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U.S. House Chastises OPM using FLEOA Letter

June 25, 2015

Excerpt from the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Government Reform and Oversight hearing regarding the OPM database breach, on June 24, 2015.  The following excerpt is from the opening statement of Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) who read a letter from FLEOA written to the Director Archuleta of OPM, and then he proceeds to enter the letter into the Congressional record.  

CHAFFETZ:

 

I'd ask unanimous consent to enter into the record a letter we received on June 26th from the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association. I want to read part of it. Here are the concerns about the Office of Personnel Management data breaches. Our demands of the government and list of questions remain unanswered. They represent some 28,000 current and retired federal law enforcement officers and special agents from over 65 different agencies.

This is what they wrote: "OPM turns its back on federal law enforcement officers when they fail to protect sensitive information from an inexcusable breach, and OPM's delay and aloof response is a pathetic and irresponsible miscarriage of its obligation to affected Americans. The very lives of federal law enforcement officers are now in danger and the safety and security of innocent people, including their families, are now in jeopardy because of OPM's abysmal failure and its continued ignorance in the severity of the breach."

"The information lost includes personal, financial, location information of these officers and their families, leaving them vulnerable to attack and retaliation from criminals and terrorists currently or formerly investigated by the United States of America." Without objection, I will enter this into the record.