07.13.15

Gardner Demands Answers on OPM Hack

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has sent a letter to President Obama regarding the numerous unanswered questions that remain relating to the massive hack of federal employee information at the Office of Personnel Management. The letter details the scale of the hack and the Administration’s lack of response, and asks for answers to the following questions:

1) How soon after the discovery of the breach did the Administration positively identify the perpetrators and possible state sponsors?  Why hasn’t the Administration publicly disclosed to date the identity of the perpetrators and whether they are tied to the [People’s Republic of China]?

2) If the PRC is involved, as reports suggest, why hasn’t the Administration held the PRC accountable through diplomatic actions?  Has the State Department formally raised this issue with the PRC Ambassador to the United States?  Was it raised at high levels during the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) last month? If so, why wasn’t the OPM breach, or cybersecurity in general, among the 127 S&ED “outcomes”, which ranged from everything from wildlife trafficking to volcano studies?  Will you commit to raising the OPM breach directly with President Xi during your upcoming bilateral summit September?

3) What is the Administration’s plan to hold these individuals or entities accountable, either through U.S. federal government indictments or imposition of U.S. sanctions?

The full letter can be read here.