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Opening Statement of Honorable Jackie Walorski

Mr. Chairman and Ranking Member, it’s an honor to serve on this committee.  

I thank you for holding this hearing on such an important issue affecting our veterans and their sensitive personal information.

There are over 22 million veterans who have proudly served this country and who we are indebted to for their selfless call to protect the freedoms which we cherish.  The fact that the personal information of many of these veterans may have been compromised is completely unacceptable.

The VA’s Office of Information and Technology has proven inept at securing the Department’s information systems and has consequentially exposed veteran information.

Our veterans are comprised of an exceptional group of men and women, including their families, who should not live in fear of their private information getting into the wrong hands.

I look forward to working my colleagues and our panelists to establish an immediate plan of action that will address this serious problem.

Thank you.