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Audit: Florida's Electronic Motor Vehicle System Has Security Problems

By: William Patrick FloridaWatchdog.org | Posted: April 14, 2014 3:55 AM
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A newly released audit of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ electronic processing system raises some serious red flags.

Nine of them, to be exact.

The system, known as the Florida Real Time Vehicle Information System, is used by the department, local tax collectors and tag offices throughout the state to process license plates, titles and vehicle registrations along with all associated taxes and fees.

On its website, the agency claims to “come into contact with nearly every Floridian as well as many visitors to our state.”

Last year, the system processed 335 million transactions and collected $2.3 billion.

Some of that information, much of it highly sensitive, has been at risk.

Auditors found nine separate areas where the system’s internal controls were lacking, three of which were previously cited in a 2008 review. In one instance, auditors found multiple issues with employees, contractors and outside agency employees having access to data they shouldn’t have.

“These conditions increase the risk of errors, fraud, misuse, or other unauthorized modification of FRVIS data,” the audit states.

One employee had access to the FRVIS system and its database more than 5 1/2 years after being fired. Seventeen employees had their user IDs deactivated but still had widespread access to sensitive information.

Another 27 employees and contractors had the ability to alter database tables critical to fee calculations, and an additional two dozen user IDs with inappropriate access privileges didn’t even identify the original person assigned to the ID.

The report cites various other examples of substandard data security, but the review only focused on evaluating the effectiveness of the program and didn’t investigate potential wrongdoing.

Watchdog.org contacted the Department of Safety and Motor Vehicles for comment but was told in an email, “The department’s response to the audit was provided to the auditor general and is included in the report.”

An April 3 letter signed by Julie L. Jones, the department’s executive director, states that “the results of (the) report will be used as part of the department’s continuous efforts to improve operations.”

A similar letter dated June 12, 2008, and signed by former Executive Director Electra Theodorides-Bustle, stated in relation to faulty security issues, “The department is addressing the confidential recommendations related to the FRVIS audit … We will develop a detailed action plan as a high-priority initiative to strengthen security-related controls as discussed.”



Contact William Patrick at wpatrick@watchdog.org.


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Comments (2)

Wonder why
10:45AM APR 16TH 2014
Wonder why they don't do an audit on the vote counting software and the outcomes of the elections?

Can they really fix those optical scanners to elect their chosen ones?

How was it possible that Obama got 141% of the votes cast in St. Lucie county Florida in November 2012?
No Wonder System Has Security Problems
10:43AM APR 16TH 2014
The system, known as the Florida Real Time Vehicle Information System, is used by the department, local tax collectors and tag offices throughout the state to process license plates, titles and vehicle registrations along with all associated taxes and fees. And, Last year, the system processed 335 million transactions and collected $2.3 billion.

We don't know how many of the other 66 Florida Tax Collector's that have "Security Problem's" but Lake County Tax Collector Bob McKee has used at least FOUR different dates of birth on government job applications and resumes three of which was with the Florida Department of Education for a part time teacher's certificate to coach baseball in the 1990's - one of which was on a 1976 FBI fingerprint card at the 9th Circuit State Attorneys Office in Orlando Florida - all in an effort to hide what was apparently a string of felony DUI's from Florida to New York. Everyone know this and no one has ever done a thing about it. Bob McKee also lied about his string of Master's Degree's and his Navy Time according to his DD 214.

So, when the Lake County Tax Collector has lied so many times about his dates of birth and education and even uses a fake High School Diploma and is one of the 67 Florida Tax Collectors with access to "the Florida Real Time Vehicle Information System" is there really any wonder why that system reportedly has "Security Problems?"

Bob McKee tells some folks that he is the godfather of Lake County Florida and that he is untouchable! That might very well be the only truth he had ever told in his life!

It is impossible to not have security problems when you do not even know the true identity of the Tax Collector's with access to the system!

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