Uncle Sam Loses Stuff

One big reason we should all oppose the idea of a National ID Card is that Big Brother -- I mean, Uncle Sam -- has a tendency to lose laptop computers.  Maybe they get lost every day, but the ones we hear about are the laptops with thousands of people's personal information aboard.

Uncle Sam also loses a lot of guns, large sums of money, and massive computer backup files (at the most convenient moments).  Occasionally, good old Uncle Sam loses track of suspicious people and important evidence.



Passenger finds air marshal's loaded gun on Delta flight.  A federal air marshal left her loaded gun in an airplane restroom during a transatlantic flight to Kennedy Airport — yet she's still on the job, it was reported Saturday [4/22/2017].  A passenger found the weapon on Delta Flight 221 from Manchester, England, on April 6, and gave it to a flight attendant who returned it to the marshal, CNN said.  Federal Air Marshal Service sources told CNN that the agent should have been placed on leave, but remains on active flight duty.

Air marshal left loaded gun in bathroom abroad transatlantic Delta flight:  Reports.  A federal air marshal misplaced her loaded service weapon in the bathroom of a transatlantic flight earlier this month before it was ultimately found by another passenger, according to multiple reports.  The incident happened aboard Delta Flight #221 on April 6 as the aircraft traveled to New York City from Manchester, England, CNN and the New York Times each reported this week citing several unnamed sources.  The passenger who found the weapon in the aircraft's bathroom alerted the flight crew who subsequently returned it to the air marshal, the outlets reported.

Laptop holding Trump Tower floor plans, Hillary Clinton email investigation info stolen from Secret Service agent.  A laptop computer containing floor plans for Trump Tower, information about the Hillary Clinton email investigation and other national security information was stolen from a Secret Service agent's vehicle in Brooklyn, police sources told the [New York] Daily News.  Authorities have been frantically searching for the laptop since it was stolen Thursday morning — and are trying to determine if the thief knew what he was taking or randomly targeted the agent's vehicle.

Targeted Theft — Secret Service Laptop Containing Clinton Investigation Files Stolen From Vehicle Agent's Home.  Everyone should try to skip the shiny things embedded within the story of a laptop theft from a Secret Service Agent Marie Argentieri.  The theft appears to have nothing to do with Trump Tower or Trump Tower floor plans.  The theft appears to have everything to do with Argentieri as a supportive investigator for Hillary Clinton's private email server.  Evidence of the specific targeting is transparent within the eye witness stories that a car pulled up, a passenger exited the vehicle — went directly to Agent Argentieri's vehicle, broke in, took the back pack and walked away quickly.

Secret Service laptop, pins, radio stolen.  A Secret Service computer containing sensitive security information about Trump Tower was stolen from an agent's vehicle in New York on Thursday, along with a set of security perimeter pins, a personal laptop, and other items, federal and New York City law enforcement sources told POLITICO.  The Secret Service laptop, which contained information about the layout and evacuation routes in Trump Tower, was still missing as of Friday afternoon [3/17/2017], according to multiple sources familiar with the investigation.

Secret Service computer containing Trump Tower floor plans stolen from car.  A laptop containing floor plans for Trump Tower, information about the Hillary Clinton email investigation and other national security information has been stolen from a US Secret Service agent's car in New York.  US media said the authorities had been frantically searching for the computer since it was stolen Thursday morning.  Some items stolen along with the laptop — including coins and a black bag with the Secret Service insignia on it — were later recovered.  But the laptop, along with other documents described as "sensitive," have not been found.

Secret Service Laptop Stolen, But Data Not at Risk:  Sources.  A New York-based Secret Service agent's laptop was stolen from her car in Brooklyn, but the device is encrypted and sensitive data is not at risk, law enforcement sources told NBC News and NBC New York on Friday.  The sources said the laptop requires a keycode to access, and two unsuccessful attempts to log in will destroy the device's memory.

FBI sub-machine gun stolen from California agent's car.  The FBI announced Friday [1/20/2017] that a sub-machine gun was stolen out of an agent's car earlier this month outside San Francisco.  The San Francisco Chronicle described the gun as a Heckler & Koch MP5 10 mm.  The report said an ammunition magazine and bulletproof vest were also taken from the special agent's vehicle.  It is believed that the items were taken on the evening of Jan. 8 or the morning of Jan. 9, according to the report.  It was unclear how the weapon was stored in the car, which was parked in Contra Costa County.

DHS 'snafu' gives Illegal aliens green cards.  [T]hanks to the Obama administration's incompetence that's been observed repeatedly, upon taking office on Jan. 20, 2017, President Trump will face an immigration and homeland security behemoth gone berserk.  For example, a report released by the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General admits that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services problems experienced in the agency's so-called Green Cards issuance program are far worse than originally believed.  The audit was conducted as a follow-up to a March 2016 report in which the DHS OIG revealed that the USCIS had sent hundreds of Green Cards to the wrong addresses.

DHS loses thousands of 'Keys to the Kingdom'.  President-Elect Donald Trump's campaign promise to build a wall to separate the United States from Mexico resonated with many Americans and galvanized their support, which ultimately enabled him to win the election.  These voters want to prevent narcotics and illegal aliens and the criminals and terrorists among them from flowing freely into the United States. [...] While illegal immigration represents a huge multi-faceted challenge and, indeed threat, to America and Americans, the multiple failures of the legal immigration system is no less problematic.

Thousands Of Immigration Green Cards Have Disappeared.  Thousands of green cards are missing because U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officials apparently sent them to the wrong addresses, jeopardizing national security, according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (IG) report made public Monday [11/21/2016].  "It appears that thousands of green cards have simply gone missing," DHS Inspector General John Roth said in a news release.  "In the wrong hands, green cards may enable terrorists, criminals, and undocumented aliens to remain in the United States.  It is vital that USCIS ensure better tools and procedures are in place to mitigate such risks."

JW Probe:  Secret Service Loses Guns, Badges, Laptops, "Other Equipment".  Since 2001 dozens of weapons and pistols have gone missing, hundreds of agent badges and cell phones as well as scores of laptop and desktop computers and six agency motor vehicles.  Labeled "lost and stolen assets" by the Secret Service, the records are broken down by year and type of equipment missing.  Two categories are somewhat vague and neither includes records before 2009.  One, titled "other equipment," reveals the loss of 793 items since 2009.  The other, listed as "office equipment," shows the loss of 201 items during the same period.  The agency had an especially humiliating year in 2004 when 1,362 items were recorded as lost or stolen, the records show.  Radio equipment led with 191 lost items in addition to 53 laptops, 53 desktop computers, 26 badges and 25 cell phones, among others.  In 2002 the Secret Service lost 1,179 items, including a disturbing number of weapons (69) and badges (40).

Secret Service Can't Find Tons Of Its Guns, Phones, Badges And Cars.  Thousands of sensitive assets belonging to U.S. Secret Service agents, including firearms, computer laptops, work badges, telephones and even motor vehicles, have been lost during the past 15 years, according to documents obtained by nonprofit government watchdog Judicial Watch.  "This is supposedly an elite law enforcement agency — how did all this equipment get stolen?" or lost.  "This is alarming.  Every American should be alarmed about this," Judicial Watch's Irene Garcia told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Feds: DHS agent leaves car unlocked; M4 assault rifle, tactical vest stolen.  A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agent who lives in Brighton had his agency-issued .223 assault rifle stolen out of his unlocked car back in September, according to federal court paperwork.  Federal prosecutors said Russell Lawrence, a heroin addict who was taking items from unlocked cars, took the rifle from the vehicle, along with two 30-round rifle magazines and a tactical police vest.

U.S. Can't Find ISIS Prisoners.  Captured ISIS fighters should be an invaluable source of intelligence in the fight for the terror group's Iraqi capital.  But U.S. forces have only questioned 'a handful' of them.

The $6 Billion Clinton's State Dept LOST Was Not 'Debunked'.  Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's claim that the $6 billion the Department of State lost was "debunked" contradicts multiple investigations and audits by the agency's watchdog.  "When you ran the State Department, $6 billion was missing," Republican nominee Trump said during Wednesday's [10/19/2016] final presidential debate.  "How do you miss $6 billion?  Six billion dollars was either stolen, they don't know.  It's gone."  Clinton replied:  "Well, first of all, what he just said about the State Department is not only untrue, it's been debunked numerous times."  But it was the State Department's Inspector General (IG) who found in three investigations and two audits that an estimated $6 billion was lost to contract mismanagement, fraud and incompetence during Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.

Missing Afghans Raise Terrorism Fears.  Several Afghan nationals undergoing military training in the United States disappeared from U.S. military bases this month, according to Pentagon and Homeland Security officials.  "During the month of September, seven Afghan students were considered absent without leave (AWOL) during international military student programs," Pentagon spokesman Cmdr. Patrick L. Evans said.  Three of the Afghan military trainees fled from a Pentagon training program two weekends ago during the bombing spree in New York and New Jersey by Afghan-born bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami, raising concerns among security officials that the missing Afghan students may be linked to terrorism or plans for attacks in the United States.

FBI Docs:  Hillary Clinton Left A Classified Document Behind In A Russian Hotel Room.  Hillary Clinton left a classified document behind in a Russian hotel room in which she had been staying.  No problem there, I'm sure.

Justice Department can't find anti-medicinal marijuana talking points to Congress it had just found.  What happened to those two pages of responsive records?  No clue, but the DOJ's Office of Information Policy assures us that an "adequate, reasonable search" that somehow didn't turn up what it had found just a few months prior.

Fed Housing Dept Has $43 Billion Worth Of Indecipherable Records.  Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) officials have ignored 63 financial management recommendations from Congress' investigative arm since 2012 and only half-heartedly followed many more, resulting in the $43 billion agency's books to be all but useless.  Things have gotten so bad at HUD so rapidly, that auditors who found only one "material weakness" in the department's accounting in 2012 found nine in 2015, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report published Monday [8/22/2016].

Brazil:  Still looking for the Gitmo guy.  Abu Wa'el Dhiab, a.k.a.  Jihad Ahmad Diyab, a.k.a.  Abu Wael Dihab, a.k.a.  Jihad Ahmed Mujstafa Diyab, is still missing.  The forner Gitmo detainee was released to Uruguay last year, and visited Argentina last February, where he declared he was "ready to fight."  He had tried to enter Brazil three times but was turned away at the border.

Former Gitmo detainee's location unknown in South America, airline issues alert.  The growing mystery about the whereabouts of a former Guantanamo detainee who resettled in Uruguay has led a South American airline to issue an alert to its employees.  The Colombia-based Avianca Airlines issued an internal alert asking its employees to be on the lookout for Syrian native Abu Wa'el Dhiab, whom according to Uruguayan is visiting neighboring Brazil.  The Brazilian government, however, has said there is no record for Dhiab entering the country.

Orlando Jihadi's Wife's Location Still Unknown After Conflicting Statements to Police.  The Obama administration seems to have lost track of Noor Zahi Salman, wife of Orlando jihadi Omar Mateen and a possible co-conspirator in the worst terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11.  Loretta Lynch said at her press conference on Tuesday [6/21/2016], in response to a question about Salman's whereabouts, "Right now I do not know exactly the answer to that.  I believe she was going to travel, but I do not know exactly her location now."

Unbelievable! AG Lynch admits she has lost track of Orlando shooter's wife.  The mind boggles, as during her press conference in Orlando, Attorney General Loretta Lynch casually admitted that she has no idea of the location of the wife of the Orlando shooter — who may well have been aware of his attack and provided material support for it.

Loretta Lynch:  So We Sort of Lost Track of the Orlando Terrorist's Likely-Accomplice Wife.  It looks a lot like incompetence, but it might just be tha they're performing well for their actual employeers.

Lessons from Fort Hood and Asking the Right Questions in Orlando.  In 2009, debilitating coordination problems within the [FBI] kept it from capitalizing on early intel about Nidal Hasan, a radicalizing Muslim Army officer who was emailing AQAP's Anwar al-Aulaqi nearly a year before the officer went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, firing more than 200 rounds and killing 13 people.  In the email, Hasan asked whether a Muslim US solider who committed fratricide would be considered a martyr in the eyes of Islam.  To the FBI's credit, the email "tripped the wire."  An agent and analyst singled it out despite a crushing workload.  The signal was found amidst the noise — but the FBI's coordination weaknesses then let it get lost again.

The IRS Deleted 422 Backup Tapes With Lerner Emails.  The IRS "accidentally" erased 422 backup tapes that investigators believe contained emails to and from IRS official Lois Lerner, according to the Associated Press.  The tapes contained as many as 24,000 Lois Lerner emails.  The tapes were erased eight months after Congressional investigators requested all emails to and from Lois Lerner and a month after the IRS informed Congress they were missing some of Lois Lerner's emails.

U.S. Air Force computer crash wipes out a decade of data.  The Air Force has lost thousands of inspector general's records after a database crash.  The database, run by Lockheed Martin, was corrupted about a month ago.  The company spent two weeks trying to recover information before informing the service of the loss on June 6.

Update:
Air Force recovers crashed database.  The Air Force has recovered a database that holds thousands of inspector general records after it crashed, the service said Wednesday afternoon [6/15/2016].  "After aggressively leveraging all vendor and department capabilities, the Air Force made a full recovery of the Automated Case Tracking System database, the Air Force inspector general system of record for all records related to IG complaints, investigations and appeals," the Air Force said in a statement.  Last week, the Air Force announced that a database known as the Automated Case Tracking System (ACTS) had crashed and that records for more than 100,000 Air Force inspector general cases dating back to 2004 were lost.

Bungling border agency can't find drone records.  Homeland Security can't find a single record of a request to fly drones to help the Coast Guard, the agency said this week in a letter to a top member of Congress — an admission that's likely to add fuel to the guard's request for its own fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles.  R. Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, said his agency's Air and Marine office records all requests, but for some reason it "could not locate any prior requests from the USCG" for unmanned aerial surveillance flights.  For Rep.  Duncan Hunter, California Republican and chairman of a subcommittee that oversees the Coast Guard, the admission was the latest signal that the border agency isn't treating its colleagues in the guard fairly.

$6 Billion Dollars Missing From The State Department on Hillary Clinton's Watch.  The mainstream media would have reported it but they're busy campaigning for her.

Feds left 'explosives' material aboard school bus after training exercises, parents told.  Kids in a northern Virginia public school district unknowingly rode a school bus this week that was also carrying "explosives training materials" left behind by the CIA after it conducted exercises with local law enforcement agencies, officials acknowledged Thursday [3/31/2016].  The materials were packed in a container and placed in the engine compartment of a bus at Briar Woods High School in Loudoun County on March 24, officials said.  It was discovered nearly a week later during a maintenance check of the bus — which by then had carried dozens of kids, including elementary school students, for at least two days.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Operation Fast & Furious.  Operation Fast and Furious was a BATF led operation that sold guns to the drug lords in Mexico through intermediaries in a supposed attempt to track the guns and the channels feeding the drug lords.  Trouble is, the program actually put over 2000 high powered rifles, including 50 caliber sniper rifles, into the hands of the Drug Lords never intended to track them.  The GPS tracking devices were intentionally left off.  Over 1500 of these weapons are still "missing."

Handguns and FBI agent's badge stolen from car in Bay Area.  Three handguns and an FBI agent's badge were stolen early Friday [1/29/2016] from a locked and alarmed vehicle in the latest such incident in the San Francisco Bay Area, the FBI said.

Hundreds of DHS badges, guns, cell phones lost or stolen since 2012.  Hundreds of badges, credentials, cell phones and guns belonging to Department of Homeland Security employees have been lost or stolen in recent years — raising serious security concerns about the potential damage these missing items could do in the wrong hands.  Inventory reports, obtained by the news site Complete Colorado and shared with FoxNews.com, show that over 1,300 badges, 165 firearms and 589 cell phones were lost or stolen over the span of 31 months between 2012 and 2015.

Clinton Chief Of Staff Lost Her Personal Blackberry, Which Contained Classified Emails.  While working as Hillary Clinton's chief of staff at the State Department, Cheryl Mills lost her personal Blackberry, on which she sent emails that the State Department has determined contain classified information.  Records obtained by The Daily Caller through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit show Mills revealed that she lost her Blackberry in a March 20, 2010 email she sent to Bryan Pagliano, the State Department IT staffer who managed Clinton's private email server.

The smoking gun?  In 2006, a Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) from my company was deployed to Afghanistan.  Theirs was a particular mission that differed from the combat missions the typical ODAs were conducting at that time.  Everyone on that team maintained a Top Secret Sensitive and Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearance and was "read-on" to their special program.  A few months into their deployment, their Intelligence Sergeant lost a thumb-drive that possessed classified information.  A week later the thumb drive was found for sale at a local bazaar.

The 'New Cuban Missile Crisis' Mystery Deepens.  A U.S. Hellfire anti-tank missile — a weapon launched from Predator drones in anti-terrorism operations, among other uses — found its way into the hands of Cuba's government in 2014.  But the route it took, twice crossing the Atlantic, was less mysterious than the U.S. government's public response to the discovery that front-line American military equipment made it to Havana — or beyond.

Hellfire missile accidentally sent to Cuba on Air France.  The Wall Street Journal broke the news that a US Hellfire missile sent to Europe for training purposes was accidentally shipped to Cuba in 2014, "a loss of sensitive military technology that ranks among the worst-known incidents of its kind."  This is the missile we use every day to take out terrorist targets.  The journal reports that "US officials worry that Cuba could share the sensors and targeting technology inside it with nations like China, North Korea or Russia."  Add to that list Iran, Hezbollah and a long litany of other US enemies.

The Editor asks...
Was this really an accident, or an act of treason?

Rubio: Obama administration hiding details on stray missile.  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is demanding that the Obama administration turn over details of how the Cuban government wound up having a U.S. missile.  The Florida Republican, who is running for president, sent a letter Friday to Roberta Jacobson, the assistant secretary of State for western hemisphere affairs, accusing the department of withholding information after reports that a Hellfire missile was sent to Cuba after being used during a European training exercise.

Missing since 2014, U.S. Hellfire missile found in Cuba.  An inert U.S. Hellfire missile that had been missing since 2014 was found in Cuba after it was possibly misrouted on its way to Europe.  Federal authorities have tried for more than a year to convince the Cuban government to return the Hellfire missile, which are designed to be dropped from helicopters as anti tank weapons and have since been used to carry out drone attacks.

Missing U.S. Hellfire missile located in Cuba.  One of the most advanced U.S. missiles was unintentionally shipped to Cuba in 2014, according to a report Thursday evening [1/7/2016] in the Wall Street Journal.  The Hellfire missile was supposed to be sent to Europe for a training mission, the Journal reported, cited "people familiar with the matter."

Secret Service agent's gun, badge stolen near White House.  A Secret Service agent's gun, badge, radio, handcuffs and flash drive were stolen in broad daylight Monday [12/21/2015] near the agency's headquarters in Washington, according to a police report and sources briefed on the incident.  The agent's belongings were taken from his personal vehicle while it was parked on G Place in downtown Washington around 4 p.m. ET.

U.S. lets in four times as many suspected terrorists as it keeps out.  The State Department admitted to Congress last week that it had revoked the visas of 9,500 individuals since 2001 who were believed to have either engaged in terrorist activities or were associated with a terrorist organization.  Think about what that means:  Nearly 10,000 people considered too dangerous to enter the United States because of suspected terrorist activity or association were mistakenly granted visas to lawfully enter the country.  They successfully penetrated our defenses, beat our screening system and got their hands on U.S. visas.  Worse still, after officials caught their mistake and revoked the visas after the fact, they lost track of the visa holders.  Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, pressed Michele Thoren Bond, assistant secretary for the Bureau of Consular Affairs, to explain what had happened to the 9,500.  She replied:  "I don't know."

IRS loses $27 million to computer glitch.  A pattern of "ineffective monitoring," identified by the IRS' watchdog, caused the IRS to hand out an additional $19 million before the agency verified that the recipients had provided accurate income information.  "We forecast that over five years the IRS could issue $135 million in potentially erroneous refunds due to this programming error," wrote the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, which oversees the IRS, in a report made public Monday [12/21/2015].

IRS Issued $46 Million in Erroneous Tax Refunds.  The Internal Revenue Service issued more than $46 million in erroneous tax refunds due to a computer glitch and ineffective monitoring, issues that left uncorrected could cost taxpayers up to $230 million over the next five years.  The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released an audit Monday [12/21/2015] faulting the IRS for approving thousands of potentially fraudulent tax refunds in 2013.  "TIGTA identified that because of a programming error, over $27 million of refunds were erroneously issued for 13,043 Tax Year 2013 tax returns," the audit said.  "The programming error is overriding the IRS's two-week processing delay on some refund tax returns that are identified by the IRS as potentially fraudulent."

Another Negligent Fed, Another Murder Victim.  Not long ago we had the death of an innocent woman in San Francisco because an irresponsible criminal investigator with the Bureau of Land Management couldn't be bothered to secure his handgun.  Add to that a government that at its most senior levels will not deport or imprison violent criminal aliens.  And there you have the death of Kate Steinle, at the nominal hands of criminalien Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez.  Lopez-Sanchez had a strong assist from the US government at several levels:  the agent, the BLM (which has never held the agent accountable), and every open-borders enthusiast who draws a government paycheck.  Did Feds learn from that?  No, since there were no consequences for the careless bum who left his firearm unsecure, they did not.  Now we have a new murder victim, who was reportedly shot with a gun negligently left unsecured in a car by a special agent with ICE ERO.

How did the FBI manage to "lose" Sharyl Attkisson's file?  Sharyl Attkisson, the former CBS reporter and independent journalist, has a long history of getting under the government's skin. [...] This week, Attkisson tells the story of how she finally sought to obtain her own FBI file and the mysterious answers she received. [...] [E]ven if you don't want the details revealed, can the FBI simply claim they don't have a file when one exists?  It seems as if they would instead come back with an answer of saying that the information is sensitive and can't be released.  Or perhaps just turn over a page with everything redacted except the date and the title?  Something doesn't sound right about that.

US taxman slammed: Half of the IRS's servers still run doomed Windows Server 2003.  [Scroll down]  The result of not having an executive steering committee — the usual process — was that "basic planning documents such as budget estimates and deployment schedules are still unsigned and incomplete."  It also notes that "no official meeting minutes with the CTO or decision documents were created or signed."  In addition, the IRS reported in December 2014 that it has managed to upgrade all its workstations from Windows XP to Windows 7.  But it later turned out that there were 1,300 computers still running XP.  Where they were, though, nobody knew because of "inaccuracies in the inventory records."

Where did billions in Obamacare grants go?  The Government Accountability Office charged the Obama administration and many state-run healthcare exchanges with not adequately tracking federal funding, according to a report in the libertarian Reason magazine on Monday [7/20/2015].  The GAO report, which is still in draft form, comes as the administration is taking heat for not properly screening fake Obamacare applications.

Capitol Police Left Guns in Bathrooms.  When a member of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's security detail left his Glock and magazine stuffed in the toilet seat cover holder of a Capitol Visitor Center bathroom stall, a CVC worker found the gun, according to a source familiar with the Jan. 29 incident and two other disturbing instances when Capitol Police left loaded firearms in problematic places.

FBI agent's sniper rifle stolen out of car at Salt Lake City hotel.  An FBI agent's sniper rifle was ripped out of his car's window and stolen from a Salt Lake City hotel parking lot just days before President Obama visited Utah earlier this month.  The gun was inside a hard rifle case and was 'secured properly' to a truck safe with padlocks and chains while the car was parked at the Marriott Springhill Suites, according to police.

Obama Pentagon can't account for $500 million in weapons left in Yemen.  It seems the Obama administration has misplaced some military equipment, a large amount of military equipment.  A very large amount, actually.  It doesn't know where about $500 million in weapons and equipment is, in fact.  That's $500,000,000 — a half-a-billion dollars.  Almost as much taxpayer money as it blew on that solar energy company Solyndra, owned by an Obama bundler.  Except the Solyndra money went down a political rat-hole.

Pentagon loses track of $500 million in weapons, equipment given to Yemen.  The Pentagon is unable to account for more than $500 million in U.S. military aid given to Yemen, amid fears that the weaponry, aircraft and equipment is at risk of being seized by Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaeda, according to U.S. officials.  With Yemen in turmoil and its government splintering, the Defense Department has lost its ability to monitor the whereabouts of small arms, ammunition, night-vision goggles, patrol boats, vehicles and other supplies donated by the United States.

If the government doesn't know how much it spends or how much it owes, how can it know anything?  When an accountant prepares a balance sheet for a company, the purpose is to measure the firm's actual financial health, as opposed to the fantasies pushed by the public relations department gnomes.  Sales may be up 10 percent, but that doesn't mean much if the company is swimming in debt, operational expenses are out of control and the bank says forget about getting more credit.  That's pretty much the current state of affairs for the federal government.  Tax revenues are climbing, but the debt is out of control and nobody knows for sure how much the bureaucrats are actually spending.

Only CBS Acknowledges Gov't Missing $619 Billion from Agency Budgets.  On Wednesday, August 6, USA Today reported that the federal website USASpending.gov which is tasked with tracking government money, can't find $619 billion from different agency budgets. Despite the government losing track of hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars, CBS This Morning was the only network morning show to cover the report on Wednesday morning. ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today ignored the story altogether.

Detroit Lost a $1 Million Check in a Desk Drawer.  The City of Detroit misplaced a million-dollar check sent to it by a school district.  Which prompts two questions.  How do you lose a million-dollar check?  And:  Why is a city in the year 2013 still using paper checks?

DHS Can't Locate 266 Illegal Overstays that 'Pose National Security' Risks.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) cannot find 266 potentially dangerous foreign nationals who have overstayed their visas, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).  According to testimony from Rebecca Gambler, director of the Homeland Security and Justice for GAO, on May 21, 2013 before the House Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, DHS identified 1,901 illegal overstays of concern in 2011.  As of March 2013, 14 percent remain missing.

Homeland Security Documents Found in Target Parking Lot.  [Scroll down]  But that's not all NBC 12 uncovered.  The station's anonymous source known as "Eric" explained how he discovered documents pertaining to the plan.  ["]He says he found Homeland Security's Operation Plan in the parking lot of the Target on West Broad Street.["]

More about the raid on Lumber Liquidators.

F.B.I. Evidence Is Often Mishandled, an Internal Inquiry Finds.  F.B.I. agents in every region of the country have mishandled, mislabeled and lost evidence, according to a highly critical internal investigation that discovered errors with nearly half the pieces of evidence it reviewed.

51 Examples of Government Waste.  [#5] The Department of Defense is set to destroy $1.2 billion worth of ammunition because it does not have an effective inventory system to track supplies across the military services.  The services each use different inventory systems, preventing proper data sharing and leading to excess materials.

Computer errors let violent California prisoners go free.  A computer system that lacked key information about inmates factored in the release of an estimated 450 prisoners with a "high risk of violence," according to the California inspector general.

Ten Years Later, the Question Remains: How on Earth Do You 'Lose' $5.5 Billion?  Despite a full decade of audits and investigations, Pentagon officials still cannot say what happened to $6.6 billion in cash that was intended for the Development Fund for Iraq.  Apparently, it just "disappeared."  Was it just misplaced in an accounting error, or was it "stolen"?  Who knows?  Apparently, the Pentagon has no idea.

Who's tending State Department's cash cow?  The U.S. State Department has been handing over billions of dollars in grants for foreign projects — ranging from cultural exchanges to "climate change" activities — without adequate oversight or adequate assessment of the risks involved, and sometimes without knowing whether the money was actually spent, according to the department's Inspector General.  Moreover, these money-management problems have been going on for years, despite specific warnings, according to the watchdog IG's office.

What if the conspiracy theories are true?  I found an article published by the Washington Post on July 16 of this year reporting that [Thomas] Frieden had been called to testify on Capitol Hill about researchers at his agency that had mishandled live anthrax and other deadly pathogens in a number of mishaps over the past year or so.  This came on the heels of federal officials finding forgotten smallpox samples in a storage room at the National Institute for Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland.  They also discovered 12 boxes and 327 vials with pathogens that included the virus behind dengue and spotted fever.  When Frieden testified about the anthrax, his response was:  "We missed a critical pattern, and the pattern is an insufficient culture of safety."  Really?  And this is the guy in charge of making decisions on Ebola?

Exclusive: Top Secret Service agent had gun stolen from car.  A top Secret Service agent who has regularly served on President Obama's protective detail had his gun stolen out of his car at his house after leaving it there overnight and was never disciplined for it, according to two sources with detailed knowledge of the incident.  Internal Secret Service records show that the agency reported that the agent in question lost a semi-automatic handgun in 2009, but he was never punished for it, the two sources said.

State Department won't say how missing records for $6 billion were stored.  A spokesperson for the State Department refuses to say if any missing contract files from March 2008 [to] March 2014 were stored electronically.  The American Thinker began covering the case of the missing records for $6 billion on April 5, 2014, soon after the State Department's Office of Inspector General released two unclassified memos dated March 20, 2014.  Several news media outlets also covered the missing State Department records in early April, but, to date, there's been little, if any, follow-up to the story.  In short, it's off the mainstream media radar.

State Department can't account for $6 billion in last 6 years.  After six months, the search for missing State Department accounting records continues.  Multiple websites, including the American Thinker, reported in early April 2014 that, "There has been, in the most charitable interpretation, grave sloppiness in spending and accounting for money at the cabinet agency run by Hillary Clinton."  The sloppiness involves $6,000,000,000.

Reports: Feds Lose Track of 6,000 Foreigners on Student Visas.  The federal government has reportedly lost track of more than 6,000 foreigners on student visas, some of whom may be in the country "to do us harm."  According to an ABC News investigation, "58,000 students overstayed their visas in the past year.

U.S. Government Lost Track of 6,000 Foreign Nationals of 'Heightened Concern'.  More than 6,000 foreign nationals in the United States on student visas have vanished after overstaying their time here, raising alarm at the Department of Homeland Security.  The federal agency is now working to find them after losing track of their whereabouts.  Officials at the federal agency told ABC News there are more than 58,000 students who overstayed their visas over the past year.  Approximately 6,000 of those foreign nationals were referred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for "follow-up," as they're of "heightened concern."

Military families complain as personal cars go missing.  A surprise change in Pentagon contractors is causing headaches for rank-and-file military personnel and their families on the move this summer.  International Auto Logistics of Brunswick, Ga., last year won a $305 million bid to handle the transport of about 66,000 personal vehicles owned by service members, family members and civilian employees who move each year within and beyond the United States.  Immediately after the new contract began this spring, complaints began rolling in:  Cars and trucks shipped to wrong locations, delays of several weeks, vehicles damaged upon arrival and an online vehicle tracking system that typically fails.

Where Are The Guns The U.S. Gave To Afghanistan?  Special Inspector General's report says the Pentagon gave hundreds of thousands of rifles, machine guns, and other small arms to the Afghan police and army. But now the military can't track who has them.

Audit Finds Poor Tracking of Weapons.  A Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) audit found that "poor record keeping" has resulted in a sea of unaccounted weapons given to Afghan forces by the U.S. government.  Thanks to Pentagon efforts to train and supply the Afghan National Security Forces, the country's military is now swimming in some $624 million in military equipment provided since 2004, including more than 747,000 weapons and pieces of auxiliary equipment.  The total includes 465,000 small arms, such as AKs and M16s.  However, inventory inspections at depots found missing weapons and more weapons than the military needed, increasing the likelihood that U.S.-provided arms would fall into the hands of the Taliban and other jihadists.

The Editor says...
This sounds a lot like Fast and Furious, but with larger weapons.

FDA found more than smallpox vials in storage room.  Federal officials found more than just long-forgotten smallpox samples recently in a storage room on the National Institutes for Health campus in Bethesda, Md. The discovery included 12 boxes and 327 vials holding an array of pathogens, including the virus behind the tropical disease dengue and the bacteria that can cause spotted fever, according to the Food and Drug Administration, which oversees the lab in question.

Pentagon Loses Many Cars Belonging to American Soldiers.  Here's how it happens: The Pentagon often reassigns their soldiers to different stations throughout the world, and helps their families defray the financial costs of moving — including the cost of shipping their cars.  For decades, the Pentagon contracted this service out to American Auto Logistics (AAL), but replaced them this summer with a company called International Auto Logistics (IAL).  According to the Beast, this is when things went haywire, with "lost cars, delays, IT glitches, problems with live tracking, and poor customer service."  Though they weren't able to pin down exactly how many cars were lost, military families are complaining about it loudly on Facebook and the internet.

Smallpox discovered sitting in Maryland storage room.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday [7/8/2014] that employees at the National Institutes of Health found some vials containing smallpox sitting in a laboratory storage room in Bethesda.  These vials were labeled "variola," which the CDC calls "the severe and most common form of smallpox."  The vials were discovered last week in an unused part of a storage room inside a laboratory operated by the Food and Drug Administration, the CDC said in a news release.  They were found by employees preparing to move the lab, which has been operated by the FDA since 1972, over to the main FDA campus.

62 Percent of Labor Department's International Grants Missing Documentation.  More than half of international grants distributed by the Labor Department are missing documentation, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).  The Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) distributed roughly $70 million in awards to improve working conditions overseas and fight child labor last year.  However, 62 percent of these grants lacked proper documentation.

Ailing vet turns to 911 in absence of timely VA care.  William "Bill" Webb says he tried to get timely doctor appointments in the Phoenix VA Health Care System, repeatedly failed and would be dead today if he hadn't dialed 911 and been taken to another hospital by ambulance.  The 87-year-old Army veteran of World War II says his struggles began about two years ago, long after he'd become a patient in the Phoenix VA network.  Somehow, his records vanished.  "They lost me," Webb says.  "They said I'm no longer a patient.  I'd been going there for years, and suddenly, I no longer exist."

Related topic:  VA hospitals paint a clear picture of Obamacare's future.

GAO: Pentagon's Finances Are a Mess.  The Pentagon has roughly $7.2 billion in excess equipment, gave out more than $1 billion in improper payments, and wasted billions on a system for the Air Force to account for its inventory, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).  According to a GAO report released Tuesday [5/13/2014], the Department of Defense (DOD) faces "serious and continuing deficiencies," including the inability to account for their total assets.

Half of EPA office's passports are missing, IG finds.  Almost half of the passports issued to the Environmental Protection Agency's employees are missing, according to the EPA's inspector general.  Official and diplomatic passports issued to EPA employees, as well as other sensitive personal identifiable information, could be compromised as a result, the inspector general said in a report.  Of 417 passports issued to Office of International and Tribal Affairs employees, 199 could not be located, the report said.

Hackers Steal $1.5 Million in Printer Ink from FBI, EPA, GSA.  Hackers were able to steal $1.5 million worth of printer cartridges from the FBI, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the General Services Administration (GSA) by placing fraudulent contract orders.

$6 Billion Goes Missing at State Department.  The State Department has no idea what happened to $6 billion used to pay its contractors.  In a special "management alert" made public Thursday [4/3/2014], the State Department's Inspector General Steve Linick warned "significant financial risk and a lack of internal control at the department has led to billions of unaccounted dollars over the last six years.  The alert was just the latest example of the federal government's continued struggle with oversight over its outside contractors.

After Year of Stonewalling, Issa Subpoena's ATF Over Sketchy and Reckless Storefront Tactics.  Over the past two years, investigations conducted by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel have uncovered a whole slew of shady tactics being used in operations conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.  During their research, The Journal reporters found ATF agents prey on mentally ill teenagers (including ATF agents pressuring at least one young man to get a squid tattooed on his neck) to "help" with gun stings and found agents lost a fully automatic rifle on the streets of Milwaukee after it was stolen out of an unsupervised government vehicle.  Careless actions from agents also resulted in thousands of dollars in damages to a rented storefront and the exposure of the names belonging to undercover agents.  These actions aren't isolated incidents, but instead are happening all over the country.

Fast and Forgetful: Dozens of ATF guns reportedly lost, stolen.  ATF agents are losing track of their government-issued firearms, according to a new report, with records showing multiple instances where officers forgot their guns after leaving them on top of cars, in bathrooms and in automobile glove compartments.  The incidents were catalogued in a report Wednesday [2/26/2014] by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  Internal records obtained by the newspaper reportedly show ATF agents had their guns lost or stolen at least 45 times between 2009 and 2013.  But the ATF sharply disputed the report, with a spokeswoman telling FoxNews.com that many of the lost weapons were later recovered.

"The Continued Lack of Accountability at ATF is Disturbing".  In January 2013, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel dropped a bombshell report showing ATF Agents who attempted to set up a storefront in the city, ended up damaging the building, owing the landlord money and lost a machine gun on the streets after it was stolen out of a government vehicle.

Homeland Security Documents Found in Target Parking Lot.  [Scroll down]  But that's not all NBC 12 uncovered.  The station's anonymous source known as "Eric" explained how he discovered documents pertaining to the plan.  ["]He says he found Homeland Security's Operation Plan in the parking lot of the Target on West Broad Street.["]

More about the raid on Lumber Liquidators.

ATF lost track of 2.1 million cartons of cigarettes in sting operations, report finds.  In another black eye for the beleaguered agency that regulates guns and investigates tobacco trafficking, a new report found that federal agents lost track of 2.1 million cartons of cigarettes and paid an informant more than $4.9 million without requiring him to account for his expenses.  "We found a significant lack of oversight and controls to ensure that cash, cigarettes, equipment and other assets used ... were accurately tracked, properly safeguarded and protected from misuse," Michael E. Horowitz, the Justice Department inspector general, said in a 68-page report released Wednesday [9/25/2013].

US: ATF misplaced 420 million cigarettes in stings.  Government agents acting without authorization conducted dozens of undercover investigations of illegal tobacco sales, misused some of $162 million in profits from the stings and lost track of at least 420 million cigarettes, the Justice Department's inspector general said Wednesday [9/25/2013].

Homeland Security loses track of 1 million foreigners; report could hurt immigration deal.  The Homeland Security Department has lost track of more than 1 million people who it knows arrived in the U.S. but who it cannot prove left the country, according to an audit Tuesday [7/30/2013] that also found the department probably won't meet its own goals for deploying an entry-exit system.

Report: US Marshals lose track of thousands of two-way radios.  The U.S. Marshals Service has lost track of approximately 2,000 encrypted two-way radios worth millions of dollars, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.  The paper cited internal records obtained through a public records request in their report, adding that the problems date back to at least 2011, when marshals were using new versions of the radios in the field.

Police chief killed with rifle lost in ATF gun-tracking program.  A high-powered rifle lost in the ATF's Fast and Furious controversy was used to kill a Mexican police chief in the state of Jalisco earlier this year, according to internal Department of Justice records, suggesting that weapons from the failed gun-tracking operation have now made it into the hands of violent drug cartels deep inside Mexico.

More about the Fast and Furious scandal.

Washington Deserves a Declaration of Incompetence.  The U.S. Park Police were supposed to destroy some 1,400 guns.  Instead, they are intact.  Another 198 guns that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives donated to the USPP are stored in Washington but appear on no official documents.  Similar problems identified in 2008 and '09 have gone unfixed.  The Interior Department's inspector general denounced the USPP's "decade-long theme of inaction and indifference."  Such casual disregard for weapons safety defined the Fast and Furious scandal.

U.S. Park Police show "inaction and indifference" towards missing guns.  Not to denigrate the important work done by the Park Police, or unfairly question the need for them to be reasonably equipped for their duties, but this report makes agency management sound like the Left's political caricature of an irresponsible gun nut: cutting regulatory corners, buying a ton of weapons they didn't need, and treating their weapons carelessly.

U.S. Park Police Lost Thousands of Guns; Will the Media Report?  Ever since the Newtown mass shooting, the liberal media have pushed for a fresh round of federal gun control, insisting that such measures are needed to keep guns from falling into the wrong hands, even though the efficacy of such measures is doubtful.  But what about guns potentially falling into the wrong hands thanks to the malfeasance or incompetence of government officials?  Shouldn't the media highlight those instances and call the government to account for them?

Park Police lost track of thousands of weapons, inspector general's report says.  The U.S. Park Police has lost track of thousands of handguns, rifles and machine guns in what a government watchdog agency concluded is the latest example of mismanagement on a police force trusted to protect millions of visitors to the city's iconic monuments.  There is no indication that police guns got into the hands of criminals, but the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of the Interior warned that the Park Police might not know if they had.  In a scathing report, the authors said there is "credible evidence of conditions that would allow for theft and misuse of firearms, and the ability to conceal the fact if weapons were missing."

Secret Service under investigation over loss of sensitive files on Metro.  The Secret Service is the target of an investigation into an "immense breach" involving the loss of two backup computer tapes left on a Washington, D.C., Metro train that contained sensitive personal information about all agency employees, contacts and overseas informants, according to multiple law enforcement and congressional sources.

IRS Laptop Lost With Data on 291 People.  An Internal Revenue Service employee lost an agency laptop early last month that contained sensitive personal information on 291 workers and job applicants, a spokesman said yesterday [6/10/2006].  The IRS's Terry L. Lemons said the employee checked the laptop as luggage aboard a commercial flight while traveling to a job fair and never saw it again.  The computer contained unencrypted names, birth dates, Social Security numbers and fingerprints of the employees and applicants, Lemons said.

Lost items puzzle nuclear research lab.  The U.S. federal Idaho National Laboratory nuclear-reactor research lab cannot account for more than 200 missing computers and disk drives that may have contained sensitive information.  The computers were among 998 items costing $2.2 million dollars that came up missing over the past three years.

67 computers missing from nuclear weapons lab.  The Los Alamos nuclear weapons laboratory in New Mexico is missing 67 computers, including 13 that were lost or stolen in the past year.  Officials say no classified information has been lost.  The watchdog group Project on Government Oversight on Wednesday released a memo dated Feb. 3 from the Energy Department's National Nuclear Security Administration outlining the loss of the computers.

Audit:  Labs Can't Account for Explosives.  Hundreds of non-nuclear explosive devices are untested or unaccounted for due to poor record keeping at two of the nation's top national laboratories, a federal audit found Wednesday [6/28/2006]. [...] For example, Sandia officials couldn't account for at least 410 items, including detonators, rocket motors, shaped explosives and bulk explosive powders.

Customs Service Withholds Data on Missing Guns, Computers:  The U.S. Customs Service is refusing to publicly release data on thousands of computers and weapons for which it cannot account, getting angry attention from a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The move comes just three days after an inspector general's audit at the Justice Department found more than 200 weapons and 400 laptop computers missing from the FBI.

Missing FBI Laptops Still a Problem.  Three or four FBI laptop computers are lost or stolen each month and the agency is unable to say in many instances whether information on the machines is sensitive or classified, the Justice Department's inspector general said Monday [2/12/2007].

Laptops, weapons missing at DEA.  More than 90 weapons and 230 laptop computers belonging to the Drug Enforcement Administration have turned up missing over the past five years and, despite efforts by the agency to address weaknesses in tracking the items, "significant deficiencies" remain, a report said yesterday [3/28/2008].  The lost and stolen weapons include pistols, rifles, shotguns and a submachine gun, said a 105-page report by the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General….

Audit:  ATF Lost 76 Weapons, 418 Laptops.  The ATF lost 76 weapons and hundreds of laptops over five years, the Justice Department reported Wednesday [9/17/2008], blaming carelessness and sloppy record-keeping.  Thirty-five of the missing handguns, rifles, Tasers and other weapons were stolen, as were 50 laptops, the internal audit found.  Two of the stolen weapons were used in crimes.

Lost DOT Laptops:  Compromised Personal Data?  A series of data breaches at agencies under the United States Department of Transportation has put the Personal Identification Information of at least 133,000 people at risk.  According to information WTOP obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, since 2001, the DOT has lost nearly 400 laptop computers and had nine instances when Personal Identification Information was lost or stolen.

Personal data at risk in lost IRS laptops.  At least 490 IRS computers have been stolen or lost since 2003 in security breaches that potentially jeopardized the personal information of more than 2,000 taxpayers, a government audit reported Wednesday [4/6/2007].  The computers were lost in 387 incidents, most of which were not reported to the IRS computer security office as required, according to the report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

Stolen NASA laptop contained the command codes to control the International Space Station.  A laptop stolen from NASA contains the control codes used to command the International Space Station.  The unencrypted laptop stolen last year is among dozens of mobile devices containing sensitive information that have been reported missing from the space agency, an internal investigation has found.  Giving testimony on the space agency's security issues, NASA Inspector General Paul K. Martin told Congress that 48 agency devices were lost or stolen over a two year period.
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Stolen NASA laptop had Space Station control codes.  A NASA laptop stolen last year had not been encrypted, despite containing codes used to control and command the International Space Station, the agency's inspector general told a US House committee.  NASA IG Paul Martin said in written testimony (PDF) to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology that a laptop was stolen in March 2011, which "resulted in the loss of the algorithms used to command and control the ISS".

Hundreds of Texas driver's licenses mailed to the wrong people.  An agency that warns Texans not to share personal information with strangers because of the risks of identity theft mistakenly mailed hundreds of driver's licenses to the wrong people.

Nuclear data found missing at DOE office in New Mexico.  An inventory has found another case of missing data involving nuclear weapons, this time at the Energy Department's regional office in Albuquerque.  The Energy Department said that an "accounting discrepancy" involving three copies of a "controlled removable electronic media"  — or CREM  — [more commonly, a computer disk] was found at the regional office as part of the nationwide inventory of such devices.



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