WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement in response to the Obama administration’s announcement regarding changes to how the federal government performs background checks of its employees and contractors:
“Simply creating a new government entity doesn’t solve the problem. The administration needs to undertake meaningful reforms to protect citizens’ most sensitive personal information. Protecting this information should be a core competency of OPM, the government’s human resources agency. Today’s announcement seems aimed only at solving a perception problem rather than tackling the reforms needed to fix a broken security clearance process.”
The Committee has been at the forefront in investigating the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach, holding a series of hearings and demanding the resignations of former OPM Director Katherine Archuleta and current Chief Information Officer (CIO) Donna Seymour.
Chaffetz to OPM: Remove Donna Seymour (12/10/2015)
The Breach We Could Have Avoided (09/30/2015)
OPM Data Breach: Part II Hearing (06/24/2015)
OPM: Data Breach Hearing (06/16/2015)