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Friday, June 09, 2006

STATEMENT FROM REP. LANE EVANS (D-IL) RE: VA DATA THEFT

STATEMENT OF REP. LANE EVANS (D-IL), ON DISCLOSURE THAT 2.2 MILLION ACTIVE DUTY/RESERVE PERSONNEL ARE AFFECTED BY VA DATA THEFT

A solemn trust between veterans, current servicemembers and their government has been broken by the revelation that the recent VA data breach has compromised nearly 26.5 million citizens who have worn the uniform in defense of this country, including 2.2 million active duty and reserve personnel.

The magnitude of this data breach is simply breathtaking and overwhelming. The VA cannot yet tell us the full extent of this sensitive personal data that has been compromised, or the number of veterans and servicemembers that are affected by the VA's negligence.

Instead of continuing to eke out the information, drip by drip, on an almost daily basis, adding to the list of those whose personal information is at risk, the VA must get to the bottom of this now, fix the problem, put forth long-term solutions and put veterans' minds at ease. That, of course, will take action by Congress as well, which is addressing the problem, but shockingly, this White House has been silent, failing to offer a single legislative fix over the course of these revelations to protect veterans.

The Administration has dropped the ball and put a significant portion of our population at risk for identity theft and the loss of their privacy. And it did so in the face of at least five years of warnings, precise warnings that it was putting veterans at risk.

I have called on GAO to launch an independent investigation, concurrent to those being conducted by the VA Inspector General and federal law enforcement. We must fix broken processes and a failed management culture. We must strive to make veterans whole, ease their anxieties and build back a trust with veterans and service men and women that has been violated.

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