September 12, 2018
From the desk of David F. Wiley, Director of IT:
An audit released on September 6, 2018 by the Massachusetts Office of State Auditor Suzanne Bump found that 1905 driver’s licenses were issued to deceased individuals. Most of these licenses were issued to people who died between 1988 and 2010. Now here’s the kicker: 97% of the licenses issued to deceased individuals were still ACTIVE as of January 2018. Cost?Unknown. Dead people using a driver’s license can’t be good.
The Massachusetts’s Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) processed over 10,000 requests for disability parking cards – again, from deceased people in the Death Master file. Cost?Loss of parking meter revenue.
In their defense, the RMV stated the license audit was incorrect. RMV spokesperson Jacquelyn Goddard and Gov. Charlie Baker rejected the findings, stating 1900 individuals on the list were verified as alive. However, in the case of the disability parking cards, the RMV, stated it would be a burden for individuals to reapply every five years. While that may be true, what prevents the RMV from checking for deaths every day, month, year?
The list of tax dollars lost for Massachusetts continues:
- In 2010, 11,000+ deceased people applied for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
- In 2013 an audit of the Department of Transitional Assistance paid over $2,000,000.00 in benefits to deceased individuals.
- In 2016 an audit by the Massachusetts State of Recruitment Board paid more than $687,000.00 in pension payments to deceased individuals.
Recommendations for Massachusetts
We’d like to make some recommendations to the Massachusetts Office of State Auditor Suzanne Bump. We have a system in place that can check for deaths daily. If you need an on-demand (AdHoc) check, we can do that as well. In the case of the disability placards, the State of Massachusetts can also check daily, weekly or monthly for deceased people. If found, cancel the placards and request its return. This is a more cost-effective option than losing all that parking revenue. It’s faster too, with no burden to the individual.
LifeStatus360 has the (Death Audit) Solution
We know the State of Massachusetts could save taxpayer monies by contracting with us to audit their roles, applicants and pensioners using a modern, fast and efficient solution. There is no need for cumbersome manual checks; we have automated the entire process for you. Current technology, contemporary speed, up-to-the-minute results.
We encourage the Office of the State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump to give us a call. We can save your state hard-earned taxpayer dollars.