Reviewing the FAFSA Data Breach, Hearing Before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, May 3, 2017   [open pdf - 894KB]

"This testimony compilation is from the May 3, 2017 hearing on 'Reviewing the FAFSA [Free Application for Federal Student Aid] Data Breach' before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. From the statement of James W. Runcie: 'There is no evidence that the malicious actors accessed any personal information from the Department's systems. We are confident that the personal information the Department has on borrowers, students, and parents remains appropriately protected. While the FAFSA was involved, FSA [Federal Student Aid] believes this was, in essence, a scheme directed at retrieving tax data from the IRS [Internal Revenue Service]. Using personal information obtained illegally from other sources--including name, Social Security number, date of birth, address, and tax filing status--malicious actors were able to start filling out FAFSAs. The malicious actors then used the DRT [Data Retrieval Tool] to access taxpayer information from the IRS, including the Adjusted Gross Income, which is necessary to file a fraudulent tax return.' Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: James W. Runcie, Jason K. Gray, Ken Corbin, Gina Garza, and Tim Camus."

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