IRS fails to identify contractors with access to taxpayer data

The Internal Revenue Service risked disclosing taxpayer information when it failed to identify contractors that had access to financial records and to fix known security weaknesses at facilities where files are stored.

According to an audit released on Tuesday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the IRS did not identify all the vendors that store and process taxpayer data, making it impossible to complete annual security reviews. In addition, at facilities where the IRS did conduct reviews, it failed to check if weaknesses it had identified were corrected.

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