OPM data breach: Credit monitoring services extended

Federal employees affected by the 2015 Office of Personnel Management data breach will be getting an extension to their free credit report data monitoring services.

More than 20 million people had their personal information compromised in the breach, and were promised at least 10 years of credit monitoring. But the first round of contracted monitoring ran for only three years—and those contracts are running out in December.

OPM is current looking for a new credit monitoring service, but contends that there will be no gaps in service during the process.

“Individuals currently receiving services through ID Experts (MyIDCare) will not experience any change to their current coverage, and do not need to take any further action at this time. Individuals will also continue to be automatically covered by identity restoration and identity theft insurance,” OPM’s service update states.

“You will continue to receive government-sponsored coverage from ID Experts at no cost to you for an additional six months,” it continued.

That extends the date to June 30, 2019. More information is available here.

Reader comments

Wed, Jun 5, 2019 Frank Cordova El Paso, TX

AllClear Fraud Alerts with Credit Monitoring™ given to me and paid by the fed. gov. is expiring on 06/30/19 - this will only be 4 years of monitoring not 10 years as promised. Please let me know what else can be done.

Wed, Dec 12, 2018

Kudos to the minions at OPM. They know how to fix everything! They know how to take care of such breaches by promoting the ones responsible.

Mon, Dec 3, 2018 Liviu Giuroiu

I retired in 2015, and I was one of those affected by the breach. It's very interesting that about a year ago, I was told that my monitoring was over. However, my wife's was not! What's going on?

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