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Palmer on the Resignation of OPM Director Katherine Archuleta

July 10, 2015
Press Release

For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Gary Palmer, a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, agrees with the decision of former Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Katherine Archuleta to resign in the wake of the massive data breach that resulted in millions of current and former federal employees having sensitive personal information stolen.  Palmer says the following:

“The OPM data breach is a major problem, and we are only beginning to understand the full implications.  At a hearing where Director Archuleta was a witness, I asked if it was possible that more than the then-estimated 4 million people were affected, and was not given an answer.  The latest estimates are that roughly 21.5 million people were affected, and the number could grow larger. 

“Director Archuleta has been either unable or unwilling to do what is necessary to solve this serious problem.  It is appropriate that she has now chosen to step aside and allow someone who is more qualified to take the lead.”

You can watch Congressman Palmer’s questions at the hearing below.

For any additional questions, contact:
Cliff Smith, (202) 225-4921,

U.S. Representative Gary Palmer (R-AL) serves on three Congressional committees: Oversight and Government Reform, Budget, and Science, Space and Technology.  Visit Palmer online at his website or via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.