EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSObama Orders Review Of Security After Washington Yard Shootings
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Reported: Sep. 17, 2013 4:25 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 17, 2013 4:31 PM EDT
Washington, D.C. , West Virginia
President Barack Obama has ordered a review of government contractor and employee security after the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.
Obama spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday that Obama has ordered his Office of Management and Budget to examine security standards for contractors and employees across federal agencies.
Law enforcement officials said Navy contractor Aaron Alexis had a "secret" level security clearance and was able to enter the Navy Yard, where he killed 12 people and wounded several others Monday.
Other security reviews were also being ordered at the Pentagon.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee is seeking details about any VA health care or other services provided to the suspect in the shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard.
Republican Rep. Jeff Miller made the request in a letter to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. A copy of the letter was obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Miller also sought information about whether Alexis had missed any appointments or had any pending.
The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee made a similar request.
Federal law enforcement officials said Alexis had been suffering a host of serious mental problems, including paranoia and a sleep disorder, and VA health providers had been treating him since August.
The VA has referred questions about Alexis to the FBI.
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