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

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By on December 28, 2015 in Q&A with 0 Comments

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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John Grobe is President of Federal Career Experts, a consulting firm that specializes in federal retirement and career transition issues. He is also affiliated with TSP Safety Net. John retired from federal service after 25 years of progressively more responsible human resources positions. He is the author of Understanding the Federal Retirement Systems and Career Transition: A Guide for Federal Employees, both published by the Federal Management Institute. Federal Career Experts provides pre-retirement seminars for a wide variety of federal agencies.