The Health Flexible Spending Account records of 13,000 Virginia state employees were erroneously sent last month to the wrong human resources or payroll officials … who should have received information only for their own locations.
An insurance subcontractor electronically distributed the confidential health records, which included the employees’ names and Social Security numbers. The exposure of private information was not due to a hacker—but was instead caused by human error.
A special panel of the Freedom of Information Advisory Council has declined to endorse legislation to require the State Corporation Commission to comply with many provisions of Virginia’s open-government laws.
The Rights and Remedies subcommittee took up the issue at the request of a Fairfax Delegate who believes that many of the SCC’s activities are too shielded from the public.
Virginians who undervote or overvote but leave before the machine accepts their final ballots will be able to get some extra assistance from local election officials. That’s due to a new regulation adopted this week by the State Board of Elections. The extra step may not make much of a difference in lopsided elections, but it will help every vote get counted in the close ones.
With Congress in recess for the month President Obama is preparing to continue pressuring Republicans to work with him on job creation. Members of Virginia’s congressional delegation say that while his speeches rev up his base he still isn’t trying to work with the G-O-P.
The Vice Chair of the State Board of Elections is asking whether a new state law expanding the Attorney General’s power to investigate election irregularities will create a conflict of interest this fall. Kimberly Bowers, who is the Democratic appointee to the Board, raised the issue as the members held a meeting in Richmond. This year’s campaign season will be the first test of the new law.