Legal guidance on OPM breach notification

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- As many of you are aware, on June 4, 2015, the Office of Personnel Management announced it was the target of a malicious cyber intrusion in 2014, which resulted in the large-scale theft of background check investigation records.

Millions of American citizens, including a large number of military members, were affected by this breach. In response to the breach, the OPM has been working to identify and contact those citizens whose information, which included Social Security numbers and possibly fingerprints, may have been compromised.

In 2015, the OPM began issuing letters via mail to individuals whose information was potentially compromised to alert them to the breach and to instruct them on how to avail themselves of identity theft insurance, identity restoration, credit monitoring, and other services.

This letter is the only means by which the OPM will communicate with those affected by the breach.

Affected members and their dependents should not receive phone calls, e-mails, social media contact, or any other communications from any entity purporting to be the OPM regarding the breach. Do not disclose any personally identifiable information to anyone who contacts you in any way requesting this information.

If you or your dependent receives this letter and have questions or concerns regarding it, please visit the Shaw AFB Legal Office during legal assistance hours: Mondays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., or Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

If you or your dependent receives a letter from the OPM that does not conform to any of the official letter samples provided on the OPM website below, or any other form of communication purporting to be from the OPM, please alert your command immediately. Unit supervisors should report such communications to the legal office.

Airmen must remain vigilant in safeguarding their personally identifiable information and should continue to monitor their credit, bank accounts, social media accounts, government e-mail, and other sensitive and vulnerable accounts, as well as those of their dependents, for any signs of identity theft, hacking, or other abuse.

If you suspect you are a victim of identity theft or a hack, come to the legal office as soon as possible for assistance.

If you have any questions regarding this issue, please contact Capt. Eshawn Rawlley, Chief of Legal Assistance, at 803-895-1560 or DSN 965-1560.

For more information about the OPM breach, including recent updates, frequently asked questions, and official letter samples, visit www.opm.gov/cybersecurity.