Nextgov: Budget Negotiators Insert ID Protection Coverage Provision in 2016 Omnibus Bill

cybersecurityLanguage in a $1.1 trillion government spending bill for fiscal 2016 would require the Office of Personnel Management to offer at least 10 years of free identity protection services to OPM hack victims, Nextgov reported Wednesday.

Aliya Sternstein writes the bill would also order the OPM to provide each breach victim with ID theft insurance worth least $5 million.

The agency implemented a one-year financial safeguards program for about 4.2 million former and present federal workers whose Social Security numbers were exposed during a breach, Sternstein reports.

Another 21.5 million people affected by a cyber attack on OPM’s security clearance system are eligible to receive fraud protection for three years, the report said.

The OPM said last week it concluded postal notifications to victims of a federal background investigation database hack at the agency.

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