2 officials sacked for not reporting loss of birth records that could have exposed 1,500 Texans to ID theft

Robert T. Garrett reports:

The state registrar of vital statistics and her top deputy have been fired for not disclosing several years ago that their office lost a book containing records of 500 Texas births in early 1993.

The missing book — one of about 800 volumes of birth records that state workers assemble each year from data passed on by local registrars — contained sensitive personal information on about 1,500 infants and parents, including the parents’ Social Security numbers, Department of State Health Services spokeswoman Carrie Williams said Wednesday.

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