Matzie endorses PennDOT audit

HARRISBURG, May 24 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, applauded the announcement that Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has started an investigation into the state Transportation Department's selling of drivers' personal information and other issues as part of a wide-ranging performance audit.


Matzie previously has called for an audit regarding the selling of the potentially private information.


“I specifically asked the auditor general to review the benefits, as well as the potential dangers of selling this information, and to ensure the safety of the information that may be released,” Matzie said. “With the regular announcement of security breaches at so many different companies and government entities, limiting our resident’s potential exposure is essential.


“The process which the auditor general just began actually goes beyond my initial request and will also include an evaluation of the entire PennDOT procurement, bidding and project oversight processes.”


The transportation funding plan (Act 89 of 2013) gave PennDOT the authority to sell personal data such as information on drivers, registrations, titles and security interests to other individuals and businesses. The act also gave those third parties the authority to resell that information for an unspecified fee and without the payment of any additional fee to PennDOT.


Matzie introduced legislation in both the 2013-14 and 2015-16 legislative sessions that would have prohibited third-party businesses from selling information obtained through PennDOT for profit.


The audit will examine the time period from Jan. 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017 and is expected to be completed in 2018.