The U.S. Department of Education recently restructured its Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development to include a new Student Privacy Office (“SPPO”). This change followed a directive from the White House (Executive Order 13781) which called for greater efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability in federal agencies. Essentially, it required the elimination of unnecessary agencies.
In addition, the U.S. Department of Education consolidated the Office of Innovation and Improvement and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. President Trump and the U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, have also proposed combining the Education and Labor departments, but this is a merger that requires approval by Congress.