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Press Release Published: Jun 26, 2015

GOP Lawmakers to President Obama: Remove OPM Director Archuleta and CIO Donna Seymour

Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), along with 17 Republican Members of Congress, sent a letter to President Obama requesting the removal of Katherine Archuleta as Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and Ms. Donna Seymour, OPM Chief Information Officer (CIO) after a massive data breach compromised the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of millions of past, current, and prospective federal employees.

“Simply put, the recent breach was entirely foreseeable, and Director Archuleta and CIO Donna Seymour failed to take steps to prevent it from happening despite repeated warnings.  

“We listened closely to both Director Archuleta’s and Ms. Seymour’s testimony before the Committee.  We have lost confidence in Director Archuleta’s ability to secure OPM’s networks and protect the data of millions of Americans.  We have also lost confidence in OPM CIO Donna Seymour’s ability to do the same.  This country’s hard working federal employees deserve better, and Americans with security clearances whose lives may now be at risk deserve better. These systems are too important to leave unsecured.

“Therefore, we respectfully request that you address this serious issue by removing Director Archuleta and Ms. Seymour from their positions.”

The House Oversight Committee conducted hearings this month on June 16th and June 24th, examining the OPM data breach

Click here to view the letter.


Letter Signatories Include:

Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)

Rod Blum (R-IA)

Ron DeSantis (R-FL)

John J. Duncan (R-TN)

Blake Farenthold (R-TX)

Paul Gosar (R-AZ)

Glenn Grothman (R-WI)

Jody Hice (R-GA)

Will Hurd (R-TX)

Jim Jordan (R-OH)

Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)

Thomas Massie (R-KY)

David McKinley (R-WV)

Mark Meadows (R-NC)

Mick Mulvaney (R-SC)

Steve Russell (R-OK)

Tim Walberg (R-MI)

Mark Walker (R-NC)