US Department of Education Gets an F on Security Review of Student, Parent and Family Data

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The Federal Government is failing us on protecting the  Student, Parent and Family Data it is collecting.

The Federal Government cannot even put together a basic health care site. They are collecting all kinds of data every day.

Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), was livid:

The Federal Government cannot even put together a basic health care site, and they are collecting all kinds of data every day.

The Federal Government cannot even put together a basic health care site, and they are collecting all kinds of data every day.

The data breach at the Office of Personnel Management “should be a watershed moment for federal information security, that doesn’t seem to be the case,” said Committee Chairman Chaffetz.

The revelations came out at the Department of Education information security review done by the
Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Nov. 17th.

• The Department of Education (DoEd) has at least 139 million unique social security numbers in its Central Processing System (CPS).
• Reminiscent of OPM’s dangerous behavior, DoEd is not heeding repeat warnings from the Inspector General (IG) that their information systems are vulnerable to security threats.
• In the IG’s latest report, there were 6 repeat findings and 10 repeat recommendations.

But the big finding,

• The DOE received an “F” on the FITARA scorecard

They shouldn’t be collecting most of it in the first place, but they can’t keep it secure and aren’t working on doing so! At risk is also a plethora of federal student loan records.

One of the very serious ramifications of Common Core and it’s cousins is the student, parent, and family data mining. It is not just being attempted, but being accomplished. Records are being gathered in a number of ways, many outside of Common Core.

From responding to cyber attacks to updating its software and hardware, the DOA is doing a poor job on everything. That includes monitoring its computer networks for threats.

Those networks house millions of records on students and their parents. The department has a long list of recommendations it still hasn’t implemented.

The issue is almost silent in the presidential debate.

In 2013, Obama and Congress essentially gutted FERPA to enable schools to release a child’s records without the consent of parents.

In 2012 Marco Rubio co-sponsored a bill that would have swept away barriers to the Feds compiling and tracking of personal information on students.

The ‘Student Right to Know Act’ died in committee thank goodness but last month Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) resuscitated it. Lame!

Donald Trump said this month that he would close the loopholes in the federal privacy law to ensure that students’ personal information remained private.

Grassroots parent activist Ann Marie Banfield brought the issue of student data mining and Common Core to Trump during an event. Trump said he "didn’t know Common Core was so complicated.”

Grassroots parent activist Ann Marie Banfield brought the issue of student data mining and Common Core to Trump during an event.
Trump said he “didn’t know Common Core was so complicated.”

Dr. Susan Berry reports in Breitbart that grassroots parent activist Ann Marie Banfield is on it. She brought the issue of student data mining and Common Core to Trump during an event in New Hampshire called “Politics and Eggs,”

How does anybody favor Common Core?” Trump asked.

Isn’t this ridiculous?” Trump responded when Banfield addressed Obama’s obliterating FERPA, removing parental consent from private student and family information being released,

You could have local education, with local people, and local schools, and you don’t have a problem. But some bureaucrat in Washington just wants to make money.

But Trump goes on to say,I didn’t know Common Core was so complicated.

Many candidates on many levels don’t. It is our job to help them understand. Kudo’s Ann Marie!

CommonCore and its cousins are rotting American Education at an alarming rate. Cartoon by Tony Branco | ComicallyIncorrect.com

CommonCore and its cousins are rotting American Education at an alarming rate. Cartoon by Tony Branco | ComicallyIncorrect.com

Every candidate should be receiving questions all over the country about Education, CommonCore, No Child Left Behind, Career Readiness, Data Mining, Textbooks…

Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have been vocal opponents to federal involvement in local education as well as unnecessary mass data collection.

Cruz firmly believes that, “We should repeal every word of Common Core,” … “We should get the federal government out of the business of curriculum.

But the bulk of the candidates could really care less.

The Pulse 2016, American Principles in Action, and Cornerstone Policy Research released  a Common Core score card on all of the major Republican candidates this summer.

Ted, Rand, Trump and Carson were the A-B students.

Christie, Bush and Kasich were failures. Maybe that is why they are silent on the subject.

Fiorina and Rubio have been mediocre at best and Rubio has priors.

Data Mining was 1 of 3 criteria used in the scorecard.

In the meantime, while they are compiling a life history of our kids, they are stressing them out as well….

…and there are those that say our schools are headed in the right direction.. Sigh!

 

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Scott Osborn is a Writer, Preacher, Political activist, as well as the Social Media Director for the TV Comedy Show, The Flipside with Michael Loftus. Scott hosts several radio shows, including the wildly popular “Conover U” starring Rodney Lee & the Preacher..

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