USIS to lose federal contracts after cyberattack compromises security of 25,000 government workers

The estimate of Homeland Security workers affected by the breach at USIS was estimated at 25,000. (WJLA)

WASHINGTON (AP) - A congressional spokeswoman says the federal Office of Personnel Management plans to terminate its massive contracts with USIS, the major security clearance contractor that was targeted last month by a cyberattack. The computer network intrusion compromised the personal files of as many as 25,000 government workers.

Marnee Banks, spokeswoman for Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, says OPM officials notified Tester's office Tuesday that the agency had decided to sever its relationship with USIS by the end of September. An official announcement is expected Wednesday.

The Virginia-based contractor handles almost half of the security clearances for more than 5 million government workers and also provides support for numerous agencies.

A USIS spokeswoman said she could not immediately comment on the report.

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