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Kellie Cosgrove Riley joined OPM in October of 2016 as Chief Privacy Officer. She serves as the principal privacy advisor to the OPM Director and is responsible for formulating and implementing OPM policies related to the collection, maintenance, and use of personally identifiable information. Her responsibilities include ensuring compliance with the Privacy Act, the privacy provisions of the E-Government Act, and other privacy-related laws, regulations, and guidance throughout OPM.

Prior to joining OPM, Ms. Riley spent five years at the Department of Homeland Security. As an Attorney Advisor in the Legal Counsel Division of the Office of the General Counsel, she provided legal advice regarding the Privacy Act, E-Government Act, and other privacy-related legal issues to the DHS Privacy Office. She later served as a Senior Director in the DHS Privacy Office where she was responsible for privacy policy development and implementation, breach response, and information sharing.

Ms. Riley began her government service with the Federal Trade Commission as an attorney in the Bureau of Consumer Protection. There she developed expertise in such privacy-related issues as the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Financial Privacy Rule, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the FTC Act. In addition, she was an Attorney-Advisor to Commissioner Mozelle Thompson advising on a variety of international and domestic consumer protection issues. She also served as the Vice Chair of the FTC’s Privacy Steering Committee, the body responsible for the FTC’s internal privacy policy development and compliance, and as the FTC’s Acting Chief Privacy Officer.

Before beginning her government service, Ms. Riley was an associate with the Washington, D.C. law firm Howrey & Simon and clerked for the Honorable James A. Wynn, Jr. on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. She received her B.A. summa cum laude from Fairfield University and her J.D. with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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