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OPM Background Check System Up and Running

After a series of data breaches wreaked havoc on the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) computer networks, the agency took eQIP, their background check system, offline for nearly a month as a precautionary measure.

“Rather, OPM took this step proactively, as a result of our comprehensive security assessment, to safeguard the ongoing security of the network,” OPM spokesman Sam Schumach said.

While e-QIP was down, agencies filed background investigations on paper, some of which are now required to be entered into the online system. Now, after numerous security upgrades, eQIP is up and running once more.

Agencies will receive incremental access to the system, according to Schumach, "in an effort to resume this service in an efficient and orderly way."

In addition to the security upgrade, OPM partnered with the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Management and Budget to implement stronger password protections and other security improvements.


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