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Information Security: Further Efforts Needed to Address Significant Weaknesses at the Internal Revenue Service
GAO-07-364: Published: Mar 30, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2007.
In fiscal year 2006, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) collected about $2.5 trillion in tax payments and paid about $277 billion in refunds. Because IRS relies extensively on computerized systems, effective information security controls are essential to ensuring that financial and taxpayer information is adequately protected from inadvertent or deliberate misuse, fraudulent use, improper disclosu...
Information Security: Securities and Exchange Commission Needs to Continue to Improve Its Program
GAO-06-408: Published: Mar 31, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2006.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has a demanding responsibility enforcing securities laws, regulating the securities markets, and protecting investors. In enforcing these laws, SEC issues rules and regulations to provide protection for investors and to help ensure that the securities markets are fair and honest. It relies extensively on computerized systems to support its financial and...
Information Security: Department of Health and Human Services Needs to Fully Implement Its Program
GAO-06-267: Published: Feb 24, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 2006.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the nation's largest health insurer and the largest grant-making agency in the federal government. HHS programs impact all Americans, whether through direct services, scientific advances, or information that helps them choose medical care, medicine, or even food. For example, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a major operating...
Information Security: Radio Frequency Identification Technology in the Federal Government
GAO-05-551: Published: May 27, 2005. Publicly Released: May 27, 2005.
Radio frequency identification (RFID) is an automated data-capture technology that can be used to electronically identify, track, and store information contained on a tag that is attached to or embedded in an object, such as a product, case, or pallet. Federal agencies have begun implementation of RFID technology, which offers them new capabilities and efficiencies in operations. The reduced cost...
Information Security: Internal Revenue Service Needs to Remedy Serious Weaknesses over Taxpayer and Bank Secrecy Act Data
GAO-05-482: Published: Apr 15, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 2005.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) relies extensively on computerized systems to support its financial and mission-related operations. In addition, IRS provides computer processing support to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)--another Treasury bureau. As part of IRS's fiscal year 2004 financial statements, GAO assessed (1) the status of IRS's actions to correct or mitigate previous...
Information Security: Securities and Exchange Commission Needs to Address Weak Controls over Financial and Sensitive Data
GAO-05-262: Published: Mar 23, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 2005.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relies extensively on computerized systems to support its financial and mission-related operations. As part of the audit of SEC's fiscal year 2004 financial statements, GAO assessed the effectiveness of the commission's information system controls in protecting the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of its financial and sensitive information.S...
Information Security: Improvements Needed in Treasury's Security Management Program
GAO-04-77: Published: Nov 14, 2003. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2003.
The Department of the Treasury relies heavily on information systems--and on the public's trust in its work. Information security is therefore critical to Treasury operations. In support of its annual audit of the government's financial statements, GAO assessed the effectiveness of (1) Treasury's information security controls in protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the de...
Information Security: Progress Made, but Weaknesses at the Internal Revenue Service Continue to Pose Risks
GAO-03-44: Published: May 30, 2003. Publicly Released: May 30, 2003.
As part of its annual audits of IRS's financial statements, GAO assessed the effectiveness of information security controls at certain IRS facilities and over certain specific applications--controls meant to protect IRS's information systems and taxpayer data. Because the detailed reports that followed these reviews contained sensitive information and could be detrimental to the government if rele...
Critical Infrastructure Protection: Significant Challenges in Protecting Federal Systems and Developing Analysis and Warning Capabilities
GAO-01-1132T: Published: Sep 12, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2001.
Federal computer systems are riddled with weaknesses that continue to put critical operations and assets at risk. New information security provisions introduced by Congress will be a major catalyst for federal agencies to improve their security program management. To help maintain the momentum that the new information security reform provisions have generated, federal agencies must act quickly to...
Information Security: USDA Needs to Implement Its Departmentwide Information Security Plan
AIMD-00-217: Published: Aug 10, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the steps the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking to help ensure departmentwide information systems security.GAO noted that: (1) USDA has taken positive steps to begin improving its information security by developing its August 1999 Action Plan with recommendations to strengthen departmentwide information security and hiring a...