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OPM Reinstates Online Background Check System; Sam Schumach Comments

digital governmentThe Office of Personnel Management has resumed operations of its online system used to carry out background checks on federal personnel after it was offline for almost a month due to the series of data breaches on OPM in June, the National Journal reported Thursday.

Kaveh Waddell and Dustin Volz write OPM suspended the e-QIP system in an effort to perform security upgrades.

“This action was not the direct result of malicious activity on this network, and there is no evidence that the vulnerability in question has been exploited,” OPM spokesman Sam Schumach said.

“Rather, OPM took this step proactively, as a result of our comprehensive security assessment, to safeguard the ongoing security of the network.”

Aaron Boyd of Federal Times reports that OPM has also launched efforts to improve password protections for the online portal and will allow government agencies to access the system on an incremental basis.

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