OPM Data Breach Update 05 ► Credit Monitoring Services Funding The Office of Personnel Management is asking agencies to pitch in to help pay for the credit monitoring services being offered to the 21.5 million individuals affected by the hack of background investigation data it maintains. OPM and the Interior Department paid for the costs of the services offered to victims of the initial hack of 4.2 million former and current federal employees’ personnel files stored on a server housed at Interior. In a recent email to all agencies, however, acting OPM Direct Beth Cobert said this time around all agencies will have to contribute a yet-to-be determined amount from their fiscal 2015 appropriations. Cobert said she had the full support of the Office of Management and Budget in making the request. An OMB spokesman declined to comment, referring inquiries to OPM.
Cobert said the cost for each federal entity is not yet known
Federal agencies will have to make the payments for the first year of the credit monitoring services and other benefits out of their fiscal 2015 appropriations. With the fiscal year set to end 30 SEP, the last-minute expense could prove disruptive to planned agency spending. Agencies will also be on the hook for credit monitoring costs for fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2017, as OPM has promised the “suite of services” to hack victims for three years. Cobert said in an email to other agencies the cost for each federal entity is not yet known. “OPM is currently working to approximate each agency’s portion of the total number of individuals impacted and we are gaining more information on the anticipated cost per person in the coming week based on requirements,” Cobert wrote. She added that OPM will send an estimate next week, but the final cost will not be known until the contract is awarded. She did not provide a timetable for completing that process.
An OPM spokesman said the costs will be proportional to the total number of individuals affected by the breaches at each agency, a strategy that was developed "in concert with" OMB. "OPM is committed to providing those affected by the recent cyber incident involving federal background investigations data with information and appropriate resources in a timely and effective manner," said Sam Schumach, the agency's press secretary. The contract related to the first hack cost OPM and Interior $21 million. That affected far fewer individuals (4.2 milliom) and OPM promised just 18 months of credit monitoring services that were not as extensive as those for the second wave of victims. Cobert said in the email to other agencies, however, those costs “will be recovered via FY 2016 price adjustments.”
The former OMB official who took over as OPM chief when Katherine Archuleta resigned in the wake of the hacks said OPM will also have to raise the prices it charges agencies for conducting background investigations. After OPM terminated its contract with the company that had been primarily responsible for conducting background investigations, Cobert said its costs have gone up and the agency can no longer “sustain operations and financial stability” until it stabilizes its revenue. The price hike will be retroactive to the beginning of fiscal 2015.
Cobert acknowledged the increased investigations fees, coupled with the credit monitoring costs, will cause some problems at the affected agencies. “We understand and appreciate the complexities of this late in FY15 request for funds,” Cobert wrote. “We cannot stress enough the importance and significance of this funding. This funding is critical to ensure that OPM is able to maintain its operational capability in order to allow agencies to continue to fill critical positions and accomplish their missions.” [Source: GovExec.com | Eric Katz | July 21, 2015 ++]
Photos That Say it All►Remembered
Normandy Then & Now► Saint-Lo July of 1944
United States Army trucks and jeeps drive through the ruins of Saint-Lo in July of 1944. A group of American soldiers is walking along the street. The town was almost totally destroyed by 2,000 Allied bombers when they attacked German troops stationed there during Operation Overlord. The same scene on May 7, 2014. ********************************
Most CreativeStatues ► Turtle Bay, New York
The Knotted Gun *********************************
Interesting Inventions ► Traffic Signal with Hour Glass Timer
Moments in US History ► St. Augustine, FL Crocodile Farm 1926
A quiet little job at a crocodile farm in St. Augustine, Florida, 1926 **********************************
Parking ► Revenge Tactic #4 Against Inconsiderate Parkers
Have You Heard? ►Woman Thoughts Woman's Perfect Breakfast
She's sitting at the table with her gourmet coffee.
Her son is on the cover of the Wheaties box.
Her daughter is on the cover of Business Week.
Her boyfriend is on the cover of Playgirl.
And her husband is on the back of the milk carton.
'Cash, check or charge?' I asked, after folding items the woman wished to purchase.
As she fumbled for her wallet, I noticed a remote control for a television set in her purse.
'So, do you always carry your TV remote?' I asked.
'No,' she replied, 'but my husband refused to come shopping with me,
and I figured this was the most evil thing I could do to him legally.'
-o-o-O-o-o- Understanding Women (A Man's Perspective)
I know I'm not going to understand women.
I'll never understand how you can take boiling hot wax,
pour it onto your upper thigh, rip the hair out by the root,
and still be afraid of a spider.
-o-o-O-o-o- Cigarettes and Tampons
A man walks into a pharmacy and wanders up & down the aisles.
The sales girl notices him and asks him if she can help him.
He answers that he is looking for a box of tampons for his wife.
She directs him down the correct aisle.
A few minutes later, he deposits a huge bag of cotton balls and a ball of string on the counter.
She says, confused, 'Sir, I thought you were looking for some tampons for your wife?
He answers, 'You see, it's like this, yesterday, I sent my wife to the store to get me a carton of cigarettes, and she came back with a tin of tobacco and some rolling papers; cause it's sooo-ooo--oo-ooo much cheaper.
So, I figure if I have to roll my own, so does she...
(This must be the this guy on the milk carton!)
-o-o-O-o-o- Wife vs. Husband
A couple drove down a country road for several miles, not saying a word.
An earlier discussion had led to an argument and neither of them wanted to concede their position..
As they passed a barnyard of mules, goats, and pigs, the husband asked sarcastically, 'Relatives of yours?'
'Yep,' the wife replied, 'in-laws.'
A husband read an article to his wife about how many words women use a day.
30,000 to a man's 15,000.
The wife replied, 'The reason has to be because we have to repeat everything to men...
'Please wake me at 5:00 AM.' He left it where he knew she would find it.
The next morning, the man woke up, only to discover it was 9:00 AM and he had missed his flight
Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn't wakened him, when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed.
The paper said, 'It is 5:00 AM. Wake up.'
Men are not equipped for these kinds of contests.
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