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July 23, 2015

Senate Panel OKs 10-Year Credit-Monitoring for Hacked Workers

Mikulski offered two OPM amendments. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Mikulski offered two OPM amendments. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A Senate panel approved enhanced protections for the more than 22 million federal workers and retirees affected by data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management Thursday, but opted not to provide additional funds for the embattled agency.

The Senate Appropriations Committee, by voice vote, agreed to adopt more protections for federal workers and retirees whose information was stolen in two breaches at OPM, by attaching a provision to the appropriations bill with jurisdiction over the agency. But lawmakers also opted, by voice vote, not to provide additional money to OPM. Full story

July 10, 2015

Capitol Evaluates Own Cybersecurity After OPM Hack

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As news broke that data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management affected more than 22 million people, Senate staffers received a notice from the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms about the chamber’s own cybersecurity.

“As a result of recent data breaches in other areas of government, a reassessment of our cybersecurity posture was implemented,” read the Thursday email obtained by CQ Roll Call. The message then described updates to logging into the Senate’s Web VPN service, or workers’ remote access to their Senate accounts. Full story

Former Cochran Staffer Hopes for Plea Deal in Sex-for-Drugs Case

A federal judge on Friday granted attorneys more time for the case of a 49-year-old man who spent decades working for Sen. Thad Cochran, starting with a stint as the Mississippi Republican’s page, before serious drug charges related to methamphetamine and date rape drugs cost him his career.

Fred W. Pagan pleaded not guilty on April 29 to charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and importation of a controlled substance, after allegedly confessing plans to distribute both drugs “in exchange for sexual favors.” U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell continued the case until Aug. 7, with attorneys hinting a plea deal may be in the works. Full story

July 9, 2015

More Than 22 Million Affected by OPM Hack

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

According to the Office of Personnel Management, the number of people affected by recent data breaches at the agency is more than 22 million people.

Roughly 4.2 million federal employees were affected by the first data breach, and more than 3.6 million of those employees were also affected by a second data breach of background investigation information, along with 17.9 million other current, former and prospective employees.
Full story

June 23, 2015

Leave the Guns at Home, House Official Warns

UNITED STATES - MARCH 13: President Barack Obama arrives to the Capitol for a meeting with the House Republican Conference to discuss the upcoming expiration of the debt limit. House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving, appears at right. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Irving, right, warned against bringing a firearm to the Capitol, even if the owner has a license to carry in another jurisdiction. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Daggers, dirks, brass knuckles — leave them at home when you come to the Capitol, House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving cautioned members and staff Tuesday.

“This is a reminder that certain items that are legal in a Member’s district are prohibited in the District of Columbia,” Irving stated in the memo obtained by CQ Roll Call. Full story

June 18, 2015

Staff, Lawmakers Gather to Pray for Charleston (Video)

Senate Chaplain Barry Black offers a prayer at the vigil. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Chaplain Barry Black offers a prayer at the vigil. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

More than 100 staffers and members of Congress gathered on the East Front of the Capitol shortly after noon Thursday to bow their heads in prayer for the victims of the shooting in Charleston, S.C.

A gunman opened fire during a Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Wednesday night, killing nine, including the pastor, state Sen. Clementa Pinckney. Shortly before the vigil, news broke that police in North Carolina had apprehended the suspected gunman: 21 year-old Dylann Roof. The shooting shocked the nation and the staffers and lawmakers from the region were visibly shaken as they gathered Thursday. Full story

June 17, 2015

Demands for Resignations, More Answers Follow OPM Breach (Video)

Meadows called for Archuleta's resignation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Meadows called for Archuleta’s resignation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lawmakers continue to look for answers about the recent Office of Personnel Management data breaches affecting millions of federal workers, with some House members calling for the director’s resignation.

“It is outrageous that after the biggest data breach in our nation’s history, OPM has yet to fire a single individual,” Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said in a statement Wednesday. “It is time that Director [Katherine] Archuleta step down and be replaced with someone prepared to immediately address cybersecurity vulnerabilities at the agency.”

Meadows chairs the Government Operations Oversight Subcommittee. House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, also reportedly told the press after Tuesday’s hearing on the breach that he believed Archuleta should resign.

Full story

June 16, 2015

OPM Breach Includes Congressional Staffers (Video)

Connolly, left, said one of his staffers was affected by the breach. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Connolly, left, said one of his staffers was affected by the OPM breach. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As government officials answered questions about the recent Office of Personnel Management data breach, former and current congressional staffers processed the notices they are receiving from the agency that they, too, were affected by the breach.

Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., told CQ Roll Call Tuesday that his press secretary, George Burke, who has never worked for the executive branch, received a notice from the OPM saying his personal identifiable information may have been compromised. Connolly said he spoke with someone in the office of the House Chief Administrative Officer, and it appeared that congressional staffers who had a break in their service, activating their retirement status, were affected by the breach. Full story

Watch Live: House Oversight Hearing on OPM Data Breach

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee holds a hearing on an Office of Personnel Management data breach announced earlier this month. Reports have linked Chinese hackers to the breach, which may have exposed personal information of more than 14 million current and former government employees.

Witnesses from OPM and the Department of Homeland Security are expected to testify.

Coverage begins at 10 a.m. Full story

June 12, 2015

Ex-Staffer Pleads Guilty After Trying to Frame Carl DeMaio

DeMaio lost his bid in the wake of the scandal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

DeMaio lost his bid in the wake of the scandal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

One of the campaign staffers in the late-breaking scandal that helped sink Republican Carl DeMaio’s 2014 congressional bid pleaded guilty Friday to an obstruction of justice charge for lying to federal agents about the source of a threatening email that he sent himself.

Todd Bosnich, the fired campaign policy director who in October 2014 accused DeMaio of sexual harassment, agreed to a plea deal with the U.S. attorney’s office that will likely land him on probation, rather than prison. Bosnich used a fake email account to send a threatening message to his own personal account, then lied to the FBI about its source, according to court documents obtained by CQ Roll Call. Full story

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