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Air Force loses 12 years of fraud, abuse investigation records

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The U.S. Air Force lost 12 years of records containing fraud and abuse investigations from its inspector general and legislative liaison offices as a result of a database crash last month.

The Air Force's Automated Case Tracking System (ACTS) is used for tracking investigations that are prompted by whistleblower complaints, Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) requests, and congressional and constituent inquiries. The system, which contained over 100,000 records from 2004 until now, became corrupted and unreadable.

The ACTS system, managed by U.S. government contractor Lockheed Martin, contained personal information from investigations. The Air Force and Lockheed Martin were unable to recover the lost data, a spokesperson told Nextgov.

“The Air Force is assessing the immediate impact of the data loss, but at this time we are experiencing significant delays in the processing of inspector general and congressional constituency inquiries,” the service said in a statement.

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