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Senators Blunt, McCaskill Demand Answers For Veterans’ Families Impacted By Serious Breach Of Personal Records

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NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF U.S. SENATOR ROY BLUNT (MO.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In light of reports that two employees at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Mo. admitted to dumping, destroying, or misfiling at least 1,800 documents held by U.S. veterans, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Claire McCaskill (Mo.) sent a letter today expressing their concerns for the veterans’ surviving family members who have been affected by this potentially harmful breach of their personal information.

According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, “Court documents in the unemployment case say some employees, seeking to earn a bonus, were intentionally ‘stashing’ records to finish more quickly, and that those documents may never be found among the vast holdings.” The Senators requested information on what steps the National Personnel Records Center is taking to prevent such a serious incident from happening again.

“How many surviving family members have been impacted by the release of the names and Social Security numbers, and have they been advised of the breach? Have their benefits been impacted by this incident in any way?” the Senators wrote. “What policy changes have been recommended or implemented as a result of this breach of personal information?”

To read the entire letter, please see below or click here.

February 4, 2014

Mr. David S. Ferriero

Archivist of the United States

National Archives and Records Administration

700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20408

We are greatly disappointed to learn that in 2012 two employees at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO admitted to dumping, destroying or misfiling at least 1,800 documents held by veterans. We are further shocked to learn that one potential cause for the incident may be connected to an employee compensation policy which rewards employees with bonuses based not on accuracy and positive outcomes, but rather upon the number of completed personnel packets. In all, we understand over 300 names and Social Security numbers may have been compromised during the 2012 incident.

To this end, we are concerned that the surviving family members of the affected veterans may not be aware of this potentially harmful breach of their personal information. How many surviving family members have been impacted by the release of the names and Social Security numbers, and have they been advised of the breach? Have their benefits been impacted by this incident in any way?

Additionally, we are very interested in knowing what the National Personnel Records Center is doing to prevent this from ever happening again. What policy changes have been recommended or implemented as a result of this breach of personal information?

Thank you for your cooperation with this request for information. Clearly, these disturbing charges do not reflect the incredible sacrifices our veterans and their families have made to keep our nation safe and secure. I look forward to hearing from you.

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