DOJ doesn’t want OPM cyber attack victims to receive financial compensation
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Sep 09, 2019
The Department of Justice has submitted a request to a federal court for it to reconsider financial compensation payments to federal employees whose personal information was compromised in the 2015 Office of Personnel Management cyber attacks, the Washington Post reports.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that OPM failed to safeguard the federal employees’ information despite having been targeted by hackers before and warnings from its inspector general that the databases were vulnerable, and “left the door open” for the victims to be financially compensated, according to the article.
The report notes that the American Federation of Government Employees is seeking a monetary damages for victims under the Privacy Act, which provides for awards of at least $1,000 per individual if the government willfully fails to protect private information.