Friday, April 15, 2016

Of course not …

 Can you trust IRS to keep your tax data secure? - (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
The GAO has been warning about problems with IRS security since it started writing these reports in 2007. In each report, the GAO has issued recommendations for the IRS to improve security. After each report, the IRS did a few of those things, but ignored most of the recommendations. In this year's report, for example, the GAO complained that the IRS ignored 47 of its 70 recommendations from 2015. In its 2015 report, it complained that the IRS only mitigated 14 of the 69 weaknesses it identified in 2013. The 2012 report didn't paint IRS security in any better light.
What exactly can you trust the government to do well, or economically, or efficiently? Damned little, if anything. This is the reef on which proposals that the government do this or that inevitably founder. Of course, this is all based on a GAO report — and the GAO is also a government agency. So …

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