House passed its version of the measure last month, but White House has not been pushing the bill as hard in the Senate.
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A House committee approved a bill Thursday elevating the IT chief's status.
House and Senate bills differ in whether contracts would be included in addition to grants.
Votes fall along party lines with key Democrat concerned commissions would be partisan, put agencies on “extermination” schedules.
Bill would require the VA secretary to hire an outside agency to conduct a risk analysis after security breaches.
House Transportation-Treasury spending bill includes language barring agency from contracting with the private sector for collections.
The right mission statement can move employees to take their task to heart.
Medicare prescription drug program accounted for largest increase.
Employees and managers are responsible for securing information and property when working offsite, official says.
General counsel’s memorandums on attempts to centralize authority over IT security had engendered criticism.