Where did all that data go?

Reported mobile device loss in the federal government, 2006-2007

February 2006: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention disclosed that 22 laptop PCs ' containing Defense Department personnel information ' were stolen from a contractor facility.

February 2006: A Labor Department laptop with information on more than 1,100 individuals was lost.

February 2006: An Internal Revenue Service employee had a laptop stolen from his vehicle.

March 2006: A Marine Corps employee lost a thumb drive containing personnel records on more than 200,000 enlisted Marines.

March 2006: Eight laptops holding Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services beneficiary and supplier information were stolen from a contractor's office.

April 2006: An IRS employee reported that a laptop with taxpayer information was stolen.

May 2006: A Social Security Administration employee lost a flash drive containing case information on six people.

May 2006: A Veterans Affairs Department analyst brought home a laptop with identity data on more than 26 million veterans and spouses. The laptop was subsequently stolen.

June 2006: CMS reported that a contractor lost a laptop with more than 49,000 personnel records.

July 2006: A Transportation Department laptop containing personal information on 133,000 Florida residents was stolen from a car in the Miami area.

June 2006: The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration reported that approximately 490 IRS laptops have been lost since 2003, many because of improper storage procedures.

August 2006: While riding a motorcycle, a Navy recruiter lost a laptop containing data on more than 30,000 applicants.

Sept 2006: The Census Bureau reported losing 672 laptops since 2001, of which 246 contained some personal data.

November 2006: The Army's Accessions Command in Fort Monroe, Va., reported that a laptop with personal information on 4,600 scholarship applicants for the Reserve Officer Training Corps was missing.

January 2007: The VA medical center in Birmingham, Ala., lost an external hard drive containing data on 250,000 veterans and 1.2 million health care providers.

February 2007: The Justice Department IG issued an audit showing that the FBI had lost 2.6 laptops per month during a 44-month period.

May 2007: The Energy Department reported 1,415 laptops missing during a six-year period, about 2 percent of its total inventory.

June 2007: The Government Accountability Office found that NASA could not account for more than $94 million worth of office equipment, including many computers.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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