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VA Chief to Undergo Tough Questioning

CAPITOL HILL -- Veterans Administration Secretary Jim Nicholson can expect some very tough questions today from Congress about the theft of veterans' personal information.

Lawmakers are furious that the sensitive information may have been compromised, and that it took almost three weeks for the VA to make it public. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Larry Craig says he wants to hear from Nicholson about the timing, security procedures and who was involved.

He says "26 million people deserve answers." Nicholson has asked the agency's inspector general to determine who knew what and when.

Earlier this week, Governor Bob Riley and Attorney General Troy King urged Alabama veterans to carefully monitor their credit records for fraud or related crimes.

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