Department of Veterans Affairs was warned privacy breach was practically unavoidable
The I-Team has uncovered documents revealing the Department of Veterans Affairs was warned that a privacy breach, like the one ABC11 exposed last month, was “practically unavoidable because of problems with the VA’s information technology system.”
The I-Team was the first to report the breach back in January, and obtained new documents Friday.
ABC11 got a hold of the own internal document from the House Veteran Affairs Committee. It literally spells out what could happen, and what did happen, a few months later.[…]
The report even gives a timeline, 12 to 18 months, and says the VA cannot ensure the safety and privacy of veteran healthcare, benefits, and financial information. It also says the department is non-compliant with its own policies and federal laws.
The VA has reportedly called the document a draft that was later rescinded and corrected. Nonetheless, for some veterans, including Edwards, that explanation does not hold up.
Read more on ABC11, and kudos to the I-Team. Our veterans deserve better.