National Archives at Risk

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - An audit prompted in part by the loss of the Wright Brothers' flying machine patent file and maps for the atomic
bomb missions in Japan finds some of the nation's precious historical documents are in danger of being lost for good.

Nearly 80 percent of U.S. government agencies are at risk of illegally destroying public records and the National Archives is saddled with a backlog of records needing preservation care, an audit by the Government Accountability Office found.

The GAO report obtained by The Associated Press said the Archives isn't keeping up with vast volumes - let alone preserving all the nation's historical documents. It says many agencies don't follow proper procedures in disposing of public records.

Archives officials had no immediate comment.
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