Documents reveal weaknesses in VA’s security controls

As the Veterans Affairs Department tries to reassure and explain to House lawmakers the steps it’s taking to protect veterans’ data and agency networks, a new audit shows long-standing holes in the network continue to put veterans’ data at risk.

Documents obtained by Federal News Radio show VA failed for the 15th year in a row its consolidated financial statement audit with regard to security controls.

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Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations letter to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki
(Oct. 22, 2013)

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Timeline: HVAC O&I Letters/Attachments Sent and VA’s Responses

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Veterans Affairs IG letter to Committee on Veterans Affairs
(Nov. 12, 2013)

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Veterans Affairs Letter to Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
(Nov. 22, 2013)

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