Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has restored access to the Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) online federal background check system taken offline in June after a massive data breach was discovered, according to an update on the e-QIP Application web page.
The update on the e-QIP application page reads: “Security enhancements and testing of the e-QIP application are now complete. Agencies will contact users directly to re-enable access.” The e-QIP background check application page is at https://www.opm.gov/investigations/e-qip-application/.
As reported earlier by ESR News, the OPM announced that sensitive information including Social Security Numbers (SSNs) for 21.5 million people was compromised in a database breach involving the background check records of current, former, and prospective Federal employees and contractors.
The OPM concluded that the sensitive information stolen from the background check databases includes 19.7 million individuals who applied for a background check and 1.8 million non-applicant family members and friends. The types of information involved in the background check data breach may include:
- Social Security Numbers (SSNs).
- Residency and educational history.
- Employment history.
- Information about immediate family and personal and business acquaintances.
- Health, criminal, and financial history that would have been provided as part of a background check investigation.
People affected by the background check data breach incident will receive services from the OPM at no cost that include identity restoration support and victim recovery assistance, identity theft insurance, identity monitoring for minor children, continuous credit monitoring, and fraud monitoring services.
The OPM is warning people who underwent a background check investigation through OPM since 2000 that it is “highly likely” they are impacted by the background check data breach. Information about the OPM background check database incident is updated regularly at https://www.opm.gov/cybersecurity/.
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