The Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services said today that the personal data of about 4,900 current and former state employees may have been exposed in a security breach.
Officials received word of a possible breach on Thursday afternoon and notified both the Health and Human Services Commission and law enforcement. The HHSC inspector general is investigating the incident. The agency said personal information of employees of DARS, as well as the former Texas Rehabilitation Commission, the Commission for the Blind and the Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing may have been exposed.
Current employees have been informed of the breach, and the agency is reaching out to former employees to notify them. They agency has also set up a hotline for those with questions and is working to offer free credit monitoring services for employees.
This data security mishap comes after Comptroller Susan Combs, in April, announced a data breach that affected more than 3.5 million current and former state employees.