Of particular concern, 68 of the missing laptops were issued before GPO began encrypting data on the laptops and as many as 28 of the lost laptops belonged to GPO employees with access to sensitive information.
Among them were two former Security and Intelligent Documents Unit employees, including the former Product Security Manager, "who performed risk assessments of e-passport supply chain vendors and suppliers," the inspector general reported.
Agency officials said they had a record of wiping the data clean on one of those laptops but still couldn't find the computer. Somerset said late Tuesday that the missing computer was finally located. "Upon further investigation, this laptop in question is currently within GPO's possession and we have verified the memory has been wiped clean," he said.
"With as many as 213 laptops projected missing, GPO risked exposing sensitive information," the inspector general warned.
John Solomon is executive editor of the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative reporting outlet in Washington, D.C.