GAO Report reveals ex-IRS employees have access to your tax returns

The U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report Tuesday, revealing that as a result of major security flaws former employees including Lois Lerner can access your private tax returns. The GAO is a nonpartisan agency that “works” for Congress. They are responsible for investigating the federal government use of taxpayer money. The GAO report highlights major flaws in the security of IRS finance reporting systems. This is worried millions of Americans have now become even more worried about fraud.

The IRS calls for the agency to improving controls over financial and private taxpayer filings. The scathing GAO report cites the IRS failing to install important security updates on all of their databases and servers. The GAO reveals that the IRS allowed a developer unnecessary access to private data. GAO auditors also discovered the use of weak passwords. For instance, out of 112 mainframe service accounts, none were configured to need a password change, and IRS employees were using a generic account for one particular application, the report said. Some user accounts were capable of accessing or changing tax-payment related data. The audit points out that the IRS’ testing methodology did not consistently determine whether required controls operated effectively, which resulted in GAO examiners discovering control weaknesses undetected by IRS.  Read more at Examiner.com

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