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Veterans Affairs Insider Threat Program Awareness and Reporting Tool


Acts of commission or omission by an insider who intentionally or unintentionally compromises VA’s ability to accomplish its mission. These acts include but are not limited to, espionage, unauthorized disclosure of information, and any activity resulting in the loss or degradation of departmental resources or capabilities.

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Potential Insider Threat Behavioral Indicators:

  • Failure to report overseas travel or contact with foreign nationals
  • Seeking to gain a higher clearance level or expand accesses outside the job scope
  • Engaging in classified conversations without a need to know
  • Working hours inconsistent with job assignment or insistence on working in private
  • Repeated Security violations
  • Attempting to gain access to unauthorized areas
  • Disgruntlement with the U.S. Government strong enough to cause an individual to seek or wish for revenge

Not every individual who exhibits one or more of these behavioral indicators is involved with illicit behavior, but most individuals who have been involved with espionage were later found to have displayed one or more of these indicators.

Points of Contact

VA Insider Threat Program

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All suspicious circumstances or behaviors do not represent a spy in our mist, but every situation needs to be examined to determine whether our Nation’s secrets are at risk.