GAO report targets data breach guidelines
A U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report issued Monday in response to a May 2006 data breach at the Department of Veterans Affairs says federal agencies should have uniform guidelines governing when to offer credit monitoring to individuals whose personal information is exposed.
Veterans were denied the opportunity to take prompt steps to protect themselves against identity theft last year because internal delays kept key VA officials, including the agency’s secretary, in the dark for up to two weeks, the report states.
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