The Office of
Personnel Management is trying to persuade a federal court to dismiss NTEU’s
cyberbreach lawsuit, but the union is resisting that effort.
On July 27, NTEU filed a legal brief opposing OPM’s proposal
to dismiss the lawsuit, which NTEU first filed last year and amended this past
June. NTEU sued after the unprecedented cyberattacks on the personnel records
of more than 20 million federal employees, retirees and their family members,
including many union members.
The lawsuit, pending in the U.S. District Court for the
District of Columbia, alleges that OPM violated NTEU members’ constitutional
right to informational privacy by failing to properly secure the records
despite warnings about security deficiencies from OPM’s inspector general.
Among other relief, NTEU wants the court to order OPM to
provide lifetime credit monitoring and identity theft protection for any NTEU
member affected by the cyberattacks and to take corrective measures to improve
its information technology security.
OPM has until Aug. 29 to file its response to NTEU's filing.
The District Court has scheduled oral argument for Oct. 27 on portions of OPM's
motion to dismiss the NTEU lawsuit.
You can learn more about the lawsuit and the cyberattacks