By David Hales, Marketing —
Working for the government has many advantages. You have access to hundreds of resources and are able to find and locate sensitive information at ease. People within these government agencies are trusted with confidential information such as social security numbers, names, passport numbers, etc. That is why it is vitally important to have people working in these agencies who can be trusted with this information. Recently in Tampa, Florida a case about tax refund fraud has uncovered that employees within the Tampa Police Department gave out names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth to known criminals to commit tax refund fraud.
Officers with access to this information passed this sensitive information on to a known informer for the police in Tampa, Florida. This known informant, Tonia Bright, has now been sentenced to twelve years in prison and has been deemed a “failure” because of how she abused her access to confidential information in the police department to pass the information on to felons. Bright committed this fraud for five years until it was recently brought to light. She worked for the police for thirty-one years, completed ethics courses, and received all excellent and outstanding marks in a recent evaluation of her work. Obviously these forms of screening and employee updating led the police force astray from the employee’s true intentions.
If employees are able to get their hands on highly sensitive personal information, shouldn’t there be a more effective and efficient way to screen employees? It sounds like it would be quite easy to start to access such delicate information—all you need to do is basically pass the eye test of interviewers and receive “excellent” remarks and go through courses to access the federal information. The government doesn’t need to use a complicated screening process that uses lots of federal money but it can use alternatives that are more cost effective but also have high percentages of success.