Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration today released Inadequate Aircard and BlackBerry Assignment and Monitoring Processes Result in Millions of Dollars in Unnecessary Access Fees (2013-10-010):
In Fiscal Year 2011, the IRS had approximately 35,000 active aircards and more than 4,400 BlackBerrys assigned to employees, providing them with mobile Internet and e-mail access. TIGTA found that cost savings can be achieved if the IRS ensures that only those employees with a valid business need are assigned an aircard and/or BlackBerry and provides more effective oversight and monitoring of these devices. Improved policies and procedures can result in savings of $5.9 million over five years. ...
Processes for assigning and monitoring the use of aircards and BlackBerrys are not adequate to ensure that employees have a business need for the devices. Assignment of these devices is generally based on job series classifications without adequately ensuring a business need exists.
In addition, the IRS paid approximately $1.1 million during Fiscal Year 2011 for 13,878 aircards and 754 BlackBerrys that were not used for periods of three months to one year. For example, TIGTA identified 45 aircards and 68 BlackBerrys that were not used at all for the entire 12 months of the fiscal year.
Finally, 2,560 employees may have been assigned an aircard or BlackBerry without required management approval. These devices cost the IRS more than $950,000 in Fiscal Year 2011, or about $4.8 million over five years.