On June 4, 2015, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced that over four million current and retired federal employees' personally identifying information (PII) was compromised by a cyber data breach. Those whose data was stolen would be notified either via e-mail or post, and would be offered 18 months of free credit monitoring from CSID, a private company that provides identity and fraud protection.
In the following weeks, it was discovered more were affected and there was a second breach, in which data from security clearance forms, SF 86, was stolen. This included data not only on current and retired federal employees, but also separated and prospective employees as well as their family members. It is estimated that now the data breach affects 18 million people, with speculation it affects 32 million. In response, the Federal Managers Association (FMA) issued letters to OPM, President Barack Obama, and Congress, calling for better protections offered to those whose data was jeopardized, and to hold those accountable responsible for their negligence.
FMA will update this page with the latest updates from OPM, FMA actions, and news stories to keep FMA members informed through this trying time.
Updates from OPM
EXAMPLE OF OPM NOTIFICATION LETTER IF FINGERPRINT DATA IS COMPROMISED - October 13, 2015
EXAMPLE OF OPM NOTIFICATION LETTER ON SECURITY CLEARANCE DATA BREACH - October 13, 2015
NOTIFICATION TO VICTIMS OF BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION BREACH HAS BEGUN - October 1, 2015
NUMBER OF FINGERPRINTS STOLEN NOW STANDS AT 5.6 MILLION - September 23, 2015
OPM ANNOUNCES CONTRACT FOR SECURITY CLEARANCE BREACH - September 1, 2015
UPDATE LETTER FROM OPM ACTING DIRECTOR COBERT - August 10, 2015
e-QIP SYSTEM BACK ONLINE - July 23, 2015
EXPLANATION OF CSID ALERTS FOR NEW YORK AND MINNESOTA RESIDENTS - July 17, 2015
FMA Efforts and Outreach on the OPM Data Breach
Below is a listing of work FMA and its members have done since OPM's initial announcement made on June 4, 2015.
FMA LETTER TO MEMBERS ABOUT DATA BREACH - June 5, 2015
The Latest News
FEDS HACKED IN OPM BREACH COULD STILL RECEIVE MORE BENEFITS - June 9, 2016
OPM CIO SEYMOUR RESIGNS DAYS BEFORE OVERSIGHT HEARING - February 23, 2016
OPM RESPONSE TO CYBERBREACH CHALLENGED AGAIN - September 15, 2015
SECURITY CLEARANCE BREACH VICTIMS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY END OF SEPTEMBER - September 2, 2015
SOME OPM HACK VICTIMS WILL WAIT FOUR MONTHS TO RECEIVE NOTIFICATIONS - August 5, 2015
TSP DATA NOT IMPACTED BY OPM BREACHES - July 28, 2015
OPM TO CHARGE AGENCIES FOR SERVICES OFFERED TO HACK VICTIMS - July 21, 2015
NEW OPM DIRECTOR PROMISES TO IMPROVE RESPONSE TO DATA BREACH - July 15, 2015
ARCHULETA RESIGNS - July 10, 2015
A TIMELINE OF GOVERNMENT DATA BREACHES - July 6, 2015
ARCHULETA QUESTIONED ABOUT DATA BREACH BEFORE HOUSE COMMITTEE - June 25, 2015
OPM HACK AFFECTED MORE THAN 18 MILLION PEOPLE - June 18, 2015
DATA BREACH WIDER THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT - June 17, 2015
SENATORS CALL FOR BETTER FINANCIAL PROTECTIONS FOR RETIREES - June 16, 2015
AGENCIES HAVE 30 DAYS TO SECURE CYBER SYSTEMS - June 16, 2015
4 MILLION FEDS COULD BE AFFECTED BY DATA HACK - June 4, 2015