OPM Background Investigation In 2000 Or Later? Read This


If you had a background investigation conducted by Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in the year 2000 or later, you need to read the information below and follow the link to the OPM Cyber Security page to stay updated on the most current information.

OPM has announced that they identified a second cyber security incident.  The first incident was discovered in April 2015 and they found that the personnel data of 4.2 million current and former Federal employees  had been stolen.   The data stolen included information such as full name, birth date, home address and Social Security Numbers.  According to OPM, you should have already been notified if you were affected by this incident.

The second incident was identified in June 2015 as they investigated the first incident.  OPM learned that additional information had been compromised which included background investigation records of current, former, and prospective Federal employees and contractors.  OPM and the teams investigating have concluded that the following was stolen from the background investigation database:

  • Social Security Numbers of 21.5 million individuals (This includes 19.7 million individuals that applied for a background investigation, and 1.8 million non-applicants, primarily spouses or co-habitants of applicants.)
  • Findings from interviews conducted by background investigators.
  • approximately 1.1 million fingerprint records
  • Usernames and passwords that background investigation applicants used to fill out their background investigation forms

According to the OPM Cyber Security page, notifications for this incident have not yet begun.

According to the OPM website, background investigation records (the database breached) typically include:

  • Social Security Numbers
  • Residency and educational history
  • Employment history
  • Information about immediate family and personal and business acquaintances
  • Health, criminal and financial history that would have been provided as part of your background investigation

While background investigation records do contain some information regarding mental health and financial history provided by applicants and sources contacted during the background investigation, there is no evidence that health, financial, payroll and retirement records of Federal personnel were impacted by this incident (i.e, annuity rolls, retirement records, USA JOBS, Employee Express).

If you had a background investigation conducted by OPM in the year 2000 or later, you need to monitor the following page on the OPM  site and continue to take actions to monitor your credit history for any changes that may be a result of these incidents.

OPM Cyber Security page: https://www.opm.gov/cybersecurity/


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