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Donald Hawkins, Chief, Office of Privacy

Background Experience/Significant Achievements:

Since his appointment in November 2007 as USCIS Chief Privacy Officer, Donald K. Hawkins directs agency-wide efforts to ensure USCIS adheres to federal privacy laws, regulations and Department of Homeland Security policy; and sustains privacy protections and the transparency of USCIS’ operations, while achieving the mission of USCIS and the Department.

The diversity and range of Mr. Hawkins’ experience has prepared him for the unique opportunities and challenges that come with leading privacy efforts within an agency that includes a workforce of more than 18,000 dedicated staff, serving the needs of individuals seeking United States citizenship, naturalization or some other benefit or service provided by USCIS, domestically or internationally.

Prior to joining USCIS, Mr. Hawkins held various positions within the Federal Government including at the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons; the Executive Office of the President; the Office of Management and Budget; and the Department of Homeland Security; U.S. Secret Service.  In addition, he served in the United States Air Force from 1980 to 2003.

Mr. Hawkins is a Certified International Privacy Professional, through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). 


Mr. Hawkins earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Organizational Management.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 08/17/2010