Special Counsel to the National Background Investigations Bureau
Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Office of Personnel Management
Amy Waller Apostol was invited to join the U.S. Office of Personnel Management as
Special Counsel in late summer of 2015 following the discovery of the breach of
personnel and background investigation records data. She served as part of the senior
management team that coordinated the incident response, notification, and remediation
efforts, and as the lead staff attorney at OPM defending the agency in the consolidated
class action cybersecurity litigation in federal court.
Concurrent with her work on cybersecurity issues, Amy served as the legal advisor to a
transition team of senior federal employees charged with creating a new background
investigations bureau. She was subsequently selected to serve as Special Counsel for the
National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) and continues to provide support on
many complex matters, including data privacy implications of the vast amounts of
records held and the need to responsibly share them for business purposes. Amy
evaluates the legal efficacy of policies, standards, and work products related to the
Bureau’s core business functions, and assists in identifying, developing and
implementing compliance and risk management strategies.
She also supports development of stakeholder communications and the alignment of policies and business
processes within the Bureau as well as across the federal government.
Before arriving at OPM, Amy served for over four years as an Associate Deputy General
Counsel for the U.S. Department of Defense where she worked on federal court litigation
impacting the department, supported administrative processes as a legal advisor and
member of an interagency team, and participated in the development of sustainable