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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Ind. Gov't. - "More flubs get BMV new leader: Pence announces audit office for department"

An Oct. 20, 2014 AP story was headed "The problems at the BMV stretch back at least to 2004, when the state moved to a new system for crafting and administering fees."

Niki Kelly reported yesterday in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is getting a new leader and internal controls after yet another announcement Monday of newly discovered overcharges to Hoosier drivers.

That brings the total to about $57 million to be returned to BMV customers since the fall of 2013.

An internal review being handled by consultant BKD identified the latest snafus.

Gov. Mike Pence said about $13 million in undercharges were discovered too but Hoosiers will not be asked to repay the money to the BMV. Instead, the law will be changed to keep the lower fees.

“I want the back office at the BMV to run as well as the front office does,” he said. * * *

Pence also announced a new internal audit department will be set up within the BMV central office that will report to both agency superiors and the State Board of Accounts.

He said the BMV is a large, complex bureaucracy that applies a thousand fees and taxes that have evolved over several administrations. He acknowledged that sometimes the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing.

“I’m very confident we can reform it,” Pence said. “This is a whole new era of fiscal responsibility.”

The ILB has highlighted the quote about "a thousand fees" for use in a later post about another agency...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 4, 2015 10:16 AM
Posted to Indiana Government