Top House Republican calls on OPM director to resign over employee data breach

A top House Republican Tuesday called on the government’s personnel chief and her chief information officer to resign after saying that she “failed utterly and totally” to prevent the massive hack that exposed the personal data of  4.2 million active and former employees.

“Those two had an opportunity to right the ship…they did not get it done, and there should be consequences,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told reporters after a contentious hearing on the cyberattack. Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta and the agency’s chief information officer, Donna Seymour, were grilled for almost three hours by angry lawmakers from both parties.

“If we want a different results, we’re going to have to have different people,” Chaffetz said as he walked down a hallway of the Rayburn House Office Building moments after the hearing ended. Our colleague Joe Davidson was there.


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