The Internal Revenue Service spent about $1.1 million in fiscal year 2011 on 754 BlackBerry smartphones and 13,878 wireless aircards that were not used for three months to a year, according to a new report.
The report, by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, found that 2,560 IRS employees may have been assigned an aircard or BlackBerry without required management approval. These devices cost the IRS more than $950,000 in fiscal year 2011, or about $4.8 million over five years.
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