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

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VA medical facilities are supposed to initiate the background investigation process within 14 calendar days of an employee hire. (JeffOnWire CC BY 2.0)

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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