OMB spokesman Chris Ullman said that privacy is an important concern to the President. OMB is conducting a review of all privacy-related measures implemented by the Clinton administration, including the June 2000 OMB directive on cookies. The administration will make public more information on how it plans to address privacy issues in the coming months, Ullman said. In the meantime, he added, OMB is working with agencies to ensure they adhere to the cookies policies.
Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham last week ordered a top-to-bottom review of the agency's online operating practices to ensure that Energy is safeguarding the public's online privacy. The Secretary's order came after the Energy Department's inspector general released a February report that found the agency "cannot provide reasonable assurance to visitors of its publicly accessible Web sites that their privacy is properly protected as required by federal regulations."