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Last Week in Washington
Last week was a particularly big week for federal employee issues on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers rushing to finish up legislative work ahead of the August recess. The following issues are legislative stories that all NFFE-IAM members should be following:
NFFE-Supported Bill Introduced to Provide Lifetime of Identity Protection
Earlier this month, NFFE joined with our allies in the Senate to introduce the RECOVER Act (S. 1746). The bill, introduced by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), calls for expanded identity theft coverage for federal workers, contractors, and other individuals affected by the OPM data breaches. This includes lifetime identity theft coverage—something NFFE has repeatedly demanded—and that no less than $5 million of identity theft insurance be provided.
NFFE Demanding Accountability and Lifetime of Protection in Wake of OPM Data Breach
Now, not only do federal employees have to worry about their own personal information being exposed—but they must also worry about their spouse and children having their information compromised. Throughout this still-developing cyber-attack, NFFE has repeatedly called for the agency to be more transparent and responsive in addressing the widespread concerns of the federal workforce. Additionally, NFFE called on the Administration to provide far greater protections for those affected – including lifelong credit monitoring.
Statement from National President Dougan Regarding OPM Director Archuleta Resignation
"The announcement of OPM Director Archuleta’s resignation puts federal employees in a dire state of uncertainty. With Director Archuleta’s resignation, the volatility of this situation has escalated exponentially and we face a void of leadership. All the while, millions of federal employees that have had their personal information compromised continue to go without the suite of protections they need and deserve from OPM..."
National President Dougan: "The magnitude of worry has grown exponentially for federal employees in the wake of this news"
"Today’s new number is staggering. With the total number of affected reaching 25 million, it is not yet clear how OPM can handle this massive increase, when they were already struggling with the initial 4.2 million. Now, not only do federal employees have to worry about their own personal information being exposed – but they must also worry about their spouse and children having their information compromised. The magnitude of worry has grown exponentially for federal employees in the wake of this news."
Lawmakers Want Federal Employees to Stop Harassing Interns
They want everyone else to stop, too.
State Department Plan for Training Center Draws Senatorial Flak
Echoes of Benghazi are heard in debate over duplicative costs.
Way More Feds Signed Up for Post-Hack Protections Than Anyone Anticipated
High rate of acceptance will likely raise the cost of OPMâ€™s next contract.
Obama Administration Dismisses Online Petition Requesting Snowden Pardon
The White House has been responding to "We the People" petitions Tuesday