Kather­ine Archuleta, for a hack that keeps get­ting big­ger

The Washington Post Sunday - - OUTLOOK - By Aaron Blake aaron.blake@wash­post.com Have a can­di­date for the worst week in Washington? E-mail Chris Cil­lizza at chris.cil­lizza@wash­post.com.

It’s been a tough cou­ple of years for top Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials. Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Sec­re­tary Kath­leen Sebelius stepped down last year af­ter the flawed HealthCare.gov roll­out. Se­cret Ser­vice Di­rec­tor Ju­lia Pier­son re­signed in Oc­to­ber amid scan­dals at her agency. Ditto for Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Sec­re­tary Eric Shin­seki and CIA Di­rec­tor David Pe­traeus — whose scan­dal was per­sonal. Lois Lerner fell vic­tim to the IRS’s tar­get­ing of con­ser­va­tive groups.

Fri­day brought the latest en­try: Of­fice of Per­son­nel Man­age­ment head Kather­ine Archuleta ten­dered her res­ig­na­tion amid mount­ing calls for her to step down be­cause of the way she han­dled a gov­ern­ment hack that has been blamed on the Chi­nese.

First, OPM re­ported that 4.2 mil­lion peo­ple had been af­fected — which seemed at the time like a stag­ger­ing num­ber, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing what was stolen: de­tailed per­son­nel records and ref­er­ences for se­cu­rity clear­ances that in­cluded per­sonal in­for­ma­tion about friends and rel­a­tives of gov­ern­ment job ap­pli­cants. “It’s a trea­sure trove of in­for­ma­tion about ev­ery­body who has worked for, tried to work for or works for the United States gov­ern­ment,” FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey said Thurs­day.

His com­ments came the same day OPM re­vised the 4.2 mil­lion fig­ure to 22.1 mil­lion. That’s nearly 1 in ev­ery 15 Amer­i­cans. Soon, mem­bers of Congress were call­ing for Archuleta’s head. The de­mands came mostly from Repub­li­cans, but even some Democrats said that OPM hadn’t been suf­fi­ciently forth­com­ing about the hack and that Archuleta should step aside. At first she re­sisted, but the writ­ing was on the wall. She re­signed just af­ter noon on Fri­day.

Kather­ine Archuleta, for ris­ing to the top only to be un­done when you got there, you had the worst week in Washington. Con­grats, or some­thing.

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