DOT OIG to conduct CDLIS audit

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The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General plans to initiate a performance audit of the Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS) as required by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act — A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).

There are more than 700,000 active motor carriers in the United States under the jurisdiction of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, with more than 13 million commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders on record and an estimated 2.7 million CDL holders with hazardous materials endorsements. The records of these commercial drivers are stored in CDLIS, which is used by every state department of motor vehicles (DMV) to track CDL holders as they move from state to state.

The objectives of this audit are to determine (1) if convictions and other personal information recorded in CDLIS and state DMV systems are accurate, timely and complete; (2) if CDLIS and state DMV systems are adequately secured according to minimum security standards to prevent unauthorized access to privacy data; and (3) if an adequate contingency plan exists to ensure continual CDLIS service to state DMVs in the event of a disaster.

The audit will be conducted at FMCSA headquarters, the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators’ CDLIS contractor sites, and selected state motor vehicle administration offices.