On the heels of continuing revelations about the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny in evaluating applications for tax-exempt status, the Government Accountability Office has released a new report finding that the IRS needs to improve its internal controls.

The GAO report is not related to the eagerly anticipated report that the Treasury Inspector General is expected to issue this week on the IRS’s evaluations of Tea Party groups and others, in which an IRS official admitted last Friday it screened the applications searching for terms like “patriot,” “conservative” and “tea party” in their names (see IRS Apologizes for Flagging Anti-Tax Groups for Extra Scrutiny and Congress Plans Hearings on IRS Scrutiny of Tea Party Groups). However, the GAO report does shed some light on IRS procedures.

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