This bill — known as the WINGMAN Act — would require the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) to give an accredited, permanent Congressional employee read-only access to a veteran’s case records in the electronic Veterans Benefits Administration claims records if the veteran gives them permission. Currently access is only given to a person acting as the veteran’s attorney, although Congressional staffers are able to help process those files.
The VA would ensure that the Congressional employee wouldn’t be allowed to modify data in the system, and the employee must be certified by the VA to be granted access. Members of Congress who choose to have an employee certified would be required to pay the cost of certification from their official budget.