Congressman Lieu Statement on OPM Inspector General Claim of Interference by Office of Chief Information Officer

August 10, 2015
Press Release

Los Angeles - Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement regarding the July 22 letter from Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Inspector General (IG) Patrick McFarland to OPM Acting Director Beth Cobert stating that the Office of the Chief Information Officer has “hindered and interfered with” his office’s oversight.

“I find this latest red flag from the OPM Inspector General very troubling. It is unacceptable that the Office of the Chief Information Officer should ever be accused of hindering and interfering with the IG’s investigations. Those accusations are especially concerning when the agency is still in the wake of a massive data breach involving the theft of security clearance data affecting 21.5 million people. While the incidents cited by the IG occurred prior to the tenure of Acting Director Cobert, I believe this once again underscores that OPM is not adequately equipped to protect the crown jewels of our U.S. national security personnel.”