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Bill aims to protect feds affected by OPM data breach

A new bill aims to protect feds affected by the 2015 Office of Personnel Management data breach, giving them a lifetime of identity theft protection coverage.

The RECOVER Act (Reducing the Effects of the Cyberattack on OPM Victims Emergency Response Act) was introduced by  Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD).

It provides free identity theft protection coverage to current, former and prospective federal employees and contractors whose Social Security numbers were compromised during the security breach.

As it stands, OPM is only required to provide the identify protection coverage to affected individuals through fiscal year 2026. The Norton-Ruppersberger bill requires OPM to provide the coverage for the remainder of the life of the affected individuals.

“There is no limit to the duration of when the compromised personally identifiable information can be used.  The federal government is responsible for the nerve-racking breaches and Congress has an obligation to make affected employees whole by passing our bill,” Norton said in a statement.

Ruppersberger’s statement is available here.

Reader comments

Fri, May 18, 2018

Give the management minions responsible for this breach a big bonus! Oh they probably have left and now working for the contractor monitoring the potential breach of hard working federal employees. Of course no actions were filed against the morons responsible for the breach. So we are supposedly to be thankful for this service which should have been prevented in the first place!

Thu, May 17, 2018

"It provides free identity theft protection coverage..." ______ There is no such thing as free; someone else has to pay. So the bill is really about making other customers pay for the federal employees' coverage.

Wed, May 16, 2018

I wonder how many former OPM minions responsible for the data breach are working for the contractor responsible for the monitoring service.

Tue, May 15, 2018 Russell La Claire Seattle, WA

This is a good step forward. Governments have a much longer time horizon than citizens. This would end the concern of being waited out.

Tue, May 15, 2018 Jenanne IL

That would help considering once they got all our #'s they can use it any day/month/year they want!

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