I have written a couple of times recently about various problems at Arlington National Cemetery. See http://goo.gl/ij9sL and http://goo.gl/5pxrc for those articles. Now Army criminal investigators are investigating a new discovery: 69 boxes of burial records from Arlington National Cemetery found in a commercial storage facility. The boxes include grave cards used to record burials that appear to have been given to a contractor who was supposed to help create a database of burials.
Kathryn Condon, an Arlington official, has told a congressional panel that cemetery officials called Army investigators to report the records had been discovered earlier this month. Grave cards contain Social Security Numbers and other identifying information that generally would be closely guarded. However, Social Security Numbers belonging to people who are dead have negligible risk for identity theft. In fact, those numbers are already publicly available elsewhere and are available in public databases in an effort to prevent identity theft.
The newly-discovered records in a storage facility undoubtedly are an indication of negligence but perhaps no laws were broken.
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