The missing items range from new Dell and Compaq computers to scientific equipment. Two Republican congressmen suspect the thefts may have been an inside job.
"The scope of property mismanagement and outright theft at CDC is both astonishing and baffling," Barton wrote the newspaper. "Absent laptops are hardly unique to CDC, but the centers may just have the worst record in the federal government for vanishing computers."
Computers worth more than $500,000 were among the 5,547 items that have disappeared.
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