Joint Hearing of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the U.S. Senate and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives at 1:00 p.m. CDT.
Opening Statement of Honorable Jerry McNerney, Democratic Member
Thank you Mr. Chairman for holding this legislative hearing today.
This Subcommittee is committed to providing transparency and accountability to veterans and taxpayers. I look forward to hearing from the bill’s sponsors as well as stakeholders about the legislation we have before us today.
I am pleased to have Ranking Member Donnelly’s bill, H.R. 3730, included in today’s hearing. This legislation, the Veterans Data Breach Timely Notification Act, seeks to protect veterans in the event that a data breach involving sensitive information occurs.
In light of VA’s Monthly IT report detailing data breach incidents, this Subcommittee became aware that the VA can take up to 30 days to notify veterans that a data breach occurred, potentially exposing a veteran’s sensitive personal information. To address this issue, H.R. 3730, requires the VA to notify potentially affected veterans within five working days after a data breach has occurred.
In an effort to mitigate the effects of identity fraud, this change would allow individuals to take decisive action to protect their identity.
I believe this legislation will help veteran’s protect personal identifiable information, including their social security number, which can severely affect a veteran’s financial stability.
I look forward to working with Members of this Subcommittee as we review this legislation and the other bills before us in the Subcommittee this morning.
Thank you Mr. Chairman and I yield back