Washington (CNN) – The personal data of an estimated 18 million current, former and prospective federal employees were affected by a cyber breach at the Office of Personnel Management – more than four times the 4.2 million the agency has publicly acknowledged. The number is expected to grow, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation.
FBI Director James Comey gave the 18 million estimate in a closed-door briefing to Senators in recent weeks, using the OPM’s own internal data, according to U.S. officials briefed on the matter. Those affected could include people who applied for government jobs, but never actually ended up working for the government.
Just to give some idea what’s included in that vague term “data” – it includes SF86 forms done by the huge numbers of government employees who have any security clearance or any job related to security. For readers who aren’t familiar with the SF86, you can skim the form here. It’s 127 pages long in that PDF, and is very, very in-depth. It’s basically putting down a pretty substantial part of your life story in order to apply for a job. And now all of that data is in the hands of the Chinese government and whoever they’ve decided to sell it to.
Citing the long, long list of Obama administration failures – from Fast and Furious to VA death lines to Benghazi and a dozen more, Jim Geraghty at NRO found it to be characteristic of the whole Obama Administration:
We are governed by progressives who have an infinite faith in the federal government’s ability to manage enormously complicated tasks and almost no interest in ensuring the government actually does those tasks well.
What I found interesting was that the data breach as DC has tried to spin it (because they don’t care about the 4 million plus wage slaves whose government-collected data is now for sale on the black market) was that there might be some risk to US agents overseas, because a pretty big chunk of their life stories and identity has been given away.
I seem to recall that such a thing would be treated with some severity in times past. I can’t imagine “all data on all US government employees has made it into the hands of the Soviets” being the kind of thing that Eisenhower or Kennedy or Nixon or Reagan would just blow off as “optics”.
Heck, the idea of government employee identities being compromised to a hostile power is crux of the plot in the James Bond film Skyfall.