National Archives searches home of former employee

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) – The National Archives says it’s cooperating with a theft investigation involving a retired employee whose home was searched by federal agents this week.

The Archives acknowledged the investigation Tuesday. Inspector General Paul Brachfeld says agents from his office helped search the home. He wouldn’t say whether any items were seized because the case is under court seal.

On Thursday, the news site TBD first reported the search of longtime Archives employee Leslie Waffen’s home. U.S. Marshals Service spokesman David Ablondi tells TBD that Waffen has not been charged with a crime.

Waffen most recently led the motion picture, sound and videounit before retiring in June.

The search came as two government audits found problems with the Archives’ record management and security.

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