Jul 10, 2015

OPM Chief Remains Committed to Failure

Yesterday, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy called for Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Katherine Archuleta to resign. The OPM has demonstrated the height of incompetence in its failure to develop proper cybersecurity practices and has continued to act with a disregard for transparency and accountability since news was made public that millions of people’s personal information was stolen. Now, a bipartisan group of lawmakers agrees that it’s time for Archuleta to go.

But so far, Director Archuleta is resisting these calls, saying she is “committed to the work that I am doing at the OPM.” Well, a strong commitment to failed work doesn’t help anybody—not the OPM, not American national security, and most certainly not the American people.

Despite acting as director over the largest data breach and theft in American history, despite being on notice for years of “material weakness” in the agency’s cybersecurity practice, despite failing to institute proper cybersecurity practices, despite being unaware of the breach for an inexplicable amount of time, and despite failing to inform the public the extent of the data breach for weeks, if not months, Archuleta has resisted taking any responsibility for the abject failures of her agency, saying, “I don’t believe anyone [at OPM] is personally responsible.”

Public trust in our government is at an all time low, and for good reason. Time and again, this Administration has been embroiled in scandals, and rarely is anyone ever held accountable. It is abundantly clear that the public no longer trusts the current OPM director. It is now up to the President to listen to the calls for accountability and put a new leader in charge of this agency.