There are several layers of access privileges available in FMP that would be controlled by your dbase adminstrator. Your first stop would be to check with him/her to verify if a problem exists or not. The things you are seeing may be that way intentionally for a data entry function.
If the dbase administrator sees a problem with this, they would have to address it with thier level of access privileges. There is likely nothing you can do with a data entry level of privilege (assumption on my part).
Thanks, Ninja. Your comments sparked a memory of something the boss did. He's following up on that. Hopefully that will fix our little problem.