SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- The company auditing the Mass. Registry of Motor Vehicles has released their preliminary findings.
The report from Grant Thornton details several failures to process out-of-state driver notifications like the one that meant Volodymyr Zhukovskyy still had a license to drive the night his truck and trailer killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire.
However, it has also outlined other potential weaknesses in the RMV's framework.
In their review of the RMV's overall structure, Grant Thornton highlighted weaknesses in the agency's risk management and several areas where those weaknesses could put the public in danger.
Grant Thornton's report contends that the RMV does not have a strong method for monitoring and fixing problems that arise within the agency.
From what the documents suggest, the RMV identified the problem of unprocessed out-of-state violations as early as 2016 and again in March of 2018, but did not implement a concise way to process them.
Grant Thornton's report also highlighting other areas of potential risk for the RMV including issuing licenses and ID cards with fraudulent documents, cash embezzlement, and lax oversight of school buses and driver education schools
Though this is just the preliminary report, Grant Thornton suggests employing a chief compliance and risk officer to oversee these issues.
This comes as the report reveals an RMV employee opened Volodymyr Zhukovskyy's driving record prior to the deadly New Hampshire crash, but did not change it to reflect the 23-year-old's Connecticut DUI - a change that would have suspended Zhukovskyy's license and notified him of it.
That employee, Michael Noronha, claimed his duties did not include imputing convictions.
Grant Thornton reports Noronha's instruction has been updated, stating: "During an interview, Mr. Noronha stated that subsequent to the accident, he received training on posting withdrawals and convictions and assisted in completing the items that had been diverted into the manual intervention queue."
RMV officials have confirmed that Noronha is still an active employee at the RMV, adding that they will continue to cooperate with Grant Thornton and the legislature's separate investigation into the agency.