As part of its audit of the Internal Revenue Service’s 2005-06 financial statements, the Government Accountability Office took a look at what the agency was doing to correct previously reported information security weaknesses.

To examine whether the controls in place were effective in ensuring the “confidentiality, integrity, and availability of financial and sensitive taxpayer information,” the GAO examined IRS information security policies and procedures, guidance, security plans, reports, and other documents. The office also tested controls over five critical applications at a trio of IRS sites and interviewed key security representatives and management officials.

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