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Beyer Statement on OPM Hack

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Washington, July 9, 2015 | Tia Shuyler (202-225-4376) | comments

Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement expressing his shock at news that the personal data of nearly 21.5 million past and present federal employees and contractors was exposed in a breach of Office of Personnel Management (OPM) records.

“This is disturbing news, both in terms of our government’s IT failure and that tens of millions of Americans lost the privacy of their personal data,” said Rep. Beyer. “We must and we will do better, and I will work closely with the Office of Personnel Management and others to ensure that improvements are rapid and deep.” 

Rep. Beyer’s Northern Virginia Congressional District is home to nearly 77,000 federal employees. As Ranking Member on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s (SST) Subcommittee on Oversight, Rep. Beyer called for a hearing, held yesterday, where he expressed his concerns, stating, “the personal and professional impact of the OPM breach on our already underpaid, underappreciated, and overworked federal employees cannot be overstated. We must do whatever is necessary to protect our civil servants and the work they are committed to.”

More about the OPM hack – including resources for those affected – can be found here.

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