WASHINGTON, July 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Federation of Government Employees commends the Senate Appropriations Committee for adopting measures that would enhance protections for current and former federal employees and job applicants whose personal information was stolen during data breaches into the Office of Personnel Management's computer systems.
Language inserted into the fiscal 2016 Financial Services and General Government spending bill by the Senate Appropriations Committee would provide everyone affected with at least 10 years of credit monitoring services and at least $5 million in liability protection for related damages. The measures go far beyond what OPM has said it would provide.
"I commend Sen. Barbara Mikulski for introducing these measures, which would significantly enhance protections for employees, retirees and job applicants whose personal information was stolen during the massive OPM data breaches," AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said.
"AFGE continues to urge Congress to provide OPM with emergency funds to address the theft of personnel files so agencies are not forced to use funds appropriated for different purposes."
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 670,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.
SOURCE American Federation of Government Employees