The number of missing or destroyed military records at a federal government warehouse in St. Louis is larger than initially believed.
A 2012 audit found that a file clerk at the National Personnel Records Center wrongly filed nearly three-fourths of 1,200 files.
But in a recent memo, the head of the National Archives wrote that nearly 4,000 records of individual federal employees were dumped, stashed or otherwise destroyed.
Federal inspectors said 4,000 documents also were discovered in 2011 when an older records center in suburban St. Louis was shut down. Employees found documents hidden in pillars.
U.S. Archivist David S. Ferriero said he was “outraged” to learn records “had been treated with such disregard.” The investigation began in July 2012, when “a concerned citizen” notified the agency that discarded records had been found in the woods.
Archives employee Stanley Engram later admitted destroying or deliberately mishandling more than 1,000 records.
Some records can be reconstructed. But 132 people were notified that their “personal data was breached” and were offered credit monitoring services, according to the memo.