Ouch! OPM Data Breach Creates Bipartisan Outrage

Update 7/10/15:  OPM Director Archuleta has resigned her position at OPM.  You can get some details at this PJ Media post.  Looks like the bipartisan tongue-lashing had an effect.

In case you’ve been asleep for the last few weeks, you are probably aware that the United States Office of Personnel Management experienced a cyber attack that compromised the personnel files of the US government.  That’s a lot of personnel files, if, by chance, y’all didn’t know.  If you aren’t caught up on how severe the attack really was, you can take a look at this Washington Times editorial.  WT says, in part:

THE OTHER shoe is expected to drop this week on the disastrous loss of confidential information from the databases of the Office of Personnel Management. The agency is expected to reveal the extent to which information from security investigations of current, former and prospective federal employees and contractors was compromised. The background checks often unearth sensitive and intimate matters, and the loss may put many at risk of blackmail. The agency is expected to reveal this week how many dossiers were taken, but reports suggest it was in the millions. The breach comes on top of a separate intrusion in which personally identifiable information on 4.2 million federal workers was filched from the OPM databases.

The US military is deeply concerned, as you can see if you take a look at this post at the Navy Times.  US service personnel are at risk as a result of the data breach.  From the Navy Times article:

Given the scale of the breach as publicly disclosed by the Obama administration and OPM, it’s likely that the hackers obtained the SF-86 data of every military member who filled out the form on a computer, something that has been standard practice in Defense Department for well over a decade, said a retired senior intelligence community official who writes a blog under the pen name Victor Socotra.

The best that can be said for the OPM hack is that it has at least unified both US political parties in outrage; not only at the breach of what everyone agrees should have been secure files, but also at the way that OPM managers handled the crisis.   Roll Call has been following the House Oversight Committee hearings concerning the data hack, and they have posted a short highlight video of the hearings.  I’ll just say this by way of introducing the video:  I’m glad I wasn’t sitting in the hot seat for this one.

Since I know how much our readers like to see Trey Gowdy in action, I’m also embedding one of Trey’s turns at the microphone.

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