Weaknesses in the Internal Revenue Service’s financial and tax-processing systems continue to jeopardize the confidentiality, integrity and availability of sensitive taxpayer information, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office.

The report acknowledged that the IRS has implemented numerous controls and procedures to protect its financial and tax-processing systems. However, it noted that the agency continues to face challenges in controlling access to its information resources. For example, the IRS has not always implemented controls for identifying and authenticating users, such as requiring users to set new passwords after a prescribed period of time, or appropriately restricted access to certain servers.

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