Around the third anniversary of the disclosure that two OPM databases containing personal information on millions of current and former federal employees had been hacked, legislation has been offered in Congress to make permanent the benefits offered to affected individuals.
Currently, the no-cost identity theft protection and credit monitoring benefits will expire in 2026, but sponsors of HR-5765 argue that the information stolen has no expiration and thus the protections should continue for life. That information, from one database of personnel files and another of background investigation files, includes Social Security numbers and other identifying information on virtually everyone affected, in many cases highly sensitive information about an individual’s past, and in some cases fingerprints.
Separately, the NTEU union is seeking continuation of the services for life as part a lawsuit alleging that OPM violated employees’ constitutional rights by allowing the theft to happen. That case is pending on appeal