Back in November we reported on the USPS data breach that was said to have affected both USPS employees and some customers. Now we know the USPS data breach has some far reaching implications for USPS employees. The USPS is now sending some employees letters that explain to them that their data may have been compromised deeper than initially reported. Medical records, social security numbers and bank routing information have been compromised for these employees. The USPS is advising that employees will be receiving this letter in the next few days.
All affected employees and former employees should begin receiving letters this week from the Postal Service, alerting them to this possible breach, and recommending actions they should take to protect themselves.
If you are not sure whether your OWCP claim is one of those affected, or if you wish to speak with someone directly about your situation, you are encouraged to contact the USPS Human Resources Shared Service Center 1-877-477-3273 and choose option 5 (option 1 for TDD/TTY), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. eastern time.
The odd thing about this whole USPS data breach is that the agency knew the system had been breached in September 2014 yet took no actions until late November. The explanation given was they were attempting to keep more data loss to a minimum. If you’re a postal employee reading this, have you recieved this letter from the USPS? Please let us know and if you’d like to share email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.