Paul L. Caron

Thursday, March 10, 2011

TIGTA: IRS Can't Find 9% of its Guns and Other Investigative Equipment

TIGTA The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration yesterday released Weaknesses Continue to Exist in the Controls Over Investigative Equipment (2011-30-008):

The IRS should strengthen its controls over its investigative equipment to prevent waste and loss, according to a report publicly released today by TIGTA.

The IRS’s Criminal Investigation Division has nearly 44,000 pieces of investigative equipment ranging from cars and badges to firearms and radios with a total value of nearly $126 million. This equipment is essential to accomplish the IRS’s investigative and enforcement functions. ...

Although CI took steps to strengthen controls over its equipment inventory, TIGTA’s new audit identified continued weaknesses. CI management did not properly conduct annual inventory reviews, update its inventory database to include all purchases of investigative equipment, conduct required security reviews, or restrict access to investigative equipment to authorized personnel. ...

TIGTA visited CI headquarters and three field offices and physically verified a sample of investigative equipment items against the equipment database. TIGTA could not locate or find proper support for 23 or approximately 9% of the items valued at $82,326. Further analysis showed that 11 of those 23 items could not be located because they had been disposed of without adequate documentation.

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Tracked on Mar 10, 2011 6:18:17 AM


Does the fact that the IRS even HAS guns to lose scare the living crap out of anyone else?

Posted by: brainy435 | Mar 11, 2011 9:12:32 AM

Maybe the guns are in Mexico? Certainly the BATF has demonstrated a desire to arm the cartels, is it possible that this goal is administration-wide?

Posted by: MikeT | Mar 11, 2011 7:35:15 AM

Yet, the IRS goes nuts if we can't find a three year old receipt.

Posted by: Woody | Mar 10, 2011 10:06:36 PM