Friday, July 10, 2015

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta Resigns After Massive, Devastating Data Breaches

This should be an even bigger story. She resisted resignation up to the last minute.

At the New York Times, "Katherine Archuleta, Director of Office of Personnel Management, Resigns" (at Memeorandum):

WASHINGTON — Katherine Archuleta, the director of the Office of Personnel Management, resigned Friday, one day after it was revealed that sweeping cyberintrusions at the agency resulted in the theft of the personal information of more than 22 million people.

Ms. Archuleta went to the White House on Friday morning to personally inform Mr. Obama of her decision, saying that she felt new leadership was needed at the federal personnel agency to enable it to “move beyond the current challenges,” a White House official said. The president accepted her resignation.

Beth Cobert, the deputy director of management at the Office of Management and Budget, will step in to temporarily replace Ms. Archuleta while a permanent replacement is found.

Ms. Archuleta, who assumed her post in November 2013, had been under pressure to resign since last month, when she announced the first of two separate but related computer intrusions that compromised the personal information of 4.2 million current and former federal workers, including Social Security numbers, addresses, health and financial histories and other private details.

On Thursday, she divulged the breach had also led to the theft of personal data of 21.5 million people who had applied for government background checks, likely affecting anyone subjected to such an investigation since 2000.

On a conference call detailing the scope of the intrusion late Thursday afternoon, Ms. Archuleta, the first Latina director of the agency, insisted she would not step down despite calls from members of Congress in both parties that she do so.

Also from Ed Driscoll, at Instapundit, "BREAKING: OPM HEAD KATHERINE ARCHULETA RESIGNS."