IRS: Tax info compromised via third-party service
May 26, 2015
The Internal Revenue Service announced Tuesday that data taken from third-party sources has been used to access 100,000 accounts through the IRS’s “Get Transcript” application.
David Stegon was a staff reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop from 2011-2014.
The Federal Communications Commission failed to implement appropriate information security controls in the initial components of the Enhanced Secured Network project, the Government Accountability Office said in a new report.
“Although FCC took steps to enhance its ability to control and monitor its network for security threats, weaknesses identified in the commission’s deployment of components of the ESN project as of August 2012 resulted in unnecessary risk that sensitive information could be disclosed, modified, or obtained without authorization,” GAO said.
GAO said FCC’s efforts to effectively manage the ESN project were hindered by its inconsistent implementation of procedures for estimating costs, developing and maintaining an integrated schedule, managing project risks and conducting oversight.
If not addressed, these weaknesses could pose challenges for the commission to achieve the project’s goal of improved security GAO said.
Specifically, GAO said FCC: