The Office of Personnel Management was improving the cybersecurity of its IT systems, when it discovered hackers had breached two of its networks.
The Office of Personnel Management announced today that 21.5 million people were affected by the second breach of its background investigation databases. This includes 19.7 million people who applied for a background check, as well as another 1.8 million people whose personal information was included on clearance applications, such as spouses.
Katherine Archuleta’s recent time in the congressional hot seat is a wake-up call for all agency executives. Chief information officers that oversee cyber at their agencies are scrambling to meet the 30-day cyber sprint imposed by Federal Chief Technology Officer Tony Scott. Steve Cooper is the chief information officer at the Commerce Department. He tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller why now is the opportunity for the entire agency to look at the way it does cyber.
With the e-QIP system shutdown for four-to-six weeks, OPM and ODNI told agencies to get hard copies of the forms from new hires, or employees or contractors needing reinvestigations.
Rep. Gerry Connolly isn’t so confident in OPM after the agency misspelled his name when determining if he was impacted by the cyber breach.
Three hearings. Nearly seven hours of testimony. Enough frustration to fill the Potomac River. That was Katherine Archuleta’s week. The director of the Office of Personnel Management had a bullseye on her back as House…
A cybersecurity problem with the Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) system forces the Office of Personnel Management to shut it down for four-to-six weeks, potentially impacting thousands of current and prospective federal workers and contractors trying to get security clearances.
The Office of Personnel Management has extended credit monitoring services to just a fraction of the victims of the recent breaches on its personnel databases. Many more — including federal employees’ family members and contractors — are wondering if and when they’ll be offered the same treatment.
OPM’s data breach, which has spawned its own hashtag, is one of those drip-drip stories in which details come out serially, although not all that clearly.
Tony Scott, the federal chief information officer, said he fully supports OPM Director Katherine Archuleta and CIO Donna Seymour in their efforts to address long-standing cyber challenges, and cautions lawmakers to ‘be careful about distinguishing fire starters from firefighters.’