Statement of Richard G. Thissen, NARFE President, on the Resignation of OPM Director Archuleta

July 10, 2015

Following the unprecedented theft of more than 21 million Social Security numbers of federal and contractor employees, job applicants and spouses, as well as highly sensitive security clearance information, Richard G. Thissen, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association President, released the following statement on the resignation of OPM Director Katherine Archuleta, and the appointment of Beth Cobert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, as interim OPM Director:

“OPM needs a proven leader not only to ensure a breach of this magnitude never happens again, but also to provide adequate protection to those affected. The Administration’s first priority must be to protect federal employees, retirees and their loved ones impacted by the breaches. We hope Ms. Cobert heeds our request for lifetime protection. We also call upon her to improve communications between OPM and federal employees and retirees and the groups that represent them.

“NARFE is encouraged to know that Beth Cobert will be taking over the job as interim director. Ms. Cobert, who has been involved in the investigation of the cyberattacks, brings a wealth of management experience and a proven track record of improving performance.

“NARFE’s concerns that a resignation could leave a vacuum in leadership have been adequately addressed by this appointment. As Ms. Archuleta leaves her post amid this crisis, NARFE thanks her for her service to our country and for her efforts to improve cybersecurity at OPM. The failure of OPM to protect those who serve our nation as federal employees was decades in the making. Ms. Archuleta did her best to right the ship and deal with the fallout from the massive data thefts that occurred under her watch, the blame for which must, in fairness, be shared widely.”

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Statement of Richard G. Thissen, NARFE President, on the Resignation of OPM Director Archuleta

July 10, 2015

Following the unprecedented theft of more than 21 million Social Security numbers of federal and contractor employees, job applicants and spouses, as well as highly sensitive security clearance information, Richard G. Thissen, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association President, released the following statement on the resignation of OPM Director Katherine Archuleta, and the appointment of Beth Cobert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, as interim OPM Director:

“OPM needs a proven leader not only to ensure a breach of this magnitude never happens again, but also to provide adequate protection to those affected. The Administration’s first priority must be to protect federal employees, retirees and their loved ones impacted by the breaches. We hope Ms. Cobert heeds our request for lifetime protection. We also call upon her to improve communications between OPM and federal employees and retirees and the groups that represent them.

“NARFE is encouraged to know that Beth Cobert will be taking over the job as interim director. Ms. Cobert, who has been involved in the investigation of the cyberattacks, brings a wealth of management experience and a proven track record of improving performance.

“NARFE’s concerns that a resignation could leave a vacuum in leadership have been adequately addressed by this appointment. As Ms. Archuleta leaves her post amid this crisis, NARFE thanks her for her service to our country and for her efforts to improve cybersecurity at OPM. The failure of OPM to protect those who serve our nation as federal employees was decades in the making. Ms. Archuleta did her best to right the ship and deal with the fallout from the massive data thefts that occurred under her watch, the blame for which must, in fairness, be shared widely.”



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NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association) 606 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314, Phone: (703) 838-7760, Fax: (703) 838-7785.

 

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.