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OPM security breach update

from NARFE

The resignation of Katherine Archuleta as director of the Office of Personnel Management capped weeks of drama over the agency's cybersecurity breaches. Read NARFE President Richard G. Thissen's statement on Archuleta's resignation on the NARFE website.

OPM issued a press release July 9 with new information on the second breach, which was originally announced June 12. While OPM had previously confirmed that 4.2 million individuals were affected by the first breach of personnel records, it said that 21.5 million individuals were affected by the second breach. Of those affected, 3.6 million were hit by both breaches, putting the final tally at 22.1 million individuals affected by these intrusions into OPM’s computer systems. Those impacted by the second breach include 19.7 million individuals who applied for a background investigation, such as federal employees; federal retirees; contractors and job applicants; and 1.8 million nonapplicants, predominantly spouses or cohabitants of applicants.

Those impacted will be notified once OPM selects a vendor to provide credit monitoring and other services. This process will take several more weeks. There is no sign that information has been misused since the breaches were discovered by OPM in May. As of now, there is no indication that systems holding retirement, health, financial or payroll information were compromised. OPM is updating its Frequently Asked Questions page on a regular basis.

NARFE continues to be in communication with OPM officials. More details can be found on NARFE's updated OPM Security Breach page on the NARFE website.

If you have questions, please continue to contact NARFE's Federal Benefits Service Department at or 703-838-7760. more

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