Contact theSOPAbout theSOPSupport theSOPWritersEditorsManaging Editors
theSOP logo
Published:May 17th, 2007 06:32 EST

TSA Employee Data Security Incident

By SOP newswire

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced a benefit package to provide employees and former employees affected by the data security incident with free credit monitoring for up-to one year.

In addition to credit monitoring, the package includes ID theft insurance up to $25,000, fraud alerts and identity restoration specialists who will complete paperwork and assist employees in the event they are a victim of identity theft. Current and former employees can register via phone, mail or online through a secure Web site. More information is available at www.tsa.gov, including a list of frequently asked questions.

Update on Investigation
During the weekend, extensive interviews were conducted as part of the continuing investigation for the missing hard drive. The U.S. Secret Service has been actively working with TSA since Friday morning, including gathering forensic evidence. The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General is keeping appraised of the investigation. Measures are in place to alert TSA if someone attempts to use the hard drive. To date, there is still no evidence to indicate employee data have been compromised.

TSA announced Friday a data security incident involving approximately 100,000 archived employment records of individuals employed by the agency from January 2002 until August 2005. An external hard drive containing personnel data (including name, Social Security number, date of birth, payroll information, bank account and routing information) was discovered missing from a controlled area at the TSA Headquarters Office of Human Capital on Thursday, May 3.