The Office of Personnel Management just released more information on the data breaches that hit its computer systems, and the number of victims is now up to over 25 million. If you’re feeling confused about what is going on, you’re not alone. Here are some of the key points based on the latest available information that federal workers should be aware of.
The Office of Personnel Management said today that the personal data of 21.5 million individuals were compromised in the second of two data breaches that hit the agency’s servers.
The National Treasury Employees Union has sued the Office of Personnel Management over the agency’s data breaches, alleging that OPM violated the constitutional rights of federal employees by failing to protect their personal information.
Virginia’s Senators recently expressed some concerns about OPM’s decision to take its security clearance database offline, in particular with respect to how the agency plans to handle the processing backlog in the interim.
Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta said in a recent blog post that the agency had to take its e-QIP system offline temporarily because of a vulnerability discovered within it, but stressed it is not due to malicious activity.
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) has filed a class action lawsuit against the Office of Personnel Management regarding the recent cyberattacks which potentially exposed the personal data of as many as 18 million current and former federal employees.
A group of Republican lawmakers sent a letter to President Obama today requesting that he remove OPM Director Katherine Archuleta and her Chief Information Officer, Donna Seymour, from their jobs because of how they handled the recent data breaches reported at the agency.
The Federal-Postal Coalition sent a letter to President Obama today demanding that he ensure that better communication and credit monitoring services be provided to federal workers who were victimized by the OPM data breaches.
Office of Personnel Management director Katherine Archuleta has a message for federal employees: “I want to make sure that our Federal employee family knows that I continue to work each and every day to make sure that the data OPM is entrusted with protecting is secure now and for the future.”
Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) sent a letter to OPM director Katherine Archuleta in which he expressed concerns about the quality of service being provided by the company her agency selected to provide identity theft monitoring services to federal employees whose personal data was exposed in the recent cybersecurity breach.