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Audit finds CDC misplaced $8 million in equipment

ATLANTA (AP) - Government auditors say the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lost or misplaced more than $8 million in property in 2007, losing track of items including computer and video equipment.

Agency officials said Wednesday they have corrected the lapses that led to that amount of waste.

The report was released this week by the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services, the parent agency of the CDC.

In 2007, the auditors checked on 200 randomly sampled items and found 15 were lost or not inventoried, including a $1.8 million hard disk drive and a $978,000 video conferencing system.

CDC Director Doctor Thomas Frieden wrote the inspector general that the CDC agrees with the report's conclusions and has now instituted better controls.

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