OPM's security clearance system is sort-of, kind-of online again

The US Office of Personnel Management says they're re-enabling user access to e-QIP, the system used to process background information forms.

Twenty one million people still remain unprotected from whomever stole their U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) records, but the OPM has announced it's repaired the the e-QIP system security hole.

E-QIP is the web-based platform used to complete and submit background investigation forms for security clearances. Whether you want to trust your personal information -- which ranges from where you lived in 2006 to what illegal drugs you've taken -- to the OPM is a question only you can answer.

At this time, if you go to the e-QIP site you'll still find the following message: "The e-QIP login page is accessible only for limited user testing. The application will remain inaccessible to most users until testing is complete. Please check back for updates."

The OPM had taken the system down in late June. The OPM has claimed that the eQIP hole had nothing to do with the OPM hacks.

The OPM stated that it will be "working closely with agencies to re-enable e-QIP users incrementally in an effort to resume this service in an efficient and orderly way. This action is being taken after extensive testing of the system - both by OPM and its partner agencies - and consultation with key stakeholders."

At this time, the OPM has not made arrangements to protect individuals whose records were stolen. Indeed, the OPM can't. It doesn't have the funding.

Acting OPM director Beth Cobert wrote in a memo to other Federal government agencies that, "Given the limited resources available to OPM at this time to deal with a contract of this size, agencies will be asked to contribute [fiscal year] 2015 funding to cover the first full year's costs of credit monitoring and related services / benefits" for the incident."

Given that we're in the last two months of the government's 2015 fiscal year, it seems impossible that any victims of the largest government personnel security breach in history will receive any protection before mid-fall. There's also no word on when e-QIP will be fully functional again.

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