The Internal Revenue Service is taking issue with a new report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration that faults the IRS for taking longer than expected to upgrade its computer systems to allow the use of SmartID cards for improved security.

TIGTA noted in the report it publicly released Monday that the President’s Cyberspace Policy emphasized that agencies need to use SmartID cards to access computer systems. But the IRS has delayed its scheduled September 2011 implementation of the SmartID card authentication system to July 2013, the report noted.

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