Records Management:

Retrieval of State Department's Political Appointee Files

NSIAD-94-187: Published: Jul 13, 1994. Publicly Released: Aug 12, 1994.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the retrieval of files on Bush administration political appointees at the Department of State, focusing on State's Inspector General's (OIG) report on possible violations of the Privacy Act.

GAO found that: (1) the OIG findings and conclusions are generally accurate; (2) it obtained information that OIG did not address concerning the adequacy of records management at State and other agencies; (3) the OIG investigation focused on determining whether any wrongdoing occurred by State Department employees; (4) although OIG concluded that State's information management officials did not violate current regulations when they provided records of Bush appointees to the Clinton appointees, weaknesses in records management and controls led to the retrieval and release of information to the press.

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