OPM director calls it quits after massive data breach

Katherine Archuleta said she was stepping down on Friday, the day after news reports surfaced that a breach of her department had affected 21 million Americans.


In the wake of news that hackers obtained the personal information of more than 21 million Americans, embattled Office of Personnel Management director Katherine Archuleta said Friday that she is stepping down.

She previously refused to budge, telling reporters on Thursday that she would not resign despite urging from members of both parties. Archuleta also indicated that "the breaches were found because of improvements made to OPM’s cybersecurity network under her leadership," according to The Washington Post.

She called helming OPM "the highlight of my career," according to The Huffington Post, and said leaving may allow "the agency to move beyond the current challenges."

Amid reaction on Twitter on Friday afternoon, CNN looked at the blow the data breach has dealt to the federal government.

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