Washington (July 2, 2003) -- While improvements have been made in the five years since the passage of the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act, the IRS’s financial information and taxpayers’ personal information remain at risk, according to a letter from the agency’s Director of Strategic Issues.

“Until IRS effectively and fully implements its agency-wide information security program, assurance will remain limited that IRS’s financial information and taxpayers’ personal information are adequately safeguarded against unauthorized use, disclosure, and modification, and its exposure to these risks will remain unnecessarily high,” IRS Director of Strategic Issues James R. White wrote in a June 27 letter to William M. Thomas, chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation. The letter was in response to questions posed regarding the IRS’s accomplishments in the years since the passage of the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998.

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