Contractors Want Guidance from Feds on OPM Hack

Like federal employees, federal contractors are waiting for agencies to explain exactly what the OPM data breach affecting 4 million employees means for them.

“Everyone’s on standby to find out if they are impacted,” said Pam Walker, senior director for homeland security at the information industry’s IT Alliance for Public Sector. “I know companies are working with OPM” and the Office of Management and Budget, which is preparing government wide cybersecurity guidance. Much of the government wide work, Walker notes, was in progress before the OPM breach.

Contractor representatives say they’re monitoring the National Archives and Records Administration, whose Information Security Oversight Office posted a proposed rule in the Federal Register last month to update policy detailing how agencies should designate, safeguard, disseminate and dispose of information that by law or regulation is sensitive but not formally classified.

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