New questions arise over VA's system of medical employee background checks

New questions are being raised following the release of a government report that found more than 6,000 active employees at Veterans Affairs medical facilities have not gone through the required background check process.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., released a letter Monday questioning how the backlog reported by the VA Inspector General (PDF) might be threatening patients at Missouri's VA hospitals and requesting answers about the response to the problem.

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