July 2015

Santa Monica Airport Leases Return to Council

Controversial three-year lease deals for tenants at Santa Monica Airport drew hundreds of airport opponents the last time they went before the City Council, and now they are back on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting.

An email last week from attorney Jonathan Stein, who represents Sunset Park Anti-Airport (SPAA) and worked to defeat the failed pro-airport Measure D last year, enclosed a copy of a mailer Stein said was sent to more than 9,450 registered voters in Santa Monica urging them to turn out for the Council's meeting Tuesday.

OPM hack hit over 22 million people

The agency at the center of the likely largest-ever government data breach announced Thursday that more than 22 million people have had their personal information stolen.

The total includes 21.5 million people whose sensitive data was taken in a breach of the the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) security clearance database, as well as 4.2 million government workers whose personnel files were stolen in an earlier intrusion. But 3.6 million were hit by both hacks, putting the final tally at 22.1 million.

Katherine Archuleta’s out, but OPM’s problems run deep

When the number of Americans hit by the Office of Personnel Management’ data breaches reached 22 million, Katherine Archuleta finally gave her growing chorus of critics what they wanted on Friday: She let it be someone else’s problem.

But Archuleta’s resignation as OPM director accomplished little, both her detractors and supporters agree, beyond quieting the calls for her ouster.

OPM director resigns over hack

The embattled director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has resigned, bowing to mounting pressure from Capitol Hill for her to step aside over a devastating government hack.


Katherine Archuleta stepped down a day after she revealed that multiple breaches at her agency had exposed more than 22 million people’s sensitive information.

President Obama accepted her resignation Friday morning, according to a White House official. Her resignation is effective at the close of business.

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta Resigns After Massive Personnel Data Breach

WASHINGTON— Katherine Archuleta, the embattled Office of Personnel Management director, resigned Friday as the backlash grew over her office’s handling of the extensive hacking of millions of federal employee records that included security-clearance details dating back 15 years.

Lawmakers from both political parties had called on her to resign over OPM’s handling of the breach, with some questioning her ability to steer the office through crisis. Her resignation was effective Friday.

Lawmakers Seek to Change Federal Security Clearance System Stewardship

Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Steve Russell (R-Okla.) plan to introduce a bill to transfer stewardship of federal security clearance records from the Office of Personnel Management to another agency.

The two House lawmakers crafted the legislation in response to massive breaches that have compromised OPM-managed federal employee and contractor records, Lieu’s office said Thursday.

Lawmakers look to strip OPM after hack.

Lawmakers look to strip OPM after hack. It might be a little too late for this, but there’s the making of a bipartisian movement in Congress to strip the Office of Personnel Management of its control over security clearances. “OPM was never designed to deal with national security,” Rep. Ted Lieu (D., Calif.), the co-author of an upcoming bill to move the security clearance database away from the OPM, tells the Hill.  One possible candidate is the Defense Department which housed the database until 2004. A separate bill will push for greater oversight.

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