APWU says postal retirees may have been affected by OPM data breach

There’s more confusion about the OPM data breach- an American Postal Workers Union official said today that postal retirees may have been affected by the breach. The report contradicts a statement made Friday by NARFE President Richard Thissen who says he was advised by OPM that retiree records were not compromised. Here’s the APWU statement:

apwudefault2Postal retirees may be among those affected by a breach in the computer system of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Retirees Department Director Judy Beard reports. OPM announced June 4 that the records of 4 million current and former federal employees were compromised in a cyber attack the agency discovered in April. that the records of 4 million current and former federal employees were compromised in a cyber attack the agency discovered in April.

Beginning June 8 and continuing through June 19, OPM will notify current and former employees via email that their records may have been compromised. Retirees whose email addresses are not on file with OPM will be contacted by mail.

Those affected will be offered credit monitoring for a period of 18 months, OPM said. The union encourages retirees to take advantage of the free credit-monitoring service.

For additional information, visit www.opm.gov, or call 844-222-2743.

“The APWU will pursue this intrusion to our members’ personal data to ensure they are fully protected under the law,” Beard said. The union is inquiring about the extent of the cyber attack as it relates to APWU retirees, she added.

“The APWU is committed to protecting the rights of our members, including the right to protect their personal information,” President Mark Dimondstein said.

The APWU and the other postal unions recently won the right to bargain with the Postal Service over a massive USPS data security breach that took place in 2014. The precedent-setting agreement was approved by the National Labor Relations Board.

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Source: Postal Retirees May be Affected by OPM Data Breach | APWU

  • witty

    I suppose a union grievance against OPM is forthcoming or perhaps a NLRB charge against Chinese hackers? good luck with that… Really sucks when reality hits and it can’t be blamed on Management. Welcome to the future.

  • http://www.astro-nut.com/ Retired USPS ET

    Hmmm, let me see if I’ve got this correct: the fault lies with the hackers for being so darn good at what they set out to do, and not with management for having entrusted important personnel data to such a hackneyed system? Was it hackers or management that specified the system and safeguards set in place?
    From my perspective as a retired USPS ET (40+ year computer weenie), our systems are woefully inadequate and, worse, those in command haven’t a clue as to what is intimated by their job titles. There is far more emphasis placed upon mickey-mouse minutiae (ie: password structure and 6-wk changeover) than more important issues (closed systems, firewalls, intrusion detection, etc, etc).
    Soooo… fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. OPM has been breeched more than once, so shame on us!

  • witty

    You raise a valid point and I admit that I’m no expert on the subject. Is the problem that Chinese hackers are more advanced than gov’t IT pro’s, budget cuts, expertise, or not keeping up with the competition? I’m guessing Postal IT safeguards are based on what the Feds do / recommend. My point is that the problem seems to go beyond USPS Management which would limit union action other than soliciting congessional intervention.