Washington (May 22, 2003) -- The honeymoon's over for newly installed Internal Revenue Service commissioner Mark Everson -- the General Accounting Office says the agency needs to improve its internal controls.

A report on issues identified during a fiscal year 2002 audit of the agency sets out areas in which the IRS still had shortcomings on internal control issues. Among the lapses, the report singled out security controls. It found that the IRS did not always ensure that couriers adhered to certain security requirements, and did not maintain consistently effective physical security controls over its receipt processing areas.

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