National President Dougan: "The magnitude of worry has grown exponentially for federal employees in the wake of this news"

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Washington, DC – Today, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced that hackers have stolen the sensitive information on 21.5 million people in a recently disclosed cyberattack that breached the federal government’s database of security background checks, William R. Dougan, National President of the National Federation of Federal Employees, America’s first federal employee union, representing 110,000 federal workers throughout the U.S. issued the following statement: 

"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. The agency needs to work on getting everyone fully informed, and as quickly as possible. If there is any silver lining to this disaster, it is that OPM appears to be getting more serious in protecting those whose information is exposed with the three-year continuous credit monitoring services and additional suite of protections being offered."

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Established in 1917, the National Federation of Federal Employees is the oldest union representing civil service federal employees.  NFFE represents 110,000 federal employees in 35 departments and agencies government-wide, including the majority of federal wildland firefighters. NFFE is affiliated with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO. For more information, go to

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