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Originally posted by Seeking Nirvana
Someone mentioned class-action lawyers wanting to make money. It seems you may be right
VA barred from publicizing offer to vets
Originally posted by ADVISOR
The offers better keep rolling in, because nothing is going to compensate for the loss of security, let alone the breach of. INFOSEC should have been the priority and not even an issue.
Newly discovered documents show that the VA analyst blamed for losing the laptop had received permission to work from home with data that included millions of Social Security numbers and other personal information on veterans and military personnel.
The department said last month it was in the process of firing the data analyst, who is now challenging the dismissal.
VA officials have said the firing was justified because the analyst violated department procedure by taking the data home. They also said he was "grossly negligent" in handling sensitive information.
However, Filner noted that the employee had informed supervisors of the theft immediately after the crime, while supervisors waited nearly three weeks to inform the public on May 22. Nicholson himself was informed on May 16.
"The gross negligence in this case are the people above him," said Filner, the acting top Democrat on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee.
The documents obtained by The Associated Press show that the data analyst, whose name was being withheld, had approval as early as Sept. 5, 2002, to use special software at home that was designed to manipulate large amounts of data.
A separate agreement, dated Feb. 5, 2002, from the office of the assistant secretary for policy and planning, allowed the worker to access Social Security numbers for millions of veterans.
A third document, also issued in 2002, gave the analyst permission to take a laptop computer and accessories for work outside of the VA building.
"There is reason to be optimistic," Nicholson told a House committee at the opening of a hearing on one of the worst breaches of information security. "There is not a certainty, but we have to remain hopeful they have not been compromised."
The congressional investigation led for the last month by Indiana Congressman Steve Buyer is now turning it's focus on a VA security breach in Indianapolis.
"I am distressed to have heard about the lost tape in Indianapolis, because your counsel was just this last week before this committee, yet never informed this committee that you have a missing tape that contains over 16,538 legal cases. So I am pretty stressed this morning to have learned this last night." said Representative Steve Buyer (R), Indiana.
A backup tape to the computer server at the regional office in Indianapolis has been missing almost two months.