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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 10, 2015
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Los Angeles - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles) issued the following statement following the news that OPM Director Katherine Archuleta has resigned.
Sen. Mark Warner (Va.) on Thursday became the highest-ranking Democrat to call for the resignation of the agency head at the center of one what’s thought to be the largest government hack ever.
Minutes after the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) revealed that the personal data of 22.1 million people — more than 5 times the initial estimate — had been exposed by two separate hacks at the agency, Warner called for the agency’s chief, Katherine Archuleta, to resign.
He is the first Senate Democrat to do so.
Washington - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-CA|33) and Congressman Steve Russell (R-OK|5) issued statements in response to the news that the personal information of 25 million Americans was stolen in the recent hack of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). As members of the Oversight & Government Reform Committee, Congressmen Lieu and Russell have participated in two full committee hearings on the OPM breach.
Setting up a clash between counter-terrorism priorities and constitutional protection against unwarranted intrusion, three top federal law enforcement officials urged Congress and Silicon Valley to provide government agencies special access to encrypted cellphones and other Internet devices.
The pitch Wednesday came amid renewed concern about American vulnerabilities as a cascading series of coincidental computer malfunctions briefly grounded United Airlines aircraft and brought the New York Stock Exchange and other high-profile digital networks to a halt.
The Islamic State terror group is increasingly using encrypted communications to recruit troubled Americans and urge them to carry out attacks, FBI Director James Comey is expected to tell Congress on Wednesday.
Comey’s testimony is the latest effort by the Obama administration to pressure Silicon Valley companies to enable law enforcement agencies to continue monitoring communications over devices that are increasingly equipped with high-level encryption.
Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta. ( Christopher Dilts / Obama for America)
Bipartisan calls are growing on Capitol Hill for the federal personnel director to step down as lawmakers say they’re getting few answers to their questions about the hack of the personnel data of every federal worker.
Katherine Archuleta, left, and Andy Ozment, assistant secretary, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, National Program Preparedness Directorate, Homeland Security Department, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday.
Cliff Owen/Associated Press
Millions of government employee records apparently stolen by Chinese hackers were not encrypted, and software designed to block known computer breaches has not been installed to protect most of the files, officials said Tuesday.
Another key cybersecurity voice in Congress is calling for Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta to step down in the wake of the mega breach at her agency that has rocked the government.
Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), who co-chairs the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, on Wednesday joined the bipartisan coalition of lawmakers looking for Archuleta’s dismissal.
Katherine Archuleta, director of the Office of Personnel Management, appeared before the House oversight committee Tuesday to discuss a security breach at the agency believed to have affected the personal data of millions of current and former federal employees. It did not go well for her.