OPM, DOD Announce Credit Monitoring Contract

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The Office of Personnel Management and the Defense Department Awarded a $133 million contract Tuesday to Portland, Oregon-based Identity Theft Guard Solutions LLC for identity theft protection services in the aftermath of the massive breach of the Federal government’s central security clearance database.

“We remain fully committed to assisting the victims of these serious cybercrimes and to taking every step possible to prevent the theft of sensitive data in the future,” OPM Acting Director Beth Cobert said in a statement released late Tuesday. “Millions of individuals, through no fault of their own, had their personal information stolen and we’re committed to standing by them, supporting them, and protecting them against further victimization. And as someone whose own information was stolen, I completely understand the concern and frustration people are feeling.”

The long-awaited deal is in response to the theft of security clearance investigations on more than 21.5 million current and former Federal employees. The data breach has been attributed to state-sponsored hackers in China and is considered to be one of the most damaging hacks targeting the governemnt to date.

According to OPM, the firm, which does business under the name ID Experts, will provide all impacted individuals and their dependent minor children with credit monitoring, identity monitoring, identity theft insurance, and identity restoration services for a period of three years. The task order was awarded under the General Services Administration’s Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) for Identity Monitoring, Data Breach Response and Protection Services, which GSA awarded today.

Dan Verton
About Dan Verton
MeriTalk Executive Editor Dan Verton is a veteran journalist and winner of the First Place Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award for Best News Reporting -- the highest award in the nation for business/trade journalism. Dan earned a Master's Degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University in Washington, D.C., and has spent the last 20 years in the nation's capital reporting on government, enterprise technology, policy and national cybersecurity. He’s also a former intelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps, has authored three books on cybersecurity, and has testified on critical infrastructure protection before both House and Senate committees.
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