The Office of Personnel Management and the Defense Department have partnered to establish a verification center where federal and contractor employees can check whether they are affected by the OPM data breaches, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday.
Nicole Ogrysko writes the verification facility is scheduled to open later this month and will assist people who have not yet received breach notification letters from OPM.
“Given the sensitivity of the population, given the data that was affected in the breach, we’ve got a set of procedures that allow people to self identify, but also do it in a way that’s secure,” acting OPM Director Beth Cobert was quoted as saying.
SC Magazine reported Wednesday the agency still needs to notify via mail approximately 21 million people whose personal data were exposed in the breach incidents.
Cobert noted that about 5 percent of the OPM hack victims have enrolled to receive identity theft protection and credit monitoring services from the government, the magazine reports.