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Feds affected by OPM breach could get a lifetime of protection

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.

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