Local police now can access federal vehicle info on database


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The General Services Administration has added registration data on the entire fleet of federal vehicles to the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System, FedScoop reports.

The effort, which began in 2008 when GSA developed its own Federal Motor Vehicle Registration System, makes registration information on more than 250,000 federally owned or leased vehicles available to law enforcement officers through NLETS — a nonprofit information sharing network that links federal and local law enforcement with motor vehicle databases, allowing police to run routine checks on vehicles and drivers.

“Law enforcement personnel can access vehicle registration information from their onboard computers when making routine traffic stops or when otherwise monitoring vehicle/driver activity, and are thereby able to verify before approaching a vehicle that information such as make, model, model year, color, etc. match what is listed in the vehicle registration database,” GSA said in a redacted justification document posted on FedBizOpps.gov.

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