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Office of Research Oversight

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Research Information Security

The Research Information Security (RIS) Workgroup within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Research Oversight (ORO) conducts onsite and remote compliance assessments of VHA facility research programs.  In addition to these assessments, the RIS Workgroup remotely manages reports of Information Security incidents and provides remote and on-site Technical Assistance as needed.  The primary focus of the RIS Workgroup's oversight activities is to assist VHA research programs in enhancing and improving their facility Research Information Security practices so that Veteran research subjects’ personal information and other VA research data are appropriately protected.

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National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Special Publication 800-53 Revision 5
Security and Privacy Controls for Information Systems and Organizations

VA Handbook 6500
Risk Management Framework for VA Information Systems

VA Office of Information and Technology
Office of Information Security
Knowledge Service (Internal VA website)

VHA Directive 1605.01
Privacy and the Release of Information
VHA Privacy Office