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Senate Committee OKs $21M in Additional OPM Cybersecurity Budget

US office of personnel managementThe Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday endorsed a bill that would increase the Office of Personnel Management‘s fiscal 2016 budget by $24 million, Nextgov reported Thursday.

Jack Moore writes about $21 million of the additional funds would go toward a program to fix information technology security issues at OPM.

During a markup session, the committee backed Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s (D-Md.) proposal to offer at least 10 years of credit monitoring services and $5 million in liability protections for federal employees and contractors affected by OPM data breaches.

Moore said OPM has offered an 18-month credit monitoring service to approximately 4.2 million workers whose personal information have been exposed due to the cyber attack.

The panel turned down an amendment that would have added a $37 million budget for the agency’s IT modernization effort, according to Nextgov.

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