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GSA, VA, IRS Raise Micropurchase, Simplified Acquisition Thresholds

The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, General Services Administration and the Internal Revenue Service have executed emergency procurement authorities to accelerate contract awards in support of COVID-19 relief efforts, Federal News Network reported Friday. VA, GSA and the IRS raised their simplified acquisition threshold and micropurchase threshold for purchases made in the U.S.

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PSC Requests IRS Allowance of Leave Sharing Programs in Reaction to COVID-19; Alan Chvotkin Quoted

The Professional Services Council (PSC) has requested that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) allow employers to develop leave sharing programs to aid employees affected by Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the organization announced on Friday.

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IRS to Post First Solicitation on Pilot IRS Procurement Vehicle

The Internal Revenue Service will soon post a solicitation on Pilot IRS, a procurement vehicle that will be an avenue for the IRS to access technology which will improve its processes, Nextgov reported Monday. Scheduled to be issued in August, the program’s first solicitation will be regarding the automation of contract-related financial updates.

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GAO Reports on IRS Information Security

The Government Accountability Office has reviewed the Internal Revenue Service's data security and discovered 14 new vulnerabilities. GAO said Thursday that it evaluated IRS' information security controls in fiscal year 2018 and recommends the revenue agency to bolster protection of financial and taxpayer information.

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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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