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Statement on OPM Data Move

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Nikki Cannon

October 13, 2015 

(202) 293-1550


FLEOA SUPPORTS RELOCATION OF SECURITY DATA AWAY FROM OPM

 

(Washington, DC) - Today, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) announced its support for Representatives Ted Lieu and Steve Russell efforts to have government employee's sensitive security information housed in a safer location. Currently, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) continues to house this critically sensitive information under their cyber roof. While steps have apparently been taken to better safeguard this information after the two most recent hacks, those steps remain inadequate.

According to FLEOA National Officer Jon Adler, ‎"The Treasury Department secures our nation's bullion at Fort Knox and not ‎in mail-order gadgetry for a reason, and I would hope the same level of security would be provided for the sensitive information contained in our clearances. FLEOA applauds Representatives Lieu and Russell for recognizing the limited protective capabilities of OPM, and the need to safeguard our background clearance information in a more secure cyber configuration."

FLEOA represents over 28,000 members of the Federal law enforcement community, all of whom have been jeopardized by the recent cyber-attacks on OPM. ‎FLEOA stands ready to support the introduction of legislation that calls for a qualitative assessment of where best to secure sensitive security clearance information. When the personal information of law enforcement and high level security personnel falls into the hands of the nation’s enemies, their lives and livelihood becomes compromised.

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The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (www.fleoa.org) is the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan professional association that exclusively represents over 28,000 active and retired federal law enforcement officers from over 65 Agencies.