VA's Stolen Laptop Recovered, Data Wasn't Accessed

Incident showed 'real deficiencies in the manner we handled personal data'

Under questioning, Nicholson said he was not personally aware of the agreements. Tim McClain, the VA's general counsel, told the committee that the Social Security authorization is standard for an employee doing data analysis work, and that the laptop authorization was for a computer different from the one that was stolen.

"I can't comment on a pending action because it is still pending," McClain said.

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