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The National Archives has been the victim of theft at least six times in the past two decades. The list of culprits contains trusted employees, researchers, con men, and former administration officials.
ps&l 2014 cover croppedHow did they to do it? How were they caught?

This session examines six case studies from the files of the National Archives and Records Administration, Office of Inspector General and not only answer those questions, but also look for lessons learned on how to prevent and detect thefts from archival institutions.

Key Takeaway Messages:

  • Holdings protection requires constant vigilance
  • Too often, institutions focus on external threats vs. internal threats
  •  Cannot underestimate the negative impact to an organization when theft occurs (internally – staff morale;  externally – public / media scrutiny)

Questions for listeners to ponder:

  • Does your organization have a holdings protection program (aka loss prevention program)?   If yes, we’d like to hear lessons learned.
  • Do your stakeholders / Foundation / oversight board get involved in funding or policy decisions related to holdings protection?

Introductory comments: 

Speaker: Matthew Elliott, Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, Office of Inspector General, National Archives and Records Administration