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Chinese Data Breach Gets Inept Official Fired

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Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 11:54 AM Current | Bio | Archive

A head has rolled and I suppose it’s a start.

Katherine Archuleta has been forced out as director of the Office of Personnel Management in the wake of a data breach, attack really, that resulted in intimate personal details of 22 million current and former government employees being stolen.

Archuleta is a product of the ethnic spoils system that Democrats favor when staffing government. She originally came up on the coattails of Federico Peña when he came to Washington, bounced back to Colorado, directed the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation, then latched on to the Obama re-election campaign and was appointed director — the first Latina! — in May of 2013.

After the Chinese picked up their takeout order of 22 million records — including Social Security numbers, background interviews with friends and family as part of security clearance investigations, medical data, and as a bonus approximately 1 million fingerprint records — Archuleta’s appearances before congressional hearings were a pathetic exercise in behind-covering.

She had been warned earlier that OPM systems were vulnerable and some of the computer networks so porous they should be immediately shut down. But Archuleta refused, because doing so would “interfere with the agency’s mission,” which was evidently to operate a drive-thru for Peking.

During the hearings Archuleta was so lost and so incapable of discussing the operation of her agency that she resorted to reading answers from note cards prepared by her staff. Which is why Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, confronted Archuleta in a House hearing and demanded she resign: “You failed utterly and totally . . . those two had an opportunity to right the ship . . . they did not get it done and there should be consequences.”

Right up until the time she felt Obama’s loafer on her behind urging her out the door, Archuleta claimed, as the Washington Times put it, she was “in for the long haul.”

J. David Cox, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, gave NBC News the usual big government solution: more funding be poured into the same incompetent agency that caused the problem in the first place. Or in his words, “Firing one individual solves nothing."

I agree. She should be the first of many. My suggestion would be to fire everyone in the meeting who agreed with Archuleta when she refused to shut down the vulnerable networks and promote the individuals who discovered and warned of the initial problem.

Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.





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