In a statement issued in response to the OPM data breach, National Active and Retired Federal Employee (NARFE) President Richard Thissen says he was advised by OPM that retiree records were not compromised in this week’s data breach. OPM handles benefits for retired postal workers:
“Last evening, I was informed directly by an official of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that the personnel records, including personally identifiable information (PII), of four million current and former federal employees were exposed to a cyberattack. NARFE is staying in close contact with OPM and the administration as they determine the extent of the data breach.
“I want to stress that we were told by OPM that retiree records, including those of spouses and survivors, were not compromised in this breach. The data accessed by the hackers was employment data. However, some of the individuals affected may no longer be employed by the federal government, whether they retired or left federal service.”