Please Return to Uncle Sam

Raise your hand if sensitive personal information about you--or someone you know--has been reported stolen or lost by a government agency. As a slew of laptops has slipped away from Uncle Sam and some of his subcontractors, the Department of Veterans Affairs last week raised eyebrows with news that a bulky desktop computer--with thousands of Social Security numbers in it--had disappeared from a supposedly secure office. Here are some other peculiar vanishing acts.

HALLIBURTON A 2004 government audit found that Halliburton's Kellogg, Brown & Root subsidiary could not account for 34% of the U.S. goods it was responsible for in Baghdad...

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