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IRS, Security Summit Advise on Tax Data Protection

The Internal Revenue Service and partners from the Security Summit are asking tax professionals to rigorously review security measures used for protecting taxpayer data and related computers. The summit established a five-part checklist to help tax professionals analyze data security and ensure appropriate measures for protection, IRS said Tuesday.

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Federal Trade Commission Reports on Fraud Cases

The Federal Trade Commission has reached a new record in the number of received complaints regarding government imposters. FTC said Monday that it received 46,600 complaints in May on cases of scammers posing as government representatives, with a total of 176,200 complaints on the issue filed in 2019 as of spring.

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President Trump Signs Legislation Expanding IRS IT Modernization Authorities

President Trump has signed the Taxpayer First Act extending the Internal Revenue Service’s authority to directly hire cyber staff and offer a higher pay grade for such personnel through 2025, FCW reported Tuesday. The higher salary offer, which can reach up to $240,000, is intended to attract tech and cybersecurity talent, according to the Treasury Department’s inspector general.

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IRS Needs Boost in Cybersecurity to Protect Taxpayer Data

The Government Accountability Office called on Congress to expand the authority of the Internal Revenue Service to monitor and coordinate third-party providers to secure sensitive financial and taxpayer information more effectively against cyber threats. Nearly 90 percent of people file their taxes every year using commercial software or a paid tax return preparer. GAO issued a new report on Thursday highlighting that IRS is failing to properly monitor its service providers to protect financial information.

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NASCIO Members, Federal Agencies Discuss Cyber Issues at 2019 DC Fly-In

Members of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers met with key federal agencies as well as Federal CIO and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient Suzette Kent during the organization's D.C. Fly-In in event Washington, D.C., NASCIO said on Wednesday. NASCIO members engaged with officials from the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services unit, General Services Administration, Internal Revenue Service Office of Safeguards and First Responder Network Authority to discuss issues such as the standardization of federal cybersecurity policy.

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IRS CIO Gina Garza to Leave Office in May

Gina Garza, chief information officer at the Internal Revenue Service, will step down from the role at the end of May, Federal News Network reported Tuesday. A spokeswoman from the agency announced Garza's impending retirement. Nancy Sieger, deputy CIO for filing season and tax reform at IRS, will succeed Garza in the role. 

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IRS Releases Six-Year IT Modernization Plan

A recently released Internal Revenue Service report estimates that operations and maintenance costs for IRS information technology systems will reach $3 billion by fiscal 2026, Nextgov reported Monday. The six-year Integrated Business Modernization Plan released on Thursday states that the IRS spends over $2.2 billion to operate and maintain its systems every year.

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Charles Rettig: IRS Needs $2.7B in Funds Over Six Years to Back IT Modernization Plan

Charles Rettig, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, said the agency needs $2.3 to $2.7 billion in additional funds over the next six years to execute its information technology modernization plan, FCW reported Thursday. He told the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday the funds would help the IRS comply with the 2017 tax reform bill, Affordable Care Act and other laws that demand IT transformation.

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IRS Accelerating Contracting Compliance Process With New Automation Tool

The Internal Revenue Service plans to launch by the end of June an automation tool designed to help contracting officers reduce the time spent on a vendor compliance procedure from hours to minutes, Nextgov reported Monday. The IRS started a pilot test of a bot that works to help contracting officers speed up a compliance process - contractor responsibility determination - that screens vendors for red flags such as business prohibitions and past bankruptcies.

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