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Privacy of Employee Data

June 6, 2017


National Academy of Sciences
Members Room
2101 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC



The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine organized a one-day symposium on the privacy of employee data on June 6, 2017. This event built off our report, Strengthening Data Science Methods for Department of Defense Personnel and Readiness Missions, which offers a roadmap and implementation plan for the integration of data analytics in support of decisions made within the purview of the Department of Defense’s Personnel and Readiness Office. While the report provided an overview of challenges, this symposium more fully explored privacy concerns and best practices for the collection and use of personnel data.  For questions about the event, please contact Michelle Schwalbe at


Event Resources


Download the full report

Download the 4-page summary of the report


Symposium Agenda



Event Videos and Presentations

Constantine Gatsonis, Chair, Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics

Strengthening Data Science Methods for DOD P&R Overview
Sallie Keller, Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech, Arlington
Video - Presentation

Overview of Office of People Analytics
Kristin Williams and David McGrath, Office of People Analytics
Video - Presentation

Best Practices for Protecting Privacy in a Data Enclave
Timothy Mulcahy, NORC, University of Chicago
Video - Presentation

Balancing Usability, Security, and Privacy
Jules Polonetsky, Future of Privacy Forum

Statistical Methodology to Protect Privacy
Jerry Reiter, Duke University
Video - Presentation

OMB Guidance on Privacy
Nancy Potok, Chief Statistician of the United States
Video - Talk Addendum Video

Repurposing Data for Statistical Research
Aaron Schroeder, Virginia Tech, Video, Presentation
Kathy Ensor, Rice University, Video, Presentation
Matthew Graham, Census, Video, Presentation

Social Media and Employee Privacy
Christina Fong, Carnegie Mellon University
Video - Presentation

Wrap-up Discussion



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