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United States Office of Personnel Management

Overview#

United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is an Independent United States Federal Agency that manages the United States federal government's civilian workforce.

United States Office of Personnel Management provides federal human resources policy, oversight and support, and tends to Health Care, insurance and retirement benefits and services for federal government employees.

United States Office of Personnel Management is headed by a director, who is nominated by the President of the United States of America and confirmed by the United States Senate.

2015 Data Breach#

In June 2015, the Office of Personnel Management announced that it had discovered in April 2015 that it had been hacked more than a year earlier in a Data Breach, resulting in the theft of approximately 4 million personnel records handled by the office. The Washington Post has reported that the attack originated in China, citing unnamed government officials. By July 9, 2015 the estimate of stolen records had increased to 21.5 million, including those of current government personnel and people who had undergone background checks.

New updates regarding this security breach came to light on September 24, 2015. The agency then indicated that additional evidence showed that 5.6 million people's fingerprints were stolen as part of the hacks, more than five times the 1.1 million originally estimated. The total number of individuals whose records were disclosed in whole or part, including Social Security Numbers and addresses, remained at 21.5 million.

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