It Was OPM, Not a Contractor, That First Discovered Data Breach

A letter released by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform gives credit to OPM rather than one of its contractors for discovering the data breach on the agency’s computer network that left the personal information of millions of current and former federal employees vulnerable.

According to a letter released by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Office of Personnel Management discovered the data breaches on its servers rather than the contractor CyTech.

According to some past claims, CyTech employees met with OPM officials to demonstrate a product and that in doing so, discovered some “unknown processes” running on the OPM computer system that needed further investigation which may have been the initial discovery of the data breach.

According to the letter’s author, Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), OPM actually discovered the breach a few days before the CyTech presentation. The House Committee reached this conclusion after obtaining and analyzing data and testimony on the data breaches.

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Ian Smith is one of the co-founders of He has over 20 years of combined experience in media and government services, having worked at two government contracting firms and an online news and web development company prior to his current role at FedSmith.