Katherine Archuleta, director of the federal Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta, resigned under pressure after the Obama administration announced that two major breaches of U.S. government databases holding personnel records and security-clearance files exposed the sensitive information of at least 22.1 million people, the Washington Post reports. The Chinese government is believed responsible for the hacking. Archuleta, who had led the agency for 17 months, had been under fire from Republicans and Democrats in Congress and federal employee unions in the five weeks since she disclosed a massive hack of the employment files of 4.2 million current and former federal employees.
Beth Cobert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget and a former longtime management consultant at McKinsey & Co., will take over the personnel agency in an acting role until President Obama appoints a permanent replacement. Archuleta had been national political director for the president's reelection campaign. She ranked among the administration's prominent Latinas. “There are significant [cybersecurity] challenges that are faced not just by the federal government, but by private-sector entities as well,” said White House press seretary Josh Earnest. “This is a priority of the president.”