Friday, January 17, 2014

News of interest

Courtesy of the VFW Washington Weekly, January 17, 2014, these two items:

VA's eBenefits Portal Shut Down for Software Defect: VFW learned this week that on Wednesday, during a process to improve software supporting the joint VA and DOD benefits web portal eBenefits, VA discovered a software defect. During a limited timeframe, some veterans and service members who had registered and logged into eBenefits were able to see a combination of their information as well as personal information from other e-Benefits users. VA immediately shut down the eBenefits system in order to limit any further issues with personal information captured on the site. VA is in the process of identifying those that were affected, and plans to contact those veterans directly to offer proper credit monitoring. VA is also conducting a full review to be certain the underlying technological issues have been resolved before the system will be returned to normal operations. Check regularly with for updates on the situation.


VA Appropriations Not Enough: The VFW and its three other co-authors on the Independent Budget expressed concern with the funding provided to the VA by the Omnibus Bill. The spending package provides only $342 million for Major Construction, which is about $800 million less than what the IB recommends for FY 2014, and billions less than what's truly needed for construction funding. Additionally, the bill would slash funding for Medical Facilities, reducing that account by nearly $500 million. Along with AMVETS, DAV and PVA, the VFW appreciates the modest increases to Medical Services and the Veterans Benefits Administration, as well as to Information Technology, but emphasizes that more must be done. The four organizations again call for the passage of the companion bills H.R. 813 and S. 932 to provide advance appropriations for all VA accounts. Currently, only the medical care accounts are funded through advance appropriations. The 28th edition of the Independent Budget is expected to be released next month. For the IB press release, go to For the IB FY 2015 Critical Issues report, go to


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