“… we are writing to you because we have determined that personal information identifiable to you, including your social security number, may have been exposed to others …WTF!
We are sorry for any inconvenience this incident may cause you…”
“The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) learned in late March 2009 that an external hard drive containing copies of backup tapes from the Clinton Administration is missing …Not only am I now ranting and raving about government record keeping but what was the Clinton Administration doing with my personal information in the first place???
…The records on the missing hard drive generally contain system and working files from … within the Executive Office of the President ...”
While wailing about being interred on some hard drive with the characters of the Clinton administration, saner members of the household helped me to focus.
Ah yes! There was my involvement with the White House Easter Egg Roll of 1995. Positioned only yards from the Oval Office yeah there was a background check.
“launched a full-scale criminal investigation… a reward of $50,000 … (for) recovery of the missing Western Digital MY BOOK external hard drive … Call US Secret Service Washington Field Office 202-406-8800.”Of course they are not even sure when
“missing hard drive was last seen sometime between October 2008 and the first week of February and was discovered missing on or about March 24, 2009”and I somehow have problems with this assumption.
“it seems more likely that the thief was interested in using the equipment as a backup drive rather than misusing the information it contained.”NARA is offering affected individuals free credit monitoring services including fraud resolution and identity theft insurance coverage. If all else fails, “the Social Security Administration may assign you a new number.”
As if life does not have enough challenges, welcome to the era of digital Government!
Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer"We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you”