The cybersecurity incidents announced recently by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) could affect some Postal Service employees.
According to OPM, current, former and prospective federal employees and contractors had data stolen in two separate incidents.
The Postal Service and the Postal Inspection Service are working with OPM to determine the number of postal employees affected.
The first incident involved the personnel data of 4.2 million current and former federal employees. OPM said everyone affected should have been notified.
The second incident, reported in June, involves OPM background investigation records of current, former and prospective federal employees and contractors.
This includes 19.7 million individuals who applied for a background investigation, and 1.8 million non-applicants, primarily spouses or co-habitants of applicants.
In a statement, OPM said if you underwent a background investigation through the agency in 2000 or later, it’s “highly likely” you were affected by the second incident.
This could include postal workers, according to OPM. Individuals who submitted information prior to 2000 may be affected, but it’s less likely.
The agency said there’s no evidence that health, financial, payroll and retirement records of federal personnel or those who applied for federal jobs were affected by this second incident.
Everyone who is affected will be notified by OPM.
OPM’s site has more information, including steps on monitoring identity and financial information.