Treasury Inspector General Faults IRS Security

Busy day for TIGTA in releasing reports! A report released by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration found that the IRS had inadequate controls on its routers and switches, potentially allowing a disgruntled employee, contractor or hacker to reconfigure the network equipment to disrupt operations or steal taxpayer information. On the other hand, another report released by TIGTA found no significant problems with the way the IRS has been processing tax returns this season. A third report found that the IRS has sufficient guidance for handling joint filer collection activity information requests. A fourth report released by TIGTA today covered the restrictions on whether the IRS complied with legal guidelines on directly contacting taxpayers and their representatives, but the results were inconclusive. TIGTA also released a fifth report that audited the IRS's Federal Financial Management remediation plan and found that 10 of the 35 remedial actions open at year end were extended by six to 18 months.

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