ABC Report on OPM Hack Finds Its Way Into Oversight Committee Hearing

By Brian Flood 

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ABC News has been all over the OPM hacking story, first reporting the hack was bigger than we realized and the KeyPoint contractor link. The network’s reporting even turned up in the oversight committee hearing on the OPM data breach.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, feels “more strongly than ever” that government contractor KeyPoint should testify to the committee, and he expresses new concern over “specific vulnerabilities that contractors pose to our government’s cyber security.”

During a hearing, lawmakers repeatedly cited ABC News reporting on the OPM hack, even holding up printed copies of last Friday’s report. Cummings linked to an ABC News report in his own press release, while Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney and Rep. Matt Cartwright also mentioned it during the hearing.

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“Now, I want to refer to this article that I’d like to place it in the record. I think it’s an important one. It came from ABC News,”Maloney said. “It reports that they seem to be looking at and gathering information on an SF[86] form, which is a Standard Form [86], which is required for any employee seeking classified security clearances. So that would be people in important positions in our government.”

If you’re interested, the entire 2.5 hour hearing is below. Maloney’s comments about ABC News come at the 1:21:06, while Cartwright’s are at 1:54:38: