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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The IRS Scandal, Day 1035

IRS Logo 2The Daily Caller News Foundation, IRS Failing To Properly Handle Data Nearly 2 Years After Lois Lerner:

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials don’t consistently report crucial information that ensures data backups are created and usable, a government watchdog reported Monday.

The IRS doesn’t know if its data backups are deleted or not created, and doesn’t test to ensure backups can be used if information is lost, even after a “significant” December 2014 incident, according to a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report.

“The IRS is not effectively managing its Tier II environment backup and restoration process,” the report said. “If the data is not backed up properly, a possibility exists that all taxpayer and management information could be lost and become unrecoverable.” ...

“IRS management does not have information to detect if a required backup is not created,” the report said. The IRS also doesn’t have consistent procedures to ensure backups are created routinely. Instead, officials rely on “professional judgement,” the report said. Advertisement Additionally, the IRS “does not routinely test restore of backups to ensure the integrity and reliability of the data by performing restores,” the report said. “Without forming a strategy for backup restore testing, the IRS cannot be assured it will have reliable backup data when needed.”

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Comments

The IRS probably considers this a benefit, not a bug. It gives them deniability and avoidance of responsibility when they want records to go "missing".

Posted by: ruralcounsel | Mar 9, 2016 4:46:41 AM

IRS loses vital data, Hey no Problem! Business loses vital data, goes out of business. Or business loses vital data requested by the IRS, go directly to jail.

Posted by: BigRed | Mar 9, 2016 8:10:06 AM

As we all know, in private industry an IT professional would be fired for this level of incompetence.

Posted by: JMOD46 | Mar 9, 2016 8:51:05 AM

Fired? They'd be in jail if data the IRS wanted wasn't available.

Posted by: mojo | Mar 9, 2016 10:21:25 AM

Farmers General. Guillotine.

Posted by: Teapartydoc | Mar 9, 2016 4:40:26 PM