A legislative review triggered by a Sun Herald story has found several problems with the way state agencies handle confidential information.
The Joint Legislative Committee on Performance, Evaluation and Expenditure began investigating the records practices after the Sun Herald reported that thousands of pages containing copies of Social Security cards, birth certificates and other sensitive information had been found on the Bay St. Louis bridge. The records were traced back to the defunct Gulf Coast Community Action Agency, a social services agency that operated in Hancock, Harrison, Stone, George and Greene counties until it lost its federal funding and closed in 2015.
The agency was supposed to hand the records over to the Department of Human Services under a closeout agreement, and GCCAA reported in April of 2016 that it had done so. It wasn’t until the records were found blowing across the bridge that DHS learned GCCAA hadn’t complied with the agreement.