Tuesday, May 6, 2008

HUNDREDS OF LAPTOPS MISSING AT STATE DEPARTMENT

JEFF STEIN, CQ Hundreds of employee laptops are unaccounted for at the U.S. Department of State, which conducts delicate, often secret, diplomatic relations with foreign countries, an internal audit has found. As many as 400 of the unaccounted for laptops belong to the department's Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program, according to officials familiar with the findings. The program provides counterterrorism training and equipment, including laptops, to foreign police, intelligence and security forces. Ironically, the Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program is administered by the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security, which is responsible for the security of the department's computer networks and sensitive equipment, including laptops, among other duties. It also protects foreign diplomats during visits here.

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