House Speaker John Boehner and Sen. John McCain are joining a growing chorus of lawmakers demanding the ouster of the federal government’s top personnel manager, blaming her for a pair of damaging security breaches that compromised sensitive data of more than 22 million people.
“It has taken this administration entirely too long to come to grips with the magnitude of this security breach — a breach that experts agree was entirely foreseeable,” Boehner said in a statement Thursday, which was echoed by similar calls from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.).
Boehner urged President Barack Obama to “take a strong stand against incompetence in his administration” by replacing Katherine Archuleta, director of the Office of Personnel Management. And McCain called the office’s newest estimates of the data loss — the theft of security clearance data on 21.5 million people — “nothing short of staggering.”
“I am troubled by the administration’s lack of response and question how it continues to sit idly by as our adversaries exploit the United States on a continuous basis with little, or meaningless, reprisal,” the Arizona Republican said.