DoD has tasked the Navy with finding a contractor capable of protecting OPM hack victims from identity theft (emphasis added):
NAVSEA expects to award the immediate contract for protection services related to the hack of background investigations data by the end of August, Leshak said. GSA originally planned on selecting a contractor by Aug. 21, though an OPM spokesman has said that schedule was “notional.”
The delays in finding a contractor to deliver protection services to hack victims has angered potential bidders and hack victims, with the latter group complaining members of the federal and contractor community are anxiously awaiting information if they were affected.
Even after the contracting process is finalized and all the notifications are sent out, Congress could further complicate the situation through its own intervention. A Senate committee has unanimously backed a provision to give hack victims 10 years of credit monitoring and identity theft protection services. A bipartisan pair of House lawmakers introduced a similar measure last week, while a Democratic leader in the lower chamber has endorsed lifetime credit monitoring.
Always remember: DoD uses lowest bidder.