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Board Members

As required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule and Department of Defense (DoD) Health Information Privacy Regulation (DoD 6025.18-R), the TRICARE Management Act (TMA) Privacy Board:

  1. Has members of varying and appropriate professional competency as necessary to review the effect of the research protocol on the individual’s privacy rights and related interests;
  2. Includes at least one member who is not affiliated with the HIPAA covered entity [TMA within the Military Health System], not affiliated with any entity conducting or sponsoring the research, and not related to any person who is affiliated with any of such entities; and
  3. Does not have any member participating in a review of any project in which the member has a conflict of interest.

The following individuals currently serve on the TMA Privacy Board:

  • Linda Thomas, Director, TMA Privacy and Civil Liberties Office (TMA Privacy Office), and TMA Privacy Board Chair
  • Rita DeShields, TMA Data Sharing Compliance Officer, TMA Privacy Office, and TMA Privacy Board Co-Chair
  • Jacob Bournazian, Confidentiality Officer for the Energy Information Administration, Department of Energy
  • Dr. Kenneth Cox, retired Colonel and civilian at the United States Army Public Health Command
  • CAPT John Eckert, Program Manager, Human Research Protection Program, DoD/Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs/TMA Privacy Office
  • Eve Powell-Griner, PhD, Confidentiality Officer for the National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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