Chaffetz Statement on OPM Infrastructure Improvement Project

Published: Sep 14, 2015

WASHINGTON— Today, Chairman Jason Chaffetz issued the following statement in response to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) interim status report on OPM’s infrastructure improvement project.

“OPM continues to ignore serious concerns about their IT infrastructure improvement plan from the Inspector General. It’s unsettling that despite a data breach that put the sensitive, personal information of 21.5 million Americans at risk, OPM once again refuses to heed warnings from the IG. Ignoring the IG’s warnings largely got them into this mess in the first place. If OPM wants to regain the trust of Congress and the American people, they must make implementing the IG’s recommendations a top priority.”

Background:
In July 2015, OPM disclosed that personal data of 21.5 million Americans were breached during at least two cyber-attacks in 2014. As a result, Katherine Archuleta resigned as OPM director. On June 26, Chairman Chaffetz, along with 17 Members of Congress, made a public call for Ms. Seymour’s removal. He reiterated his concerns in an August 6, 2015 statement.