In today’s Federal Newscast, the Office of Personnel Management’s inspector general says the agency is not keeping a good enough eye on the companies its contracted for identity theft protection.
Identity theft protection coverage with ID Experts will continue for victims of the Office of Personnel Management’s 2015 cyber breaches, the company announced Tuesday.
Individuals enrolled in the Office of Personnel Management’s free identity protection service don’t need to take action while recompetes its existing contract over the next six months. OPM’s existing contract was supposed to expire on Dec. 31, 2018.
New numbers from the Office of Personnel Management show that only about 2.7 million people — or roughly 11 percent — out of the 21.5 million victims of the two OPM data breaches last year have enrolled in free identity protection services.
The Office of Personnel Management has already announced plans to provide up to three years of identity theft protection for the more than 21 million people involved in its massive data breach. But several U.S. senators are saying that’s not good enough. The Senate delegations from Maryland and Virginia are jointly sponsoring legislation that pay for protection services for breach victims for the rest of their lives — and grant them $5 million insurance policies against identity theft. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is one of the sponsors. He tells In Depth guest host Jared Serbu that the services OPM’s offering aren’t enough.