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fedweek.com | Better Response Sought to Federal Employee Identity Theft

OPM has issued a follow-on contract to the provider of identity protection services to federal employees and retirees whose personal information was stolen in computer breaches in 2014-2015.

The new contract with ID Experts (the service is known to enrollees as MyIDCare), is effectively a five-year extension of the prior contract, with a total potential value of $400 million. OPM had temporarily extended the prior contract ahead of its expiration at the end of 2018 while it conducted a solicitation.

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According to an announcement by the company, current coverage will continue for those already enrolled and they do not need to take further action. New enrollments are still allowed at opm.gov/cybersecurity.

Under a law passed in the wake of the breaches, which exposed personal information of 21.5 million persons, credit and identity monitoring and identity theft/restoration insurance are to continue through 2025. Proposals have been raised in Congress to provide those services for the lifetime of those affected by one or both of the breaches, one of personnel records and one of background investigations records.