The director of the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has resigned after a massive data breach involving more than 20 million people, the BBC reported Friday.
Katherine Archuleta said she would step down on Friday to help the department "move beyond the current challenges".
Authorities suspect that Chinese-based hackers targeted the computer systems of the OPM, which acts as the personnel office of the federal government.
Initially, the OPM said four million workers were affected by the breach.
However, the department disclosed on Thursday that the data of more than 20 million people, including current and former employees, may have been compromised.
Authorities in Beijing have publicly denied any involvement.
Ms Archuleta resignation comes a day after Democrats and Republicans in Congress called on her to step aside as the scope of the data breach expanded significantly.
Among the data targeted were forms used to vet potential employees of federal agencies including as the CIA and branches of the military.
Name (required) *
E-mail (required, but will not be published) *
Notify me of follow-up comments
Ben Stokes gave England a firm grip on the first Test with bat and ball before Shakib Al Hasan's 5-79 revived Bangladesh…
The facade of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in the Gulf emirate of Dubai, was lit up in pink Thursday…
The London Fashion Week (LFW) is one of the most sought out shows of the year. LFW is an annual fashion event…
Powered and Developed by FilmMatters
Copyright © 2016 Arabtoday