from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2014, Issue No. 74
November 7, 2014

Secrecy News Blog:


Hundreds of millions of dollars worth of U.S. Army equipment and supplies in Afghanistan have been lost or are unaccounted for, a report from the Department of Defense Inspector General said.

"Since 2010, 309 forward operating bases [in Afghanistan] have closed and only a fraction of lost items from previous [inventory loss investigations] have been located. For example, between 2006 and 2010, there were 174,247 pieces of equipment listed as unaccounted for [...], valued at $429.5 million.... As of May 30, 2014, only 40,690 (23 percent) of the total pieces of equipment and $191.1 million (44 percent) of the total dollar amount have been recovered," the IG report said.

That paragraph in the report was marked "For Official Use Only," as was the report as a whole. Accordingly, the report has not been officially released to the public. (The findings of the report were previously reported by Bloomberg News.)

The October 30 report is entitled "The Army Needs to Improve the Processes for Reporting Inventory Losses in Afghanistan."

In the Department of Defense, "For Official Use Only" applies to unclassified records that may be exempt from mandatory disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. It is not clear how the FOUO marking might be justified in this case.


New and updated publications from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public access include the following.

Staff Pay Levels for Selected Positions in House Member Offices, 2009-2013, November 3, 2014:

Staff Pay Levels for Selected Positions in Senators' Offices, FY2009-FY2013, November 3, 2014:

Congressional Action on FY2015 Appropriations Measures, November 5, 2014:

The G-20 Summit: Brisbane, November 15-16, 2014, CRS Insights, November 5, 2014:

Treating Ebola Patients in the United States: Health Care Delivery Implications, CRS Insights, November 4, 2014:

EPA's Clean Power Plan Proposal: Are the Emission Rate Targets Front-Loaded?, CRS Insights, November 3, 2014:

How Will the Federal Reserve "Normalize" Monetary Policy After QE?, CRS Insights, October 30, 2014:

Federal Taxation of Marijuana Sellers, CRS Legal Sidebar, November 6, 2014:

Voter Identification Requirements: Background and Legal Issues, November 3, 2014:

Qatar: Background and U.S. Relations, November 4, 2014:

Immigration Legislation and Issues in the 113th Congress, November 4, 2014:

Border Security: Immigration Inspections at Ports of Entry, October 31, 2014:

Renewable Energy R&D Funding History: A Comparison with Funding for Nuclear Energy, Fossil Energy, and Energy Efficiency R&D, October 10, 2014:


Secrecy News is written by Steven Aftergood and published by the Federation of American Scientists.

The Secrecy News blog is at:

To SUBSCRIBE to Secrecy News, go to:


OR email your request to

Secrecy News is archived at:

SUPPORT the FAS Project on Government Secrecy with a donation here: