The mishandling of classified documents is a chronic problem at the highest levels of the U.S. government, one person familiar with the matter told the Associated Press. At least several times a year, documents are located where they are not supposed to be and turned over to the National Archives.
On at least one occasion, Carter found sensitive government papers in his home in Georgia, the person told the AP. It is unclear when the discovery was made or when the documents were handed over.
Coincidentally, Carter signed the Presidential Records Act in 1978, though the law did not take effect