There are so many frustrating questions about this breach —like “why did it take so long to discover it?”  We may never find out the full story but now there’s a better chance that more information about this breach will be uncovered.

Quick recap —the breach happened in July 2011, the FBI alerted Serco (the contractor with the hacked system) in early April 2012 and Serco told the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) on April 10, 2012.

Why am I more optimistic?  Because Senator Susan Collins (Maine) has sent a letter to the TSP asking for more information.  Among her excellent questions are the following:

  •  How did the breach happen?
  •  Why did it take so long to be discovered?
  •  Why did it take the TSP so long to let the affected account holders know?
  • Why wasn’t Congress immediately notified?

Senator Collins is the ranking member on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee — the Committee that has oversight authority for the TSP.  So let’s hope her letter will generate more action and answers.

Meanwhile, keep on the alert — for a TSP letter and for any suspicious activities in your personal and financial information.  The TSP letters were mailed Friday so will be arriving throughout this week.  The TSP is still saying there’s no indication that the stolen information (including SSNs) has been misused.

I’d like to share their optimism but I’m not there yet —and TSP account holders need to be vigilant on their own behalf.