BIDEN Issues Statement on the Inspector General Report on Breach of Passport Files
After the passport files of Senators Clinton, McCain, Obama and others were accessed without authorization last spring, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-DE) called for the State Department to immediately refer the matter to the Inspector General for investigation. Today, the Inspector General is releasing its audit findings and Senator Biden issued the following statement:
"Today's report is deeply disturbing. The Inspector General found that there were "many weaknesses" in the State Department's passport records system, including a general lack of policies, training and procedures to prevent, detect or punish the kind of illegal passport file breaches that occurred earlier this year. This is unacceptable. The report makes it clear that the private information of over 100 million Americans is vulnerable to unauthorized access. I urge Secretary Rice to act promptly on the Inspector General's recommendations and correct these system-wide failures."