Today, NTEU National President Tony Reardon sent a letter to Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Acting Director Margaret Weichert inquiring about the plans for extending credit and identity monitoring, identity theft insurance, and identity restoration services for the 21.5 million individuals impacted by the 2015 background investigations cyber incident as well as the 4.2 million impacted by the 2015 personnel records cyber breach. According to section 632 of Division E of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, Public Law No. 114-113, OPM is required to provide impacted individuals coverage for a period not less than 10 years, lasting through Fiscal Year 2026, and must also provide not less than $5 million in identity theft insurance.
The current contracts for the services provided by ID Experts are set to expire in December 2018. In his letter, Tony requested information about the plan for providing these services past December, the number of current enrollees to be transitioned, and what plans OPM has in place to notify impacted individuals, especially if a new provider is selected and individuals are required to reenroll for credit monitoring and identity restoration services.
OPM has a responsibility to protect the information of its employees, both current and former, as well as their families, who remain greatly concerned about such sensitive information being accessible.
I will keep you posted as information becomes available.