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  • Introduction of the Recover Act (Reducing the Effects of the Cyberattack on Opm Victims Emergency Response Act of 2015)

    by Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton

    Posted on 2015-07-13

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    NORTON of the district of columbia in the house of representatives Monday, July 13, 2015 Ms. NORTON. Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce the Reducing the Effects of the Cyberattack on OPM Victims Emergency Response Act of 2015 (the RECOVER Act), a bill to require the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to provide complimentary and comprehensive identity protection coverage to all individuals whose personally identifiable information was compromised during recent OPM data breaches. Senator Ben Cardin (D- MD) has introduced the companion bill in the Senate. Yesterday, OPM reported that more than 21.5 million current and former federal employees have had their personal information compromised in a second OPM data breach, five times more than the 4.2 million already reported, for a grand total of 25.7 million federal employees and retirees. OPM said that the 21.5 million individuals whose background check records were compromised would receive only three years of credit monitoring and identity theft protection services and $1 million in loss coverage, while the other 4.2 million individuals whose personnel records were compromised would receive 18 months of credit monitoring and $1 million in loss coverage. In light of the scope of OPM's data breach and the limited protection that is proposed, I, along with my House colleagues Chris Van Hollen, Don Beyer, Donna Edwards, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Elijah Cummings, Gerald Connolly, and John Delaney introduce a bill that would provide free lifetime identity theft protection coverage that includes identity theft insurance for losses up to $5 million. This protection is particularly necessary since the breach was discovered a year after hackers had already infiltrated OPM's system.



    OPM's proposed protection would not protect current and former federal workers if hackers simply waited for a period of years before exploiting the stolen identities. However, our bill would give current and former federal employees some peace of mind.

    The RECOVER Act is necessary to reduce the angst of our dedicated public servants resulting from this entire ordeal. OPM failed to protect our current and former federal employees. It follows that the government must do the right thing to make up for its mistake.

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