INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 14, 2015) - The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) is in hot water again. Your private information could potentially be compromised after three former BMV employees who were fired from their jobs were given continued access to Hoosiers’ confidential auto records.
Hoosier drivers are now concerned that their personal information, including vehicle titles, license plates, registrations and home addresses could be compromised.
“From what I understand, the BMV gave permission for each of these individual particular employees who they had previously fired, to have this access, so I think the blame has to lie with the BMV,” said IndyStar reporter Tony Cook.
An IndyStar investigation spearheaded by Cook revealed three former BMV employees, two fired for questions over ethics, and the other for poor job performance, were hired at Express MVA, a private contractor for the BMV.
While working at Express MVA, the investigation reveals, the BMV allowed Express MVA access to highly guarded and confidential files with the sensitive information of thousands of Hoosier motorists.
“If they weren’t doing a good job at the BMV or if there were ethical issues while they were working for the BMV why should they be trusted with the same information and much of the same responsibilities now in the role as a private contractor for the BMV,” said Cook.
Express MVA is facing its fair share of issues. A BMV audit of the company found they had missing temporary tags, incomplete documentation and other irregularities. Some of the issues, Cook reports, can be traced back to a fired BMV employee.
“Are you kidding me? How is it ok that somebody’s fired from the BMV and then they go to work for a private contractor with the same access they had to very sensitive information?” said Julia Vaughn, Policy Director for the government watchdog organization Common Cause Indiana.
Vaughn says this latest BMV slip-up is a part of a growing lack of transparency between the public and government agencies.
“Hopefully the BMV can get control, that the right hand will know what the left hand is doing,” she said.
This comes after the former BMV Chief of Staff is being investigated for his role with Express MVA, and after the BMV admitted to overcharging Hoosier motorists by more than $60 million this year.
The BMV said Monday they are taking a look at which employees; past and present, have access to private driver information.