After large-scale incidents of lost information in the federal and private sectors, the Department of Defense (DOD) is still not serious about safeguarding Personally Identifiable Information (PII). Major incidents are not the only threat; small-scale events also have widespread effects. There were "over 100 incidents involving the loss of PII, impacting over 200,000" Navy personnel in the 18 months before July 2007 according to ALNAV 057/07.
For at least the past two years, every uniformed, civilian, and contract member of the Department of the Navy has been required to complete training on protecting PII. This has included a series of presentations: Privacy 100, 101, 102, and 103. The new fiscal year likely signals another round of this so-called training. These "courses" are simple PowerPoint presentations that allow learners to click through the slides until reaching the end, signaled by a course certificate with blanks to fill in one's name and completion date.