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Cybersecurity Incident Updates

November 23
OPM Update

Have You Received a Notification Letter from the Office of Personnel Management Concerning the Cybersecurity Incidents?

If you received a notification letter and PIN code from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), they have determined your Social Security Number and other personal information was stolen in a cyber-intrusion involving background investigation records.  (To review the two separate but related cybersecurity incidents which occurred earlier this year go to 2015 Cybersecurity Incidents).

If you underwent a federal background investigation in 2000 or afterwards (which occurs through the submission of forms SF-86SF-85, or SF-85P for either a new investigation or a reinvestigation), it is highly likely that you are impacted by the incident involving background investigations. If you underwent a background investigation prior to 2000, you still may be impacted, but it is less likely.

While OPM is not aware of any misuse of your information, they are offering you, and any of your dependent minor children who were under the age of 18 as of July 1, 2015, credit and identity monitoring, identity theft insurance, and identity restoration services for the next three years through ID Experts,  a company that specializes in identity theft protection.  If you have received a notification letter and PIN code from OPM, click here to sign up for MyIDCare.

OPM has begun sending notifications to the 21.5 million individuals impacted by the cyber-intrusion involving background investigation records.  Due to the number of people impacted and because the nature of the information stolen has national security implications, it is important that OPM take the time necessary to make sure the notification process is carried out carefully so it is estimated notifications will continue for approximately 12 weeks. 

In the coming weeks, the Federal Government will establish a verification center for those who believe they were impacted by this incident but have not received a notification letter and PIN code. In the meantime, there are a number of actions you can take right now:

For more information on the OPM’s notification letters and the cybersecurity incidents go to OPM's Cybersecurity Resource Center.

Date Last Reviewed:  April 2017