Does the Recent Spending Bill Expand ID Theft Protection for Federal Employees?

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Q.  I’ve heard that the recent tax and spending legislation expanded identity theft protection to federal employees who were affected by the OPM data breach. Did Congress actually do something nice for federal employees?

A.  Yes, Congress did give federal employees a Christmas present.  The present can be found in Section 632 of Title VI of Division E of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act of 2016, and provides for ten years of no-cost identity theft monitoring services and $5M of identity theft insurance.

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