House Committee Wants to Know Why OPM Hasn’t Implemented GAO’s Recommendations

A House Committee wants to know why OPM has failed to implement a number of recommendations made by the Government Accountability Office intended to strengthen OPM’s information security systems.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform recently sent a letter to Office of Personnel Management acting director Beth Cobert asking her why her agency has so far failed to implement 56 recommendations made by the Government Accountability Office.

In the letter, Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said, “While OPM has addressed many of GAO’s recommendations, 56 recommendations remain outstanding, including recommendations related to information security.”

OPM suffered two major data breaches recently that left the personal data of millions of current and former federal employees exposed. Chaffetz referenced these breaches in the letter along with a report that the Committee released recently that detailed some of the history of the situation and tried to answer the “how and why” behind the breaches for the federal workers who were left vulnerable.

Chaffetz went on to ask Cobert in the letter about some specific recommendations GAO had made that have so far not been implemented. Three were categorized as “high-priority” recommendations in regards to the agency’s information security.

Chaffetz for an explanation of why the implementation has been delayed as well as when the Committee can expect to see each one implemented. He gave Cobert until September 26 to respond.

A copy of the letter is included below.

2016-09-12 Oversight Committee letter to Beth Cobert

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