Luetkemeyer questions federal involvement in DOR controversy


By Collin Reischman

Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-MO

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo — Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-MO, announced Thursday that he was sending letters to three federal officials seeking information about the federal government’s role in the Missouri Department of Revenue document scanning process.

In a letter, Luetkemeyer expressed his concerns about a “transfer of sensitive personal data from driver’s licenses and conceal and carry permits from the Missouri Department of Revenue and the Missouri State Highway Patrol to the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security,” according to a press release.

Luetkemeyer has been “increasingly concerned” in the last few weeks about conflicting information revealing the Department of Revenue tranfered personally identifying information to federal authorities through Missouri State Highway Patrol, his office said.

“This is very clearly a violation of one’s personal privacy, not to mention Missouri law, and I cannot adequately express to you my incredible concern over this request,” Luetkeymeyer’s letter read.

The letters were sent to inspector general of the Social Security Administration, Patrick O’Carroll Jr., acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn Colvin and Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano.

On Thursday, representatives of Luetkemeyers office were in the Missouri Capitol where they met with lawmakers investigating the issue.