how the U.S. Veterans Administration gave contractors access to HIPAA Compliant Data

how the U.S. Veterans Administration gave contractors access to HIPAA Compliant Data. The individuals who were granted access to the data did not properly access the data from outside the agency resulting in steep penalties. In a well written individually prepared response, please answer the following questions:

  • Why were these contractors held accountable?
  • How can the agency better handle managing contractor access to sensitive privacy data in the future?
  • What type of training do you think should be put in place to better equip the VA staff and contractors so that this does not happen again?