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FBI Reduces Lost Weapons ,Stolen Laptops Increase February 13, 2007

Posted by publicpolitics in Information policy, Weapons.
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The FBI reported the loss or theft of 354 weapons and 315 lost or stolen laptops in a 28 month period from 1999-2001. The Office of the Inspector General and the FBI found that alarming, and issued several sets of recommendation. Today, the OIG reports that the situation has improved. During a follow up audit, 160 laptops and 160 weapons went missing, so there is still plenty of room for improvement.

To determine whether the FBI has made progress in reducing its number of lost and stolen weapons and laptop computers, we compared the rate of loss identified in our 2002 audit to the rate found in this follow-up audit. Our prior audit found that over a 28-month period the FBI reported 354 weapons and 317 laptop computers as lost or stolen. Our follow-up audit found that over a 44-month period the FBI reported 160 weapons and 160 laptop computers as lost or stolen. We determined that, except for stolen laptop computers, the rate of loss for each property category decreased…”

Source: docuticker.com

The follow up audit was conducted over a period of 44 months2002- (2005), so the more relevant statistic is the monthly loss or theft rate by category. During the new audit period, the FBI lost 1.09 functional weapons (down from 3.82) per month,and 2.14 functional weapons were stolen( down from 3.75). The monthly loss of functional training weapons dropped from 5 per month to less than 1, while the number of stolen training weapons was zero in both audit periods.

During the first audit, the monthly rate of lost laptop computers was an astonishing 10.71 per month. Although this number fell to 2.54 per month in the new audit , the real surprise is an increase in the number of stolen laptops, from an average of 0.61 per month to an even 1.00. That’s quite a percentage increase.

The FBI objects to the inclusion of 43 of the weapons included in the newest audit because the loss occurred before the follow up audit period. The OIG auditors rejected this rationale because the weapons did not enter the FBI’ s property loss reporting system until after the audit started and excluding them would have given “the appearance that the FBI had fewer lost or stolen weapons than was actually the case.””

Read the Report(PDF)

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