As reported in the UPI.com article today, a congressional subcommittee was informed that 59 boxes of records about people buried in Arlington National Cemetery have been discovered in an unsecured Virginia storage locker.
The records contained the names and social security numbers of the deceased, but officials believe the security risk is low.
The boxes were discovered when the manager of the facility went to clear the unit after he was unable to collect rental payment.
Officials at the cemetery said that the records were duplicates and were meant for digitizing. The records were sent to storage by an employee of the company hired to do the digitizing.
Kathryn Condon, director of the Army’s cemeteries program said that the incident is being investigated by the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigative Division. All but one box of records were returned.
“U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, said he found it “extremely troubling that boxes containing this kind of information were left unsecured and only discovered allegedly due to a lack of payment for the use of a storage facility … I take this breach very seriously.””
Click on the link to the UPI.com to read the article.