Maryland’s 8th District

For Immediate Release

July 10, 2015

CONTACT:  Bridgett Frey – 202-225-5384

Ian Jannetta – 202-225-1527

Van Hollen Joins Legislation to Give Free Lifetime Identity Theft Protection Coverage to Federal Employees and Others Impacted by OPM Breach

Washington, DC – Today Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen announced that he would join Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) to introduce the Reducing the Effects of the Cyberattack on OPM Victims Emergency Response (RECOVER) Act.  The legislation would provide free lifetime identity theft protection coverage to current, former, and prospective Federal employees, and other individuals whose personal data has been compromised by the recent breach of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

“OPM’s announcement that almost 25 million people have been impacted by this breach is staggering.  Many live in my district and have called my office with significant concerns,” said Congressman Van Hollen. “I’ve already urged the agency to provide free credit monitoring to those impacted and their families, and what OPM has announced so far is totally inadequate. This legislation will help the hardworking civil servants who have been affected cope with this breach, which could have potentially dangerous consequences for years to come.”

Congressman Van Hollen wrote OPM Director Archuleta three times in June (click here, here, and here to read the text) to raise concerns about the data breach.