Taxpayers should expect to keep paying for VA security laps

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As an update to the ongoing Veterans Affairs security problems, Secretary Jim Nicholson told Congress this week he expects to be able to transform the agency into an ideal example of information security – but it will take a lot of time and money, the Associated Press reports.

According to Nicholson’s statements, the costs of credit monitoring and other required measures to aid veterans and those in active service in protecting their identities could cost upwards of $160.5 million. Nicholson said monies within this total include compensations to members that actually have their identities stolen, the AP reports.
   
Additionally, more funding could be needed to further fix the VA’s security practices towards making it the “model” of information security he described. Also, veterans might be offered a full year of credit monitoring, the AP reports.