Grassley seeks IRS answers on computer security weaknesses

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) today asked the IRS commissioner to account for weaknesses in computer systems that create opportunities for taxpayer or employee data to be lost, corrupted or stolen.

“Protecting taxpayers’ information and ensuring efficient and appropriate administration of the tax system are of paramount concern,” Grassley wrote to Commissioner John Koskinen.  “This is especially so in today’s world with identify thefts on the rise.”

Grassley cited numerous audits from the Government Accountability Office that cite computer security weaknesses at the IRS and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s (TIGTA) finding of “Security for Taxpayer Data and IRS Employees” as the number one management and performance challenge for the IRS in Fiscal Year 2015.

Grassley asked for an accounting of how the IRS plans to address problems with server or database patches, passwords, and audit and monitoring capabilities.

Grassley is a senior member and former chairman of the Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over the IRS.

The text of Grassley’s letter is available here.