Representatives Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) have introduced H.R. 5765, the RECOVER Act, that would provide lifetime credit monitoring and identity theft protection to the approximately 25 million individuals compromised by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breaches announced in 2015. Specifically, the OPM data breaches affected 21.5 million individuals resulting from stolen background investigative materials, as well as 4.2 million current and former federal employees from compromised personnel records. Further information about the incidents, and how to contact the Verification Center, is available from OPM at https://www.opm.gov/cybersecurity/cybersecurity-incidents/.
Under current law, owing to NTEU efforts, the U.S. Government is required to provide credit monitoring and identity theft services to compromised individuals for a period of up to ten years—which will expire at the end of Fiscal Year 2026. NTEU continues to maintain that the coverage period for the credit monitoring and identity theft protection services is not adequate, and that given the nature and severity of the information compromised, federal employees and their families need to be provided with lifetime coverage. We strongly support and urge enactment of H.R. 5765 which would ensure that individuals receive lifetime credit monitoring and identity theft services.
NTEU also continues its efforts on the lawsuit we filed to provide lifetime credit monitoring and identity theft protection for our members, and to ensure that the U.S. Government does not allow such a severe breach of personal information to happen again.