
          (B) coordinate activities with the Inspector General of the
        Department in order to avoid duplication of effort.
      (2) Coordination with the Inspector General
        (A) In general
          Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the senior official
        appointed under subsection (a) may investigate any matter
        relating to possible violations or abuse concerning the
        administration of any program or operation of the Department
        relevant to the purposes under this section.
        (B) Coordination
          (i) Referral
            Before initiating any investigation described under
          subparagraph (A), the senior official shall refer the matter
          and all related complaints, allegations, and information to
          the Inspector General of the Department.
          (ii) Determinations and notifications by the Inspector
            General
            (I) In general
              Not later than 30 days after the receipt of a matter
            referred under clause (i), the Inspector General shall - 
                (aa) make a determination regarding whether the
              Inspector General intends to initiate an audit or
              investigation of the matter referred under clause (i);
              and
                (bb) notify the senior official of that determination.
            (II) Investigation not initiated
              If the Inspector General notifies the senior official
            under subclause (I)(bb) that the Inspector General intended
            to initiate an audit or investigation, but does not
            initiate that audit or investigation within 90 days after
            providing that notification, the Inspector General shall
            further notify the senior official that an audit or
            investigation was not initiated. The further notification
            under this subclause shall be made not later than 3 days
            after the end of that 90-day period.
          (iii) Investigation by senior official
            The senior official may investigate a matter referred under
          clause (i) if - 
              (I) the Inspector General notifies the senior official
            under clause (ii)(I)(bb) that the Inspector General does
            not intend to initiate an audit or investigation relating
            to that matter; or
              (II) the Inspector General provides a further
            notification under clause (ii)(II) relating to that matter.
          (iv) Privacy training
            Any employee of the Office of Inspector General who audits
          or investigates any matter referred under clause (i) shall be
          required to receive adequate training on privacy laws, rules,
          and regulations, to be provided by an entity approved by the
          Inspector General in consultation with the senior official
          appointed under subsection (a).
    (d) Notification to Congress on removal
      If the Secretary removes the senior official appointed under
    subsection (a) or transfers that senior official to another
    position or location within the Department, the Secretary shall - 
        (1) promptly submit a written notification of the removal or
      transfer to Houses of Congress; and
        (2) include in any such notification the reasons for the
      removal or transfer.
    (e) Reports by senior official to Congress
      The senior official appointed under subsection (a) shall - 
        (1) submit reports directly to the Congress regarding
      performance of the responsibilities of the senior official under
      this section, without any prior comment or amendment by the
      Secretary, Deputy Secretary, or any other officer or employee of
      the Department or the Office of Management and Budget; and
        (2) inform the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental
      Affairs of the Senate and the Committee on Homeland Security of
      the House of Representatives not later than - 
          (A) 30 days after the Secretary disapproves the senior
        official's request for a subpoena under subsection (b)(1)(C) or
        the Secretary substantively modifies the requested subpoena; or
          (B) 45 days after the senior official's request for a
        subpoena under subsection (b)(1)(C), if that subpoena has not
        either been approved or disapproved by the Secretary.