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Veterans Stolen Data



You know what is so ironic about all we have read about the veterans stolen data is that I have yet to read anything substantial that they are doing which will prevent this from happening again.

The following is a portion of one statement made:

"Each year, VA employees are required to complete Privacy and Cyber Security training. Those training courses are provided and required to serve as important reminders to all staff that public service is a public trust. Because of the serious breach that has occurred by the actions of this VA employee in removing Federal property to his home without authorization, all employees will be asked to complete the annual General Privacy Training and VA Cyber Security Awareness Training for 2006 by June 30. All employees will then be required to sign a Statement of Commitment and Understanding. By signing this statement, you and your employees will confirm your understanding of the training, the consequences for noncompliance, and your commitment to protecting sensitive and confidential information in the Department of Veterans Affairs."

Okay. So they will be required to complete this same training that they have been doing for how many years now and it will be done by June 30 of this year. Like this is going to make a difference. This training has been ongoing for who knows how many years, yet it did no good. What makes them think this is going to change anything now. Also, nowhere have I read of any reprocussions for any misuse of secured data. In the above statement it did state that by signing a statement that the employees will understand the consequences for noncompliance. What are the consequences?

I think the government is in such a quandry over to how to handle this situation which involves millions of people that that don't even know where to really start rectifying the problem. And one of the biggest problems is the costs that can be involved, which the government doesn't have.

Everyone is mad that the government could let something like this happen and worse yet have been told for years now of the unsecure systems that they had, yet ignored this and did nothing. Everyday, it seems a new little tidbit of information hits the wire. Even though earlier we were told the only thing taken in this burglary was the laptop and disks, we now hear that there were also coins stolen. It really makes one wonder if there is other stuff that is being held back from us and will only be revealed later, if at all.

It is also hard for me to believe that the employee's boss didn't know that he was taking this stuff home. Especially for the last 3 years. So instead of it always being an employee did this and that, add all of the others in the equation as to who knew or should have known.


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Because the VA won't tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth they continue to twist in the wind because every knew revelation destroys trust in anything they have to say. I think these guys are so used to lying they just can't be upfront about anything. The culture at the VA is to hide information from veterans and everyone else.

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The VA has an amazing amount of boiler plate answers to any question. It is rare when they show any form of honesty. They treat us like the enemy.

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We are the enemy because we are making demands on the budget. We are on the liability side of the balance sheet, and all the buildings and rules and regulations are the assets.

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