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OPM Struggles to Notify Breach Victims

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Breach Notification , Data Breach

OPM Struggles to Notify Breach Victims Notifying 21.5 Million Presents Challenges Mathew J. Schwartz (euroinfosec) • July 16, 2015

Round two of the Office of Personnel Management's data breach notifications has yet to begin, and officials say it may be weeks before notices get issued.

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The agency has yet to solicit bids from an outside contractor to handle the work of notifying 21.5 million affected individuals, Reuters reports, citing interviews with unnamed government officials.

The delay is due to the fact that OPM handled data for a number of other agencies, and is thus attempting to create a centralized breach-notification system, rather than delegating the notification task to every agency responsible, according to Reuters. That move also reflects the fact that numerous government employees and contractors frequently move between different...(continued)

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