WASHINGTON— U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement after the Office of Personnel Management (OBM) Director Katherine Archuleta resigned due to a massive data breach that exposed the personal records of more than 22 million people nationwide, putting Louisianans who currently or previously worked for the federal government at risk:
“Ms. Archuleta’s resignation is appropriate, but it doesn’t change the fact that social security and other personal information was stolen from more than 22 million Americans, putting more than 70,000 Louisianans at risk—that’s unacceptable. Strong national security includes protecting America from security breaches and hackers. The Office of Personnel Management failed to protect us. The Obama Administration must find out why and how this happened, and put protections in place to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”
Those affected include former and prospective federal employees and contractors, as well as associated individuals and family members who underwent a background investigation by the OBM since 2001.