OPM official: Agency has history of problems with security

Written by Muleskinner Staff

By KEN DILANIAN

(WASHINGTON, AP) โ€” An Office of Personnel Management investigative official is conceding the agency entrusted with millions of personnel records has a history of failing to meet basic computer network security requirements.
Michael Esser, assistant inspector general for audit, makes that assessment in written testimony to a House Oversight panel. In the prepared remarks, Esser says no one at OPM has paid a price for failing to pass numerous cyber security audits.
He adds that for years many of the people running the agency’s information technology had no IT background. Esser was appearing at a congressional hearing on the hacking of personal information on millions of current and former federal employees, including those with security clearances.