Office Of Personnel Management Director Resigns Over Massive Data Breach

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta testifies on Capitol Hill. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/SUSAN WALSH
Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta testifies on Capitol Hill. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/SUSAN WALSH

Director Katherine Archuleta will resign from the Office of Personnel Management on Friday in the wake of criticism over a widespread data breach of more than 22 million federal employees.

The resignation comes one day after news broke that the data breach was much larger than initially thought. OPM initially reported that the Social Security numbers and other private information of 4.2 million current and former U.S. government staffers was breached in an attack thought to be perpetrated by China.

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House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz called for her resignation after news of the expanded number of people affect, saying, “Such incompetence is inexcusable.”

Archuleta initially resisted calls for resignation, telling reporters in a call on Thursday, “I am committed to the work that I am doing.”