Magazine article Insight on the News

FBI May Not Be Alone in Missing Computers and Guns

Magazine article Insight on the News

FBI May Not Be Alone in Missing Computers and Guns

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Following the rumpus about the unexplained loss by the FBI of hundreds of weapons and computers, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has asked the Treasury Department whether similar problems have affected the Customs Service, Secret Service or any other federal law-enforcement agency managed by Treasury.

In his letter sent July 18 to the Treasury's inspector general (IG), Grassley, the ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee, requested the IG to assess whether Treasury's inventory regulations are sufficient to prevent loss or theft and to identify any missing or stolen items.

The senator wrote: "Recent reports of lost or stolen firearms and computers at the Federal Bureau of Investigation necessitate my asking the Office of Inspector General to conduct an assessment of the Treasury's inventory practices regarding its stock of firearms, computers and other items that might compromise the public's safety, national security or ongoing investigations."

According to a Grassley aide, the senator has no knowledge of any loss or theft problems at the Treasury Department's law-enforcement agencies. The request was prompted by curiosity and the suspicion that lightning tends to strike twice in Washington. …

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