Even when DOS is highly optimized, LB does not assign consciousness to sensory data, but goes through the extra step of passing on intensity values sent to it by sensory receptors to VP, based on which, VP assigns consciousness.
The reason for the same is that besides sensory data, which are physical phenomena, judgements are also needed for intramural communication, i.e. thoughts, which are mental phenomena, where VP needs to consider different aspects of intramural communication using it's capabilities of utilizing past data and future projections in order to make decisions and finalize executions, and thus, need consciousness to be assigned. In simple words, VP needs to assign consciousness to both, physical sensations and thoughts.
To identify them separately while explaining their workings, when VP assigns consciousness to sensory data, I will call it "Sensory Consciousness", when it assigns to intramural communication, I will call it "Intramural Consciousness".
When VP assigns sensory consciousness, it does not assign it directly. It also takes into consideration how it perceives the interaction, based on which, it assigns additional level of consciousness
(as mentioned under title Pain Perception), which reveals another quality of VP, which is that it can not only assign, but regulate the level of consciousness, which it does dynamically based on significance of whatever it assigns consciousness to, either sensory data or aspects of intramural communication.
How VP regulates level of consciousness can be understood by the following analogy: The way a dimmer regulates brightness of light bulb by altering voltage, VP regulates level of consciousness by altering biological processes. If the level is more, a person is more conscious of sensory data or intramural communication being assigned by it, and vice versa.