Only those parties who are eligible for payment and have not already submitted their SSN will need to submit it at this time for TOP verification. They can call or email the Claims Administrator at Questions@OPMDataBreach.com to confirm if we have received their SSN information. Class Counsel does not have access to the claims database.
There is not a specific time frame for completion of TOP verification. Please be patient. The website will be updated when payments start to go out.
Claim and defect response processing is now complete, and the Claims Administrator has made its eligibility determinations. In late September, eligible Claimants should receive emails or letters containing login instructions for a secure portal, where they can submit their Social Security numbers for the required Treasury Offset Program verification. For more information, please review the pre-distribution verification FAQs here.
Section VII.B of the Settlement Agreement, as well as federal law, makes all awards subject to review by the Treasury Offset Program (“TOP”). TOP collects past-due (delinquent) debts, such as tax liabilities, that people owe to state and federal agencies. All awards must be reviewed by the TOP programs before they may be disbursed. After eligible Claimants have provided their Social Security numbers to the Claims Administrator and the TOP verification process is complete, an amount sufficient to pay all valid claims (less any offsets required by federal law) will be paid from the Treasury Department to the qualified settlement fund, from which the Claims Administrator will pay the eligible Claimants.
If an eligible Claimant does not provide their Social Security number for TOP verification, federal law prevents the Treasury Department from releasing the funds to issue their settlement payment. We cannot change this requirement.
If You Were Subject to the Data Breaches of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and Its Contractor (Peraton Risk Decision Inc.), and You Experienced an Out-of-Pocket Loss After the Breaches, You Could Be Eligible for a Payment from a Class Action Settlement
You may be eligible to receive a payment from a proposed $63,000,000 class action settlement.
The lawsuit is about the data breaches of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (“OPM”) in 2014 and 2015 and its security contractor in 2013 and 2014 that allegedly compromised personal information of then-current and former federal government employees and contractors, as well as certain applicants for federal employment. The Defendants in the case—OPM and its contractor, known now as Peraton Risk Decision Inc. (“Peraton”) and previously as KeyPoint Government Solutions, Inc.—deny that they did anything wrong and dispute that they have any liability, but have agreed to settle the lawsuit.
To be eligible to make a claim for payment, your personal information must have been compromised in the data breaches, and you must also have suffered an out-of-pocket expense or lost compensable time:
- to purchase a credit monitoring product, credit or identity theft protection product, or other product or service designed to identify or remediate the data breaches;
- to access, freeze or unfreeze a credit report with a credit reporting agency; or
- as a result of an identity theft incident or to mitigate an identity theft incident.
Eligible claimants under the Settlement will receive $700 or the actual amount of the claim—whichever is greater—up to a maximum of $10,000, unless the total value of all valid claims, plus any incentive awards to named plaintiffs, exceeds the amount of money in the fund.
The Settlement does not affect or release claims of anyone who was subject to the data breaches and who did not experience losses within any of the three categories listed above.
You can file your claim here. You can also opt out of or object to the Settlement.
OPM (as authorized by Congress) has made free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services available to all individuals whose personal information was compromised in the data breaches. If you have not signed up for these services but wish to do so, visit www.opm.gov/cybersecurity or call 1-800-750-3004 Monday through Saturday, between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.