Federal employees affected by the Office of Personnel Management’s data breach in 2015 will receive an extension to their free credit data monitoring services. The contract for those services were expected to expire at the end of this month.
OPM said in a recent announcement:
“More than 20 million people had their personal information compromised in the breach, and were promised at least 10 years of credit monitoring. But the first round of contracted monitoring ran for only three years—and those contracts are running out in December.
“Services with ID Experts (MyIDCare) for those impacted by the 2015 cybersecurity incidents have been extended until June 30, 2019. You will continue to receive government-sponsored coverage from ID Experts at no cost to you for an additional six months. OPM is currently in the process of soliciting quotations from eligible vendors using the General Services Administration (GSA) Identity Protection Services (IPS) Multiple Award Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA). OPM anticipates completing the re-compete award by the end of December 2018.
“Individuals currently receiving services through ID Experts (MyIDCare) will not experience any change to their current coverage, and do not need to take any further action at this time. Individuals will also continue to be automatically covered by identity restoration and identity theft insurance.”
Federal employees who believe their data was impacted by the 2015 cybersecurity incidents, but have not yet enrolled in monitoring services, should visit OPM’s Cybersecurity Resource Center at: https://www.opm.gov/cybersecurity/