Federal Eye: Lawmakers Tracking National Archive’s Loss of Clinton-Era Data

The acting director of the National Archives and Records Administration will not appear tomorrow before a House subcommittee to explain the possible theft of a hard drive with one terabyte’s worth of sensitive data from the Clinton administration, according to congressional staffers. Lawmakers instead will receive regular updates from the NARA inspector general’s office and the FBI as they continue their investigation.

Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee learned yesterday that the hard drive went missing from the National Archives facility in College Park, Md. sometime between last October and March of this year. In response, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the ranking member on the panel, asked that acting archivist Adrienne Thomas appear tomorrow before a previously scheduled subcommittee hearing on NARA matters.

NARA is still unsure what exactly was on the drive, but in a statement Issa said it contains national security information, more than 100,000 social security numbers, contact information for various Clinton administration officials, Secret Service and White House operating procedures, event logs, social gathering logs and political records. Whatever the information, there’s plenty of it, since one terabyte of data is the equivalent of millions of books.

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