Statement of NARFE National President Ken Thomas on OPM Data Breach Update

  
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (November 27, 2018) – In response to a media report that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is rebidding a contract providing identity theft protection for federal employees, retirees and contractors affected by cyberattacks in 2015, NARFE National President Ken Thomas issued the following statement:

“In 2015, nearly 22 million current and former federal employees and contractors saw their privacy violated and personal information compromised in two cyberattacks within OPM. At that time, the lack of information available fueled rumors and exacerbated the unease of federal employees and retirees. Now, once again, we find ourselves left with more questions than answers. For the past three years, it has been well-known that the current contract providing identity theft protection to those affected expires at the end of 2018. I am disappointed to learn that OPM is only now in the beginning stages of providing the victims protection for the next seven years, as mandated by Congress.

“The failure of OPM to adequately safeguard the personal information of federal employees, retirees, prospective employees and their families should not be compounded by uncertainty over what’s next for those affected. If OPM is truly committed to assisting the victims find some sense of security and normalcy, OPM must provide them with timely notification and reassuring information regarding their identity theft protection and insurance for the next seven years.

“Many in the federal community are living their lives with the ever-looming burden of vulnerability due to the compromise of their personal information. It may be years before criminals use the information that was taken, and it is only fair to provide continued financial protection for the many victims who spent a lifelong career in federal service. In addition to the next seven years of coverage, NARFE calls on Congress to provide lifetime coverage to the victims of these cyberattacks.”

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The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), one of America’s oldest and largest associations, was founded in 1921 with the mission of protecting the earned rights and benefits of America’s active and retired federal workers. The largest federal employee/retiree organization, NARFE represents the interests of 5 million current and future federal annuitants, spouses and survivors.

CONTACT:
Jill Talley
NARFE Deputy Director, Public Relations
jtalley@narfe.org
(703)838-7760


 

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Statement of NARFE National President Ken Thomas on OPM Data Breach Update

  
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (November 27, 2018) – In response to a media report that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is rebidding a contract providing identity theft protection for federal employees, retirees and contractors affected by cyberattacks in 2015, NARFE National President Ken Thomas issued the following statement:

“In 2015, nearly 22 million current and former federal employees and contractors saw their privacy violated and personal information compromised in two cyberattacks within OPM. At that time, the lack of information available fueled rumors and exacerbated the unease of federal employees and retirees. Now, once again, we find ourselves left with more questions than answers. For the past three years, it has been well-known that the current contract providing identity theft protection to those affected expires at the end of 2018. I am disappointed to learn that OPM is only now in the beginning stages of providing the victims protection for the next seven years, as mandated by Congress.

“The failure of OPM to adequately safeguard the personal information of federal employees, retirees, prospective employees and their families should not be compounded by uncertainty over what’s next for those affected. If OPM is truly committed to assisting the victims find some sense of security and normalcy, OPM must provide them with timely notification and reassuring information regarding their identity theft protection and insurance for the next seven years.

“Many in the federal community are living their lives with the ever-looming burden of vulnerability due to the compromise of their personal information. It may be years before criminals use the information that was taken, and it is only fair to provide continued financial protection for the many victims who spent a lifelong career in federal service. In addition to the next seven years of coverage, NARFE calls on Congress to provide lifetime coverage to the victims of these cyberattacks.”

# # # 

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), one of America’s oldest and largest associations, was founded in 1921 with the mission of protecting the earned rights and benefits of America’s active and retired federal workers. The largest federal employee/retiree organization, NARFE represents the interests of 5 million current and future federal annuitants, spouses and survivors.

CONTACT:
Jill Talley
NARFE Deputy Director, Public Relations
jtalley@narfe.org
(703)838-7760


 

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This is the only website that reflects the official opinions and positions of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE). Opinions and/or positions that appear on any other site bearing NARFE's name or seal are not necessarily those of NARFE. Click here for Privacy Statement.   NARFE has been certified by Dun & Bradstreet.