During the second hearing of the week, the Office of Personnel Management defended its hiring of Winvale and CSID despite continued questions about the $21 million contract. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) pressed OPM about the possibility of the second breach impacting 32 million current and former federal employees.
The Office of Personnel Management will hire a special cyber advisor, accelerate the implementation of two-factor authentication and data encryption technologies.
The Office of Personnel Management has heard the complaints loud and clear about the customer service from Winvale and CSID, the companies providing credit monitoring services to federal employees after the 4 million person data breach. OPM director Katherine Archuleta tells Senators she is doing everything she can to ensure current and former federal employees are getting responses to their questions about the breach. Federal News Radio’s Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss just how OPM is improving the performance of its contractors.
The Office of Personnel Management is considering sending an additional request to Congress asking for additional funding in 2016 to help pay for cybersecurity fixes, but members of Congress and the agency’s inspector general say that money may not be what is needed in this situation. The request may come as senators hear why OPM needs $32 million more next year for its IT modernization program.
Katherine Archuleta, the director of the Office of Personnel Management, told Senate Appropriations Committee lawmakers that she is demanding better performance by Winvale and CSID in how the vendors are answering questions from current and retired employees about the data breach. Archuleta also said the breach suffered by KeyPoint Government Solutions in August 2014 gave hackers access to OPM’s network.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) would like to see more focus and urgency by the Office of Personnel Management in its response to two major cyber breaches that have put the personnel information of millions of federal employees at risk.
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Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) joins in the questioning of how OPM made the decision to award a contract to Winvale for credit monitoring services. The senator and AFGE are hearing from current and former federal employees complaining about the services provided under the $20.7 million deal.