IRS Auditors Call for Constraints on Contractors Computer Access

Contractors blatantly circumvent IRS policies and procedures in some cases.

The Internal Revenue Service has allowed private contractors to put IRS computer systems and sensitive taxpayer data at risk, according to Treasury Department auditors. The auditors recommended that IRS officials restrict contractors computer access privileges to the minimum required for them to perform their jobs and that contactors be given updated workstations. In some cases, the report says, contractors blatantly circumvented IRS policies and procedures, even when IRS security personnel pointed out the inappropriate practices.

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