Update: Yesterday the Air Force announced that it recovered the data (link).

According to this report:

The U.S. Air Force has lost records concerning 100,000 investigations into everything from workplace disputes to fraud.

A database that hosts files from the Air Force’s inspector general and legislative liaison divisions became corrupted last month, destroying data created between 2004 and now, service officials said. Neither the Air Force nor Lockheed Martin, the defense firm that runs the database, could say why it became corrupted or whether they’ll be able to recover the information.

The same report notes, however, that the investigations involving sex issues are safe:

Air Force officials originally said information on sexual assaults might had been lost in the crash. After the article was published, they said that while sexual assault and harassment claims might have been part of the files lost, those types of investigations are backed up elsewhere. The inspector general does not investigate cases solely involving sexual assault. However, sexual assault or harassment might be tangentially part of an inspector general investigation, a service spokeswoman said.

4 Responses to “The Air Force Inspector General loses its investigative records”

  1. Lone Wolf says:

    Oops! Thank God the sexual assault records are safe!

  2. DCGoneGalt says:

    If it was kept on a US government network . . . did they ask the Chinese or Russian governments if they had a spare copy?

  3. Concerned Defender says:

    Yup, and the CIA “lost” it’s only hard drive, and Hillary Clinton “lost” 33,000 emails conveniently after coming under investigation.  Exactly how stupid does our .gov think we are – or are we just that stupid because we never DO anything about these lies?  
    We all know this, but all these records are always backed up on secondary and alternate hard drives, there are hard copies, emails with the investigations, etc.  These things are so difficult to purposefully destroy or lose that an accidental loss is so unbelievably false that folks need to go to prison for either lying, or the rank incompetence for having lost them.

  4. Vulture says:

    Report on white hat hackers.  You are right CD.  If someone had not been able to restore the IG files someone would have gone to jail.