The worker handed over the data “without seeking approval from Amtrak management or the Amtrak Police Department,” according to the report. The employee has been removed from service, and the railroad company has filed charges against the individual, the report said.
Under an agreement with the DEA, Amtrak police gives the agency information about passengers at no cost in exchange for a share of any funds seized through resulting investigations.
Amtrak is not a government agency, but it receives substantial federal subsidies. The company, which operates as a for-profit organization, is subject to the Freedom of Information Act.