Press Release

For Immediate Release
February 12, 2007

Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691

FBI RESPONSE TO OIG FOLLOW-UP AUDIT CONCERNING CONTROL OF WEAPONS AND LAPTOPS

Washington, DC – FBI Assistant Director John Miller today responded to the release of the Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) report entitled “The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Control over Weapons and Laptops Follow-up Audit.”

“It is notable that the Inspector General has concluded the FBI has made significant progress in decreasing the rate of loss for weapons and laptops. The OIG determined that when compared with figures from 2002, there has been a 349% reduction in the average number of weapons lost or stolen in a given month and a 312% reduction in the loss or theft of laptop computers.

“Still, we differ with the OIG’s conclusions in some areas. In a detailed response to the OIG, we outlined objections to certain conclusions and negative inferences made in the report, specifically with respect to lost weapons attributed to the audit period, which we believe pre-dated the audit. Nonetheless, we acknowledge more needs to be done to ensure the proper handling of the loss and theft of weapons and laptops, and the information maintained on them. We appreciate the work done by the OIG and agree with the majority of their recommendations. We have or will be implementing those recommendations.

“While the Inspector General acknowledged that the loss of certain resources is inevitable in an organization the size of the FBI, we nevertheless stand committed to increasing institutional and personal accountability to further increase the progress we have made in minimizing the loss of firearms and information technology components.”

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