Vietnam Veterans of America applauds the move
by Secretary of Veterans Affairs James Nicholson to seek bids from private
companies to monitor the credit of all veterans and active-duty military
personnel who may be at risk as a result of the largest personal data
information breach in history.
“This move to pay for the
credit monitoring for all veterans and active-duty servicemen and women who
may be a risk is a good move by secretary Nicholson, and we commend him for
it,” said VVA National President John Rowan. “Since the Secretary is
seeking bids for this service, the cost is still unclear. However, VVA is
adamantly opposed to any further diminishment of VA health care and other
vital services that are already under-funded to pay for this. While we share
the Secretary’s commitment that this must be paid for with added funds, the
Office of Management & Budget (OMB), the President, and Congress must move
to find these additional funds.”
Rowan said that Sec.
Nicholson’s announcement is “a good first step toward addressing one aspect
of the issues uncovered by the data theft. The questions of what the VA
Policy & Planning office was doing with confidential and privileged
information on individual veterans and active-duty service members still
have not been addressed, much less satisfactorily answered,” he said.
Questions have been raised
as to whether they had legitimate reason to have Social Security data,
disability codes and percentages, and other information about individuals in
that office. What work were they doing? Since OMB or the White House had to
have helped them get this data from other agencies, what was the purpose?
These are but a few of the unanswered questions that remain, and that must
be satisfactorily answered, and soon.”